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More Americans use products infused with cannabidiol (CBD) than use marijuana or other illegal drugs, according to a Gallup poll.
The comparison, although imprecise, indicates how swiftly CBD, one of marijuana's active ingredients, has risen in prominence despite a lack of scientific understanding or careful regulation of the substance.
CBD - Products - Search - Amazon - Example
CBD products are suddenly everywhere — a search of Amazon, for example, reveals more than 9,000 options. Americans can now buy CBD sodas, soaps, cocktails, and even dog treats. "Holistic" or "all natural" vendors of CBD products routinely tout their supposed medical benefits, often with no scientific backing and outsized promises, such as curing cancer.
The Gallup poll released Wednesday found that 14 percent of U.S. adults, roughly one in seven, "personally use CBD products." Half of respondents said they do not use CBD, while another 35 percent said they were "not familiar" with CBD products.
Percent - Practice - Measures - CBD - Adult
Although 14 percent may not seem like much, in practice this means that by some measures, CBD is more widely consumed by the adult population than any illegal drug, including marijuana.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a federal survey administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, generally considers a person a user if he or she reports having used a substance in the past month. Comparing rates of past-month use in the 2017 NSDUH (the most recent available year) to the rate of CBD use identified by Gallup indicates that CBD is more popular than all the major illicit drugs combined, outpaced only by past-month use of cigarettes and alcohol.
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That popularity is driven in large part by young people. Twenty percent of respondents under 30 reported using CBD products, compared to 16 percent of those between 30 and 49, 11 percent of those between 50 and 64, and 8 percent of those over 65....
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