CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from the hemp plant, is changing the way people view holistic health — especially women.
With the ability to alleviate dozens of conditions including anxiety, inflammation, nausea, migraines, sleep disorders and more, CBD can improve the overall health of women and help alleviate some of the issues that are unique to a woman’s body such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), hormonal imbalance, and cramps.
To find out more about how women are using CBD to its full potential, natural health product review site Remedy Review conducted a study where they surveyed nearly 1,000 women to see whether they think CBD is an effective way to help them feel their best. The survey covers women from a wide range of ages, income levels, and education levels who are all using CBD for lots of different reasons. The results are a revealing look into how real women are using CBD in their everyday lives.
Cannabidiol (also known as CBD) is the non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant, and unlike marijuana, it doesn’t contain any THC, so it won’t get you high in any way, shape or form, according to Medical News Today. CBD is typically used by a wide variety of people as both consumers and suppliers (aka those who turn to CBD products as a natural remedy for a variety of health conditions), according to Medical News Today, including natural pain and inflammation relief, help quitting smoking, epilepsy treatment, treatment for neurological disorders, treatment for anxiety disorders, and much more. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration has only approved CBD for the treatment of epilepsy, and while state-by-state regulations mean it’s typically OK to buy and sell, the Drug Enforcement administration (DEA) still considers the substance to be illegal federally.
According to the survey, millennials ages 20 to 39 are the highest CBD users at 71%, while only about 11% of Baby Boomers reported using CBD. But they aren’t actually using CBD that often; 44% of survey respondents reported using CBD only seven days a month, while 24% reported using CBD 20 days a month. And there’s a generational different in how women are using are using CBD. The top reasons millennials are using CBD include anxiety relief, relaxation, and pain relief, the survey says, but the top reasons Generation X are using CBD is pain relief first, then followed by anxiety relief and relaxation. The top reason Baby Boomers use CBD is pain relief, too, but they also use it to improve their sleep and to help with their anxiety, according to the survey.
As a whole, the market is already quite inundated with various different types of CBD products right now, although an incredible 52% of Baby Boomers and more than 39% of Generation X prefer to get their CBD through tinctures, which are a concentrated liquid herb that you drop under your tongue, according to the survey, while 42% of millennials prefer CBD edibles. And when it comes to period relief, the survey says CBD edibles are the top preference at 55%, followed by vapes at 50% and topicals like lotions and lip balm at 45%.
So just how effective do women typically find CBD in treating their various health concerns? According to the research, it’s around 55% of respondents who said that CBD was effective in treating their anxiety. Additionally, about 50% said CBD was an effective way to manage pain, according to the survey. Around 50% of the respondents also said CBD helped them feel more relaxed, the survey said. When it came to their periods, 78% of women found CBD was an effective way to manage their symptoms, the survey said, with transdermal patches and concentrates like wax or dabs being the most effective application methods.