Google Searches for CBD in America is More Than Acupuncture, Meditation And Exercise, Study Finds

Study finds Google searches for CBD in America has risen exponentially. People are increasingly more interested in CBD—or cannabidiol—than other health trends such as acupuncture, apple cider vinegar, exercise and veganism, according to a new review.

In fact, the non-intoxicating cannabis compound has risen in popularity so much that people Google it nearly as much as they do for yoga and e-cigarettes.

In a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Wednesday, researchers said that an analysis of Google search data from January 2004 to April 2019 showed stagnant results for “CBD” and “cannabidiol”—up until 2014, when google searches for CBD in America spiked and continued to grow year over year.

Google searches for CBD in America increased 126 percent in 2017 compared the previous year, were 160 percent higher in 2018 versus 2017 and they’re expected to rise again by 117 percent this year over 2018’s figures “based on observed and forecasted volumes.”

Americans searched for the compound, which was federally legalized in December so long as it’s derived from hemp, about 6.4 million times in April 2019 alone. People in Vermont, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Colorado, New Hampshire and Oregon have the most google searches for CBD this year.

“Google searches for CBD during April 2019 eclipsed those for acupuncture by a factor of 7.49, apple cider vinegar by 5.17, meditation by 3.38, vaccination by 1.63, exercise by 1.59, marijuana by 1.13, and veganism by 1.12,” the paper states. “Google searches for CBD in America are now rivaling searches for yoga and electronic cigarettes, with 0.96 and 0.85 of their respective search volumes, and are searched for more than half as much as dieting (0.51).”

The spike in interest in CBD seems to coincide with an increase in usage of the compound, as Gallup released a survey in August that showed one-in-seven Americans consume cannabidiol products.

Original article by Marijuana Moment

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