A new survey found that older adults have made the most impressive changes towards marijuana, gravitating towards CBD as a natural way of treating different ailments.
While CBD may not have the same effect as THC, it’s certainly having a huge impact on the way people think about cannabis.
The study, which surveyed 2,000 Americans, was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of CBD brand HempFusion. A whopping 82% of participants said that their opinions on marijuana had evolved in recent years, while 46% said that CBD products, such as CBD oil, were primarily responsible for changing their perspectives on the drug.
The takeaway? America’s changing attitudes prove that many people are outgrowing the anti-drug propaganda that they learned in their youth and embracing medical and recreational marijuana.
As a refresher, both CBD and THC are both derived from cannabis plants. But while THC is psychoactive (mind-altering), CBD is not, which is why many companies prefer to use it as their active ingredient in everything from beauty products to beverages.
“Once people realize two things, they’re much more open to trying CBD,” says Ashley Grace, chief marketing officer at HempFusion. “One – your own body makes cannabinoids as part of what’s called your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Two – the US Department of Health patented the plant-based cannabinoids found in hemp as ‘antioxidants and neuroprotectants.’ Given this, clearly there might be some value in plant-based cannabinoids as a dietary supplement. And since they don’t get you high – why not give them a try?”
The survey, by way of New York Post, represents the opinions of a broad spectrum of different age groups, reflecting how varied CBD’s target audience is. Younger Americans, who’ve grown up with looser perspectives regarding marijuana laws (and the marijuana plant, in general), are mostly supportive of legal cannabis and are willing to try out new products. Older adults are the ones who have made the most impressive changes, gravitating towards the benefits of CBD as a natural way of treating different ailments.