Survey Finds Users Trading In Traditional Medication For CBD

Posted on March 16, 2018

Brightfield Group and HelloMD pooled their resources last year to put together one of the largest, most comprehensive anecdotal surveys on cannabidiol (CBD oil) yet recorded, questioning 2,400 members of HelloMD’s online community. Among its most interesting findings, according to a report in Forbes, was the idea that women, not men, preferred to use CBD, and that of those women, many were likely to trade-in their traditional western medications in favor of the extract.

In total, the survey found that women made up  55 percent of CBD users, with men preferring traditionally THC-dominant cannabis.

According to Forbes, the survey found that most people who used CBD found it to be effective, with users taking the cannabinoid as a replacement for both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Common uses for CBD, as per the survey, included insomnia, depression, anxiety and joint pain.

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

Interestingly, the survey found that vapes work faster than edibles, though edibles were better at helping people stay asleep, especially those suffering from insomnia. Vape pens are the preferred way to use CBD among the bulk of respondents, a statistic that aligns with national trends, according to Ganjapreneur. The survey found that insomnia was one of the most common ailments for which people used CBD, second only to anxiety and stress.

The most promising bit of information found in the survey was just how many people are using CBD to replace their traditional medicines. According to Ganjapreneur 35 percent of CBD users were on prescription painkillers, while about 65 percent used over-the-counter pain relievers, like Tylenol on a regular basis. Of that number, 42 percent traded in either their over-the-counter or prescription medication for CBD.

“If people are able to cut down on opioids … and even anti-inflammatories … it’s a huge win for anyone that wants to try and get off traditional medication or finds that it doesn’t work,” Dr. Solomon noted, according to Ganjapreneur. “That being said I think people need to be very cognizant about what and where they are purchasing just in terms of the quality of the CBD.”