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Cannabidiol Curiosity Grows Across the US

Janet Miller

Janet Miller

Last updated: October 24, 2019

Across the United States, analyzed Google searches have established that a majority of Americans in search of additional information regarding this non-psychoactive material has increased tremendously since 2018.

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  • Millions of Americans now googling CBD more than any other health-related products
  • Google searches for CBD increased to more than 100% in 2018 alone
  • Some scientific evidence suggests that CBD can alleviate pain and other health complications such as stress and anxiety
  • Health experts in the U.S. worried that CBD might contain some poisonous substances due to a lack of a regulatory framework

Public curiosity, especially in terms of CBD, is booming, and America appears to be leading the pack. Based on data analyzed by scientists regarding Google searches for CBD, it was reported that in the United States alone, there were slightly over 6.4 million searches of cannabidiol in April 2019.

According to a newly published study by the Jama Network Open, Google searches emanating from United States citizens were somewhat stable from around 2004 all the way to 2014 before springing to almost 126% as of the year 2017, and a further 160% as of last year in 2018.

Cannabidiol Curiosity

Barely five years ago, no one was interested in googling the term CBD across the United States. But looking at the current trends, Americans are now more curious in CBD like never before. But why, you may ask. CBD is gaining momentum, especially across the wellness and health spectrum, with a couple of scientific studies establishing that CBD may ease symptoms of complications such as anxiety, acne, and chronic pain.

There’s some scientific evidence suggesting that CBD can alleviate symptoms related to cancer, reduce instances of depression and anxiety, relieve pain, and also reduce acne. Additionally, CBD might contain some neuroprotective properties that would be of great benefit for persons living with some neurological disorders. Others have stated that CBD helps them to relax.

Without a doubt, the above are some of the reasons as to why Americans are more curious in searching for more information about CBD like never before. As of April 2019, Google searches for CBD across the American scene had surpassed those of health-related terms searched on Google. For instance, Americans were searching more information on CBD as opposed to other well-being terms such as apple cider, acupuncture, exercise, veganism, and vaccination.

Google CBD searches in America seem to be on a par with vaping products, and are searched by the American audience more than they would search for topics such as dieting, child obesity, and effects of second-hand smoking, among others. In July this year, some U.S. statutes legalized recreational use of cannabis, a move that saw Google searches for alcohol falling to 11%.

Increasing interest sees greater responsibility

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With interest in CBD showing no signs of pack-peddling or hitting the reverse gear anytime soon in America, researchers are now advocating for increased investigations regarding CBD, and its effects on the health of the broader public. The FDA in 2018, flag shipped the first CBD drug that treated rare forms of epilepsy.

With millions and millions of Americans continuing to search everything related to CBD, there have to be some counter measures in place aimed at ensuring that such products are regulated, labeled, unadulterated, and marketed in the right manner.

In between the years, 2017, December and January 2018, CDC reported at least 52 people in the state of Utah were poisoned after consuming synthetic products being marketed as cannabidiol. For this reason and many more, there is a need to ensure that some form of a regulatory framework is in place to look after the health interest of millions of Americans.

Looking around, one is most likely to bump into a couple of documented evidence reports indicating that cannabidiol products do contain some poisonous substances, primarily due to instances of weak regulatory measures.

Should healthcare professionals be worried?

For healthcare providers recently, it appears as if every customer, patient, and any other curious person has got some questions regarding one thing; cannabidiol oil. Again, CBD is increasing, not only in popularity but also in availability.
With plenty of states across the U.S. legalizing both recreational and medical use of CBD, its availability seems to be drawing a lot of interest, especially from recreational users and patients in search of new avenues to help them in relieving pain brought about by several complications.
But where does this leave the medical professionals? With a lot of people continuing to search for CBD coupled with its ease of availability, healthcare providers across the US need to be alert. They need to ensure that they stay current on matters regarding the clinical, legal, and practical details surrounding the purchase and use of CBD so that they counsel and treat their clients in the right manner.

The Bottom Line

Among some of the most searched terms on Google in 2019 alone, CBD appears to be generating a significant online interest compared to a few years back. Now more than ever, Americans are looking for information relating to anything and everything about CBD. Much of this is based on the fact that CBD can help in alleviating pain and treat several medical complications. But against all these, there are claims that CBD, due to a lack of regulation, may contain some harmful substances. With this, the medical professionals are called upon to be at the forefront of everything relating to CBD, from its purchase, legal status, and use.


Janet Miller

Janet Miller

Janet is a medical specialist with 10 years of experience as a physician and writing passion. She aims to help people and expand humans mindset. Chat with Janet on Twitter @Janet_Miller_MD or via our contact page.


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