Half Of People Using Cannabidiol Products Stopped Taking Prescriptions And Traditional Medications
A survey conducted by the Brightfield Group, in coordination with HelloMD, reveals that patients believe Cannabidiol products are very effective in providing relief to various ailments and more than half of the respondents preferred marijuana-derived over hemp-derived CBD.
The survey, which involved 2,400 patients using CBD out of the 150,000 HelloMD members, looked into the behavior of CBD users and preferences, as well as their opinion on using Cannabidiol products for medical purposes.
Replacing OTC And Prescription Drugs With Cannabidiol
According to the survey, 42 percent of CBD users on HelloMD have decided to discontinue taking over the counter and other pharmaceutical drugs and 90 percent even said that they will only purchase CBD medications going forward.
Surprisingly, women made up for 58 percent of the respondents but the study noted that women preferred CBD-dominant medications over THC-dominant products.
"We are seeing an exponential rise in the interest of CBD products from our patient community-particularly among women. 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," HelloMD Chief Medical Officer Dr. Perry Solomon said.
The survey also showed that 80 percent of the respondents use medical marijuana at least once a week while 41 percent turned to CBD products daily.
Most of the respondents used CBD to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, joint pains and inflammation, and migraines but they only use micro-doses or less than 10 mg of their preferred product.
He Says, She Says: CBD Vs. THC
Unsurprisingly, there was still a difference in the choice of cannabidiol products between men and women.
As revealed by the study, women preferred taking CBD-dominant products to treat their condition while men favored THC-dominant ones. For those who are not clear about the difference, CBD-dominant products mostly retain cannabis' medicinal properties without the psychoactive effects while THC-dominant products retain the "high" that's usually involved with marijuana use.
Marijuana-Derived CBD Vs. Hemp-Derived CBD
Respondents were also asked about their preferred source of CBD products and the survey reveals that despite preference for the marijuana-derived CBD products, there really wasn't much difference in effectiveness compared to hemp-derived CBD — at least that's what the survey shows.
"40 percent of hemp-derived CBD users with a medical condition find their cannabis products to be extremely effective at relieving their symptoms—compared to 37 percent of marijuana-derived CBD-only users and 41 percent of whole plant CBD users," the Brightfield Group states.
Perhaps the results will lessen skepticism over the effectiveness of hemp-derived CBD.