CBD As Medicine: Study Finds 50% of CBD Users No Longer Need Pharmaceuticals

CBD as medicine
CBD As Medicine: Study Finds 50% of CBD Users No Longer Need Pharmaceuticals

One of the largest studies on cannabidiol (CBD) has revealed that people are abandoning pharmaceuticals in favor of using CBD as a medicine. The powerful new form of medical marijuana, but without the high, CBD has grown in popularity over the years, particularly for pain relief and mental health.

The investigatecarried out by brightfield group Y Hi DM, covered more than 2,400 members of the HelloMD medical cannabis community. Their analysis focused on each member’s experience and perceptions of CBD products (both hemp-derived and marijuana-derived).

The results of the CBD study

Contrary to popular belief that men are predominantly marijuana users, this survey found that 55% of CBD users were womenwhile men preferred THC-dominant products.

Dr. Perry Solomon, HelloMD’s medical director, says the main reasons people use CBD are to treat insomnia, depression, anxiety, and joint pain. On 42% of CBD users said they had stopped using pharmaceuticals like pain relievers Tylenol or ibuprofen or prescription drugs like Vicodin and had switched to using cannabis instead.

“We are seeing an exponential increase in interest in CBD products from our patient community, particularly among women,” Solomon told Forbes. “While we still have a lot to learn about CBD, we cannot ignore this fact; most who use CBD products today receive a great benefit. This has the potential for far-reaching consequences.”

a surprising 80% said they found the products to be “very or extremely effective.” Only three percent said they did not notice any noticeable effects.

Bethany Gomez, director of the Brightfield Group, announced that “this study is exciting because it shows that there is potentially a huge untapped market for CBD products that could improve the lives of many people… With more 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.”

Among those surveyed, 90% of respondents said they would likely buy marijuana-derived CBD-only products or would buy again. What convinced them with this answer is the fact that CBD provides medical relief and relaxation without the possible psychoactive effects that can result from THC.

CBD as medicine

Using CBD as medicine will not only alleviate our need for pharmaceuticals, but will also improve other aspects of our health (without us even realizing it!). If someone uses CBD oil for joint pain and inflammation, they might also receive the added benefit of reducing anxiety.

Other medical conditions that CBD users reported using cannabis to alleviate (re: the previous study) included things like menstrual cramps, skin problems, diabetes, ADHD, and stomach problems (IBS, loss of appetite, etc.).

I have personally used CBD oil for pain and anxiety and the effects are almost immediate. While I prefer marijuana-derived CBD, hemp-derived CBD has its benefits as well.

Hundreds of studies on the benefits of CBD point to the very obvious fact that this plant compound has great healing power.

Multiple studies have shown the effects of CBD on killing certain cancer cell lines. For example, one study found that CBD successfully inhibited cell growth and induced apoptosis (cell death) in cervical cancer cells (1). Other studies have found that CBD increases tumor cell death in leukemia and colon cancer cell lines (2).

One of the most incredible benefits of CBD, which has made it a big deal in the news over the years, is its ability to reduce epileptic seizures. One study found that a 98% oil-based CBD extract (called Epidiolex) reduced seizures by 50% in more than 39% of 23 patients studied (over a 3-month period) (3). Other anecdotal reports from parents and their epileptic children state that the use of CBD oil to reduce seizure frequency is effective and promising.

Fibromyalgia is another condition where CBD has been found to be very successful in healing. A 2011 study that used CBD to treat people with fibromyalgia divided participants into two groups: the CBD oil group and the no treatment group. Those who used CBD had significant reductions in their symptoms and pain, but the non-CBD group had no improvement (4).

Is CBD legal?

As awareness of CBD grows, the demand for it grows as well. But what about legalization? Is it legal to carry CBD? In terms of the Canadian market, yes, but in the United States it’s a little different.

Since President Trump signed the law, the farm bill, hemp has been legalized for growth in the United States. Hemp, however, is different from marijuana (as it happens, both are part of the cannabis family). This means that while hemp-derived CBD is completely legal in the United States, marijuana-derived CBD is not (unless, that is, one of the states has passed legal laws surrounding marijuana).

According to a map of Quartzrecreational use of marijuana (and therefore marijuana-derived CBD products) is permitted in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts.

CBD and low-THC (also known as hemp-derived CBD) use is permitted in Wyoming, Iowa, Wisconsin, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, and Indiana.

For the list of states that allow medicinal use, see the map below.

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Where to get CBD products

CBD products can be found online almost anywhere today. Whether you want hemp-derived CBD or marijuana-derived CBD depends on how strong you want it. Generally speaking, marijuana-derived CBD is stronger than hemp-derived.

pure botanicals is a company whose products I have been using for the past two months. Although they are derived from hemp, I still find them very gentle and effective. They sell different hemp extract infused butters and oils that are 100% natural and created without the use of harsh chemicals. They also sell CBD capsules and CBD Menstrual Relief, which is perfect for anyone experiencing severe cramps during their periods.

The only other CBD oil I’ve used and would recommend is Nelson Potorium, but I think it can only be purchased locally now (not online) due to new laws and regulations put in place after legalization in Canada.

If you have personally used any CBD products with success, please let me and others know in the comments below!

CBD as medicine
CBD As Medicine: Study Finds 50% of CBD Users No Longer Need Pharmaceuticals

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