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Survey: Majority of CBD Users Eventually Able to Stop Using Prescription Drugs

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In the largest survey regarding cannabidiol (CBD), it was found that women are more likely to use CBD than men. Those using CBD were also able to cutback or stop taking their prescribed medications. The survey was conducted by Brightfield Group. The results were compiled from 2,400 respondents.

The survey concluded that 55 percent of those using CBD are women, according to Forbes. Men seem to prefer THC products. According to Dr. Perry Solomon, some of the most common reasons for using CBD include joint pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression.

Forty-two percent of the survey respondents indicate that they stopped using medications such as Tylenol, Vicodin and other prescribed medications. Eighty percent said that CBD products have been “very or extremely effective.” Only 3 percent said that CBD is either non-effective or only slightly effective.

More than 850 CBD brands are currently available on the U.S. market. There are also at least 150 hemp-based CBD derived products available. In the survey, 80 percent said they didn’t know which CBD (hemp- or marijuana-derived) they were using.

The DEA has determined that all CBD products are illegal because CBD is an extract for the cannabis plant, yet CBD products are available almost everywhere. Online sources, such as Amazon, also have CBD products available.

Dr. Solomon said, “This confusion is actually helping the producers of these products as consumers are turning to reliable and trusted brands.”

Some of the top producers of marijuana-derived CBD products include:

  • Care by Design
  • Bloom Farms
  • Kiva Confections

The biggest complaint among those surveyed is that marijuana-derived CBD products are more expensive.

In regards to hemp-derived CBD products, industry leaders include:

  • Charlotte’s Web (produced by the Stanley Brothers)
  • Plus CBD Oil
  • Mary’s Nutritionals

The biggest complaint regarding hemp-derived CBD is that some say it isn’t as effective as marijuana-derived CBD. Of those surveyed, 90-percent said they’d only make repeat purchases of marijuana-derived CBD.

The preferred method of delivery among all surveyed is vaping. In second place, is flower. Coming in third is edibles.

The average dollar amount spent per month on CBD products ranges between $20 and $80.

Vaping CBD delivers it faster and typically provides quicker relief. Edibles take longer due to digestion. For insomnia sufferers, according to Dr. Solomon, vaping will help the falling asleep process but may not be effective for staying asleep. In this case, edibles are the ideal option.

Dr. Solomon also said, “This landmark survey, in terms of its size and depth, shows the tremendous value that these products have for patients. Hopefully, access for products such as these will help patients all across the country who cannot obtain medication that contains THC.”

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