Gallup Poll on CBD Use

AUGUST 7, 2019

14% of Americans Say They Use CBD Products


  • 14% of Americans say they use CBD products
  • 40% of users utilize CBD products for pain, 20% for anxiety, 11% for sleep

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One in seven Americans say they personally use cannabidiol- (CBD-) based products, which have proliferated since last year’s passage of a federal law legalizing this hemp form of cannabis. Younger Americans and those in the Western U.S. are most likely to report using these products, which are widely touted for their therapeutic benefits without any psychoactive effects because they contain a low level of THC.

Although CBD was legalized federally last December, the FDA is still researching it, and some states are still restricting it. While 14% of U.S. adults are using CBD products, Gallup’s June 19-July 12 polling found that 50% do not use them and 35% are not at all familiar with them. (Those who do not have any familiarity with CBD products were not asked about their personal usage of them.)

Twenty percent of adults younger than 30 say they use CBD, but usage and familiarity decrease progressively in older age groups. Just 8% of those aged 65 and older say they use CBD, and 49% are not familiar with it. This same pattern is evident in Gallup data on marijuana usage, with younger adults reporting a higher prevalence of marijuana use than is true for older adults.

Regionally, 21% of those in the Western U.S. use CBD products, compared with 13% in the South, and 11% in both the East and Midwest. Marijuana use is legal in many Western states, and CBD products have therefore been available for a longer time to residents of those states.

Why CBD Users Utilize It

While the FDA is still researching the uses and effectiveness of CBD products, marketers claim they have a wide variety of medical and therapeutic benefits. CBD users in the U.S. cite relief from pain (40%), anxiety (20%), insomnia (11%) and arthritis (8%) as the top reasons for use.

Why Americans Use CBD Products

Among men and women who use CBD products, roughly four in 10 of each say they use them for pain relief; but women are more likely than men to use them for anxiety (25% vs. 14%, respectively), and men are more likely than women to use them for help in sleeping (15% vs. 8%).

For what condition or purpose do you use CBD products? %
Pain (nonspecific) 40
Anxiety 20
Sleep/Insomnia 11
Arthritis 8
Migraines/Headaches 5
Stress 5
Muscle spasms/Soreness 4
General health (nonspecific) 4
Mental health/PTSD/ADHD/Neurological disorders 4
Recreational 4
Depression 2
Skin care 2
For pet 1
Gastrointestinal/Digestive issues 1
Inflammation 1
Other 7
No opinion 1
Based on U.S. adults who say they use CBD products. Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.
GALLUP, JUNE 19-JULY 12, 2019

Bottom Line

Since the 2018 Farm Act legalizing the cultivation of hemp was signed into law last December, many CBD-based products have hit the market, but the large majority of Americans are not yet familiar with them or don’t use them. Those who say they use them do so primarily to treat pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness.

Older Americans are less familiar with CBD products and less likely to be using them now. As the FDA begins to regulate CBD products and if they become more mainstream, older Americans may stand to benefit the most from them for the treatment of the aches and pains that come with age.


An Overview of the Minor Cannabinoid CBCv

Cannabichromevarin (CBCv) was first discovered in 1975 by researchers from the University of Nagasaki who isolated the cannabinoid from the cannabis plant. However, after CBCv’s discovery, there was not much research done about it, but because of its similar molecular structure to CBC, it can be assumed that is shares some similar benefits.

CBCv is one of several minor cannabinoids found in cannabis sativa and is present in both marijuana and hemp strains of the plant. But if CBCv holds similar benefits to CBC, there could be an array of conditions and diseases that could be improved with CBCv. CBC is known for being an antidepressant and could potentially bring relief to individuals struggling with this disorder.

Being an anti-inflammatory, it may potentially help individuals who have chronic inflammation and pain. CBC has also been found to be antifungal and antibiotic, which could end up being an all-natural alternative medicine for fungal issues like athlete’s foot and ringworm. And because it has antibiotic properties, it may help fight against certain resistant bacteria within the human body.

One thing we do know about the compound is that it has the potential to be a powerful anticonvulsant. This alone makes it worthy of further investigation.

When it comes to CBCv, there is still plenty of research to be done about this cannabinoid. Researchers from the Regents of the University of California have found it important enough to patent an anticonvulsant drug for infants in which CBCv is mentioned as a potential ingredient. Going forward, scientists will no doubt be looking deeper into the properties of this mysterious cannabinoid. From what it looks like, CBCv has all the possibilities of being a life-changing cannabinoid.

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An Overview of a Minor Cannabinoid CBDVa

Cannabidivarinic acid (CBDVa) is another minor cannabinoid found in cannabis sativa. It is the acidic version of cannabidivarin (CBDv). CBDVa is non-psychoactive, which means that it does not induce a “high” when it is taken. This should be reassuring for those who may want to try this cannabinoid but are worried about mind-altering effects.

CBDVa is usually found in trace amounts within more common cannabis plants in North America. However, CBDVa is found at high levels within cannabis plants found in Nepal and India.

CBDVa is produced within raw cannabis. The best way to ingest the benefits of cannabidivarinic acid is by juicing. Juicing is an excellent way to receive any unique cannabinoids benefits. Recently, there has been a lot of research on CBDV (CBDVa’s non-acidic version) and the results are promising.  With such similarities between CBDv and CBDva, it is quite likely that they hold similar benefits.

One of these benefits is its anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, nearly all the cannabinoids found in the plant exhibit this property. Many physicians believe that inflammation is responsible for a host of conditions within Western society. With that being the case, CBDVa could be a potent remedy for several issues.

Cannabidivarinic acid also has the potential to prevent vomiting and nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy. That benefit would bring much-needed relief to individuals struggling with cancer.  Chemotherapy may become less difficult for the patient if CBDVa were administered. Adding it to one’s diet in raw cannabis smoothies may be beneficial.

Additionally. CBDv is known for being an anticonvulsant and antiepileptic aid. The same can be assumed about CBDVa. Potentially, cannabidivarinic acid could help reduce convulsions during seizures, although more research is needed. The compound also could reduce the number of seizures an individual will experience.

The fact that CBDVa may be able to help with everything from inflammation to seizures is astonishing. As researchers delve deeper into the minor cannabinoids, the more we become aware of the possible life-changing benefits of these all-natural compounds.

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