Federal regulations, as of yet, haven't been issued for CBD, and according to a Gallup Poll survey, this isn't stopping individuals in the U.S. from using this cannabis cannabinoid. In fact, 14 percent (one in seven) of Americans say they're using some form of CBD, mostly therapeutically. Sleep or insomnia is the third top reason the poll cited for Americans using CBD products.
The poll, which involved over 2,500 adults being phone interviewed from June 19 to July 12, shows the wide appeal of CBD nationwide.
CBD or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid that naturally occurs from the cannabis plant. It's a compound in the cannabis plant often used medicinally. CBD products aren't psychoactive because they contain little to no levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid in cannabis that causes the "high" often associated with the herb.
The study shows younger individuals in the U.S. that are between 18 and 29 years old, as well as those living in the Western U.S., have a higher likelihood of reporting the use of CBD products, and most use it for its therapeutic benefits.
There was a 16 percent progressive decline of use in those between 30 and 49 years old, and an even further decline to 11 percent in those between 50 to 64 years of age. Basically, the study showed older U.S. adults weren't as familiar with CBD products.
Also, according to the study, 21 percent of individuals in the Western U.S. use CBD-infused products while 13 percent in the South use them, and 11 percent in the Midwest and East use them.
The higher cannabis use in the Western U.S. was attributed by the study to many Western states legalizing CBD. Because of this, CBD products have had a longer availability time to those living in these states.
Overall, around 90 percent of all responses were those accounted to therapeutic use, with only five percent accounting for recreational use of CBD.
Why Individuals in the U.S. Use CBD Products
The study showed the purpose or condition in which CBD products were used were:
- Forty percent for pain (nonspecific)
- Twenty percent for anxiety
- Eleven percent for insomnia/sleep
- Eight percent for arthritis
- Five percent for headaches/migraines
- Five percent for stress
- Four percent for muscle soreness/spasms
- Four percent for nonspecific general health
- Four percent for mental health/neurological disorders/ADHD/PTSD
- Four percent for recreational use
- Two percent for depression
- Two percent for skin care
- One percent for pets
- One percent for digestive/gastrointestinal issues
- One percent for inflammation
- Seven percent for other
- One percent for no opinion
This polls provides another example of how the CBD industry has exploded in growth, and the strong interest individuals in the U.S. have in finding pharmaceutical alternatives to treat a variety of conditions, especially pain.
However, even though CBD products are starting to show up all over — dispensaries, grocery stores, online, gas stations, pet stores, and more, The FDA is still developing rules for allowing marketing of CBD as a dietary supplement and in food. At the moment, the FDA is making it a priority to enforce against CBD companies making unsanctioned claims regarding CBD products' therapeutic benefits.
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