Over the last few years, new developments in cannabis legalization have significantly shifted the attitudes of many on both medicinal and recreational cannabis use. Before the previous few years, many of those who used cannabis products, even if for therapeutic reasons, were shunned and shamed in the workplace and their social lives.
Constant drug testing makes it difficult to use cannabis medicinally and keep a corporate job, leaving many people to turn to other methods of self-medicating. Until 2018 CBD was not federally legalized, meaning that even the most therapeutic parts of the cannabis plant could not be legally isolated and utilized for those who needed it. Using the word ‘cannabis’ in this country would likely be met with judgmental stares and mutterings of the word ‘stoner.’ However, recently, attitudes surrounding hemp have changed significantly in America.
One of the primary reasons why Americans have become more accepting of hemp is due to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill acted primarily as an extension of relevant agricultural and food policies, but included some new laws surrounding CBD and hemp that would change the scope of cannabis in the USA. Hemp comes from the same general cannabis plant as traditional recreational marijuana but contains significantly less THC and significantly more CBD. This lack of THC causes hemp to be non-intoxicating, instead having a non-psychoactive therapeutic effect on the body.
Due to this crucial difference, the US government decided it would be reasonable to loop hemp in with other crops. As long as the hemp being cultivated doesn’t contain more than 0.3% THC, it’s completely legal to grow and sell under the 2018 Farm Bill. This bill allowed both online retailers and hemp dispensaries to become active in all fifty states, and online retailers can ship their hemp products anywhere in the country.
Because of this accessibility, many more people had the opportunity to try hemp and CBD products for themselves and see what the hype was truly about. Upon seeing the potential for CBD products for everyday wellness and healing, it seems many people changed their attitudes about hemp.
In a survey conducted by Survata, 454 online users were asked about their backgrounds and attitudes surrounding cannabis. More than half of responders met questions about their views on cannabis with positive responses. Just over 53 percent of responses said that they associated cannabis use with relaxation, a common side effect of CBD products.
Many people also report experiencing a euphoric feeling after ingesting CBD products, making it easier for them to focus or fall asleep. Furthermore, just over 61 percent of surveyed people reported that they think cannabis should be legalized federally for recreational use.
The field surrounding CBD, cannabis, and hemp is continually changing and evolving. More research is being done every day to corroborate the various medicinal effects that users anecdotally report. Overall, it seems as though people are becoming more open and sympathetic to the idea that cannabis users come in all shapes and sizes, and they can use hemp for a variety of different medicinal or recreational purposes.
Although there’s always more research to be done on hemp’s potential, attitudes toward its everyday use are indeed becoming more open-minded and positive.