The largest survey to date on CBD has spread some light on the benefits people are finding with medical marijuana. The survey, conducted by HelloMD and the Brightfield Group, showed that women are more inclined to use CBD then men. And once they start using it, many stopped taking traditional meds.
42 Percent of People Surveyed Stopped Taking Traditional Meds
According to Dr. Perry Solomon, chief medical officer at HelloMD, 42 percent of the people who used CBD stopped taking conventional pain relievers. Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, and even stronger prescription drugs like Vicodin were ditched once users started taking CBD.
Solomon noted that the majority of people who took CBD used it for insomnia, joint pain, depression, and anxiety. 80 percent of those surveyed said they found CBD products to be “very or extremely effective.” Out of the 2,400 people surveyed, only 3 percent found little to no effect at all.
Still A Lot to Learn About CBD
“We are seeing an exponential rise in the interest of CBD products from our patient community, particularly among women,” said Solomon. “While we still have much to learn about CBD, we cannot ignore this one fact; the majority of those using CBD products today receive great benefit. This has the potential for far-reaching consequences.”
There is undoubtedly much more to be learned about CBD, just as Solomon said. Many consumers don’t know where to begin when looking for the best CBD products to fit their needs. With over 850 brands of cannabis-derived and 150 hemp-derived CBD products on the market, it can be difficult to know what to choose.
For example, 8 percent of the people surveyed didn’t know if they were using a hemp or cannabis-derived CBD product. Solomon believes however, that “this confusion is actually helping the producers of these products as consumers are turning to reliable and trusted brands.”
Marijuana-Derived CBD Favored Over Hemp-Derived Products
The survey found that 90 percent of participants would only choose marijuana-derived CBD. Those who used hemp-derived CBD expressed that it did not seem to be as effective.
The survey also found that the preferred method of consumption was vaping. Solomon says this could be because people who use a vaporizer tend to feel effects faster than other methods. Smoking traditional flower came in second, with edibles as the third choice for consumption.
With over 40 percent of participants ditching traditional meds, CBD shows serious promise. “This landmark survey, in terms of its size and depth, shows the tremendous value that these products have for patients,” Solomon said. “Hopefully, access for products such as these will help patients all across the country who cannot obtain medication that contains THC.”