Findings in a new survey indicate that more registered medical marijuana patients in California are choosing to use cannabidiol (CBD)-dominant products.
Californians with medical marijuana prescriptions are opting more for cannabidiol (CBD) dominant products, according to a new report from a Bay Area-based medical marijuana delivery company.
Eaze recently published its second annual report, “State of Cannabis,” which found that the number of CBD products sold to its medical marijuana patients increased by 38 percent in 2016 compared to the year prior.
CBD is among the most prominent of the more than 85 cannabinoids found in cannabis. Unlike the well-known psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive and therefore doesn’t cause users to experience a high.
For its report, Eaze utilized data from its more than 250,000 medical marijuana customers. In addition, at least 5,000 of those customers responded to surveys.
Thousands of studies have been done on CBD, and the compound has also been shown in a patent by the US National Institutes of Health to have significant antioxidant and neuroprotective properties.
CBD that’s derived from marijuana remains regulated under federal law and can only be legally obtained in states that have passed medical marijuana laws. Qualified medical marijuana patients must first obtain a prescription and register with their respective state’s program.
CBD that’s derived from the stalks and seeds of hemp, however, is excluded from the federal Controlled Substances Act. CBD hemp oil is therefore legal to purchase and use in all 50 U.S. states, without a prescription and regardless of state laws.
The findings in the Eaze report also suggest that medical marijuana users are opting to consume cannabis to relax in the evenings rather than drink alcohol. Of the medical marijuana customers surveyed, over 82 percent of people said that marijuana caused them to reduce their alcohol intake, with 11 percent of respondents claiming they have quit drinking alcohol entirely because of their marijuana use.
“When we asked people, ‘What do you use for anxiety and stress relief?’ we see they are starting to recognize they get a lot of benefit from cannabis in the evenings,” Jamie Feaster, vice president of marketing for Eaze, told Bay Area News Group.
The report also found that baby boomers represent the fastest growing segment as a percentage of medical marijuana deliveries. The number of boomers that ordered medical marijuana grew 25 percent over the previous year.
Interest in vaporizing cannabis concentrates is also seemingly building among California medical marijuana users, according to the report. Eaze found that 31 percent of its medical marijuana customers had ordered a vaporizer cartridge by the end of 2016, up from just 7 percent the year prior. The growth in vaporizer sales marks a 429 percent year-over-year increase. The report also found 20 percent of medical marijuana deliveries in 2016 contained a vaporizer cartridge, compared to less than 5 percent of 2015 deliveries.
You can access the entire Eaze report here.
We’ve detailed what studies have so far discovered about CBD and its therapeutic properties and you can access that information here.