Whatever notions that CBD was just another wellness fad are officially dead. Need proof? Look no further than a Gallup poll released last week. According to the poll, one in every seven Americans now use CBD for its therapeutic benefits.
While federal regulations around CBD remain unsettled for now, the legalization of hemp in 2018 allowed access to CBD to explode throughout the country. The poll found that younger Americans and those living in Western states are more likely to admit using CBD. However, itâ€™s worth noting that 50 percent of Americans still donâ€™t consume CBD, with another 35 percent confessing they have no familiarity with CBD products at all.
Among those aged 30 or younger, CBD usage jumps to 20 percent and lack of knowledge around CBD products drops to 26 percent. Those numbers reverse for older demographics. Both these trends mirror what previous Gallup polls found in marijuana usage, as younger people reporting more consumption while older folks less.
The reasons why Americans are turning to CBD vary across the board, with pain relief ranking highest at 40 percent. Other major reasons for American CBD usage include anxiety (20 percent), insomnia (11 percent) and arthritis (eight percent). That said, women were more likely than men to use CBD to relieve anxiety symptoms (25 percent versus 14 percent), while men turned to CBD as a sleep aid more than women (15 percent vs. eight percent).
And though the majority of polled Americans report using CBD for medical and therapeutic relief, 5 percent of respondents admit to recreational usage of CBD.
Though CBD proliferating through the U.S. might give cannabis enthusiasts cheer, itâ€™s equally important for consumers to recognize whether theyâ€™re purchasing the real deal or expensive snake oil. Remember, misinformation around CBD can be life-threatening, especially when using for medicinal purposes.
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