CBD is a naturally occurring compound in cannabis and hemp that offers therapeutic and even medicinal solutions for a number of conditions.
According to data recently collected by Gallup, one of the largest US analytics and consulting firms based in Washington, DC, at least one in seven Americans use CBD, and most of them use it for pain. This is partly the result of the Trump administrations’ demise of the 2018 Farm Bill, which allows the cultivation of hemp containing high levels of CBD (short for cannabidiol) but only tracks amounts of THC (the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis and hemp).
The latest survey found that Americans of younger demographics and those living on the West Coast were more likely to use CBD. And while the survey found that around 20% of those under 30 said they use CBD, that number falls in the older age groups. That statistic was clear as only 8% of people over 65 surveyed claimed to use CBD.
At the same time, 49% of people in that age group said they have never heard of CBD before. At the region-by-region level, the survey found that 21% of adults in certain age groups on the West Coast use CBD and CBD products, compared to just 13% in the South and 11% on the East Coast and Midwest.
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When asked what they use CBD, the polls returned with some interesting answers. While 40% reported that they specifically use CBD for pain , 20% said they use it for anxiety and panic attacks. At the same time, 11% said they use it for insomnia and only 8% said they use CBD for arthritis.
Other prominent figures from the same survey indicated that Americans also use CBD for headaches, stress, muscle spasms, depression, and to treat various skin ailments. The gender divide when it comes to CBD products is roughly in the middle, although women are more likely to use CBD for anxiety and men are more likely to use CBD for insomnia. according to the survey.
The Farm Act that allows the cultivation of CBD-rich crops has led to a wave of new CBD products on the market. You can buy anything from CBD bath bombs to CBD coffee, and there are even CBD mints and CBD popcorn for those so inclined.
However, due to decades of prohibition of cannabis and hemp plants, many people don’t even know what CBD is, let alone think it’s a good thing. All of those stigmas when it comes to anything related to cannabis will likely take a few years to reverse.
Indeed, when it comes to people in their 60s, a solid education on the purported benefits of CBD and other compounds in cannabis and hemp has to take place in one form or another. This is especially true for people, including retirees, who would choose to treat their condition and manage their pain with natural, prescription CBD.
For now, it’s up to the FDA to make sense of CBD and enact the right guidelines and regulations for the nascent industry. As cannabis also becomes legal in many states in America and Canada , reeducation is one of the most vital pieces of the puzzle, and this applies to people of all ages and from all walks of life.