A large survey of over 2,400 cannabidiol (CBD) product users has found that 42 percent were able to stop taking prescription and traditional medications. Market research firm Brightfield Group and online community HelloMD collaborated on the largest study, which is the largest to examine CBD usage and efficacy to date.
Eighty percent of those surveyed said that they believe CBD to be “very or extremely effective” for treating their symptom or condition. About 66 percent of CBD users indicated that CBD was either “more effective” or “much more effective” in relieving their medical conditions than over-the-counter products, and 52 percent said CBD was more effective than prescription drugs.
“This study is exciting because it shows there is potentially a huge barely-tapped market for CBD products that could improve the lives of many people,” said Bethany Gomez, Director of Research for Brightfield Group. “With further research and public education, CBD could be an effective alternative treatment for many people, particularly at a time when our nation is in the midst of an opioid crisis.”
According to the survey, the most common conditions that people use CBD for include anxiety (67 percent), insomnia (60 percent), joint pain and inflammation (52 percent), and depression (43 percent). Others used CBD to help relieve muscle tension or strain, migraines or tension headaches, severe or chronic pain, and nausea.
The survey found that 80 percent of consumers use their CBD products at least once a week, and 41 percent use them every day. Seventy-six percent of participants answered that they would likely buy hemp-derived CBD products, or have used them in the past and plan to purchase them again.
“We are seeing an exponential rise in the interest of CBD products from our patient community – particularly among women,” said Dr. Perry Solomon, Chief Medical Officer of HelloMD. “While we still have much to learn about CBD, we cannot ignore this one fact; the majority of those using CBD product today receive great benefit. This has the potential for far-reaching consequences.”
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