Surveys show CBD and pain results
It is difficult for CBD companies to advertise themselves as an effective pain reliever. That’s because the FDA has not issued formal guidance for CBD. This regulatory vacuum makes it difficult for brands like Cornbread Hemp to tell potential customers how CBD might help them.
The good news is, you don’t need us to take it from us. It’s easy to find out for yourself what CBD is good for, based on anecdotal surveys by trusted sources like Gallup Polls and Consumer Reports.
Does CBD work for pain relief? Thousands of CBD users told these trusted organization what CBD does for them. Gallup, Consumer Reports, and Project CBD all report that one of the top reasons to use CBD is for pain relief.
Consumer Reports on CBD
In April 2019, Consumer Reports published the results of its survey of more than 1,000 CBD users. CR concluded that 26% of Americans have used CBD in the past two years. Of those, 72% were between the ages of 18 and 44.
Three of the top four reasons cited for using CBD were anxiety (37%), joint pain (24%), and better sleep (10%). Twenty-two percent said that they stopped taking another medication entirely after starting CBD. Of those, 47% said they stopped taking an over-the-counter drug; 36% said a prescription opioid; 33% said a prescription anti-anxiety drug.
Does CBD really work? For the 47% of CBD users who got off OTC pain relievers and the 36% who got off opioids, the answer would appear to be yes.
Gallup Polls: CBD and pain relief
As far as news gathering polls, there’s not a name more respected than Gallup. So it turned a lot of heads when Gallup published its poll of 2,543 American adults, 14% of which said they use CBD. That number is highest in the western United States (21%), and lowest in the East and Midwest (11%). That suggests there’s still room for growth in eastern US markets as national usage evens out.
The top three reasons that people use CBD, according to Gallup, are: pain relief (40%), anxiety (20%), and sleep (11%). That’s not too far away from the Consumer Reports survey, indicating that CBD for pain appears to be effective in these anecdotal surveys.
Project CBD: CBD pain treatments
Project CBD is a California-based nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of CBD. As part of its mission, Project CBD posted a survey with more than 200 questions about CBD usage, and it was completed by more than 3,500 people from all over the world.
Respondents listed more than 200 conditions they were treating with CBD, but the most common were pain, anxiety and depression, sleep, and hormonal conditions.
“The vast majority of participants reported using CBD to alleviate pain (particularly inflammatory pain), to improve mood and sleep, and/or for general wellness,” the Product CBD report concluded.
As for CBD for pain, the Project CBD survey authors said: “Most participants taking CBD for pain indicated that they got meaningful relief… with 60% reporting that CBD made [frequency and duration of pain] ‘much better,’” with a 60% drop in pain intensity.
The most common side effects of CBD listed were dry mouth, bloodshot eyes, and increased appetite. That sounds more like the side effects of THC-rich cannabis, but goes to show how similar these products really are.
Arthritis Foundation: CBD for arthritis pain
In response, the Arthritis Foundation issued guidance for CBD use, saying 1) CBD is not a substitute for disease-modifying treatment; 2) talk to your doctor before starting CBD; and 3) make sure you use a trustworthy CBD product.
The Arthritis Foundation even suggests using full spectrum CBD, which includes a very low dose of THC, instead of isolated CBD. They recommend low-dose THC products with this warning: “Try THC-containing products at home or at night first, so you can sleep off any unwanted effects.”
How to shop for CBD
The Arthritis Foundation recommends taking these steps before trusting a CBD brand:
- “Look for products manufactured in the US with ingredients grown domestically” — Cornbread Hemp products are grown and manufactured in Kentucky.
- “Buy from companies that test each batch and provide a certificate of analysis from an independent lab…” — Cornbread Hemp lab tests all our products at Digipath Labs in Las Vegas for pesticides, heavy metals, solvents, bacteria, mold, and fungus.
Cornbread Hemp meets and exceeds all the quality and safety concerns put forward by these reputable organizations. So, if you’re interested in learning more about how to find CBD from a trusted source, click here.
Surveys like the ones shown below are not the same as double-blind clinical trials that the FDA requires for medicines. That’s because surveys are based on anecdotal data that is self-reported.
So please take this with a grain of salt. This blog post has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and Cornbread Hemp products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. That said, here’s a quick breakdown of surveys that suggest that CBD is an effective pain reliever.