There’s a new survey that shows CBD Users use less pain pills because of the positive effects of Cannabidiol , also known as CBD. The compound is another component found in the cannabis plant besides Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The most striking difference between CBD and THC is that CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning that it does not make users get ‘high’.
The survey was a joint effort by HelloMD, an online platform for doctors and cannabis patients, and Brightfield Group. The survey asked 2,400 of HelloMD’s 150,000 members about their use of products containing CBD.
There are some big takeaways from the survey such as: while most men preferred to use THC-dominant products, survey results showed that women made up 55 percent of CBD users.
Other interesting findings include:
- 80% of CBD users found the products “very or extremely effective.”
- Less than 3% found the product to be “ineffectual or only slightly effective”
- 55% of CBD users were women
- 42% Of New CBD Users Stop Taking Traditional Medicines
Participants in the survey said they used CBD mostly to treat ailments like insomnia, depression, anxiety, and joint pain.
Patients also reported using CBD for the following:
- as an anti-inflammatory
- for its anti-anxiety properties
- effectiveness for Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and PTSD
The survey holds an especially integral finding that can be used in the fight against the opioid epidemic plaguing America. According to The Georgia Straight, the survey also shows that nearly half (42 percent) of CBD users use less pain pills and not only did they stop using prescription drugs like Vicodin or Percocet after they began using CBD; they also avoided over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol and Advil.
As we reported previously, the cannabis found in marijuana plants treats pain by altering the way nerves function. However, the science behind what medical marijuana does for pain is lacking, and the FDA hasn’t approved the plant to be used medically. However, some physicians and users – like in this survey – will attest to its pain-relieving ability.