Google Searches Soar: Americans Interested in Cannabidiol
The number of Google searches for CBD, or cannabidiol, has skyrocketed.
CBD is growing in popularity and now there is evidence to back it up. A study by the JAMA Network Open shows some truly astounding numbers. Data indicates that CBD Google searches increased by 126% from 2016 to 2018, while from 2017 to 2018 the number of these searches rose by a staggering 160%.
What’s even more amazing, researchers found that in April 2019 alone there were 6.4 million searches for CBD. With this growing trend, estimates are that CBD Google searches will go up by 118% by the end of the year.
CBD overshadowed other health-related topics like veganism, marijuana, meditation, acupuncture, and exercise. Dieting, yoga, and e-cigarettes were the only topics more popular than CBD.
The increased interest in CBD may not be surprising, as an August survey revealed that one in seven Americans consume some kind of cannabis product. However, what is striking is that the searchers aren’t coming from places one would expect. In fact, in Alabama, the number of Google searches for CBD increased by over 600% last year.
CBD has been praised for its many medicinal properties with sellers declaring that it can cure anything from headaches and menstrual cramps to epilepsy and arthritis. However, health officials warn that there is not enough research to support these claims.
Authors of the study observed that Google searches show an overwhelming interest in CBD, but not necessarily in its use. They believe that regulators should take notice of this trend and address the issue by providing more information about the substance and its effects.