More People Are Googling CBD But Experts Aren’t Sure About The Substance’s Safety

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Cannabidiol has substantially grown in popularity. The hemp-derivative is believed to have several positive impacts on health from alleviating anxiety to improving your mood. Following the hemp-approving farm bill that was passed in 2018, the number of CBD products on shelves has grown. The substance is often marketed as a cure-all miraculous tincture, pill or another product.

There are different types of cannabidiol-infused products ranging from oils and gummies to coffee and bath bombs. CBD has also taken the skincare industry by storm. Since it has an anti-inflammatory and hydrating profile, they say it can help improve the texture of your skin. Some suggest it is useful for eczema treatment too.

Now a new research has found that the Google searches for cannabidiol have increased. The JAMA Network Open published this letter. As per this study, in April this year there were 6.4 million Google searches for CBD. This shows an increase of 160.4% in 2018 in comparison to 2017.

CBD Popularity Increasing

Google searches will grow further, as predicted in this JAMA report. By the end of this year (2019), Google searches for CBD will grow by 117.7% more than 2018. Google searches have grown by 211.2% in the state of Oklahoma from the year 2014 to 2018. In Alabama, Google searches for CBD have risen by 605% during this time period.

Author of the research, John W. Ayers said, “There’s a large demand in all 50 states.” In fact, compared to other wellness trends including veganism and exercise, interest in CBD is higher. Positive awareness about the herbal component has increased a lot too. A Quartz and Harris Poll research revealed that 86% of Americans have heard about CBD. Another research found that CBD gummies were the third-most searched food item on Google in 2018.

Is Cannabidiol Safe Though?

There is a lot of research that backs the efficacy of cannabidiol in helping with a number of ailments. From anxiety to pain relief, studies show that CBD can work as an effective treatment. In fact, many say that CBD is a great health-benefiting agent with minimal risk of negative side effects. This cannabis extract is the exact opposite of tetrahydrocannabinol which has psychoactive properties.

However, though CBD has many studies which show how advantageous it is to health, these are not enough. We still do not know much about what other adverse side effects it can pose. It may have a more negative impact on the health of the liver and gastrointestinal system. So far, the Food and Drug Administration has only approved the use of a CBD drug for the treatment of two severe and rare epilepsy forms. Yet popularity of CBD has grown so much.

Unfortunately, most CBD products’ labels are inaccurate. Moreover, it is not yet out how CBD products interact with any existing medications that a user is taking. Other than this, there is also a concern that the far-reaching health benefiting claims of CBD pose. Explaining this Ayers said, “CBD is eroding trust in our healthcare and evidence-based medicine.”

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