Cannabis-derived compounds like cannabidiol, better known as CBD, are often marketed as over-the-counter cure-alls, said to fix pretty much anything that ails you, from acne and chronic pain, to depression and sleep disorders.
Despite the lack of evidence to support any of these claims, new research suggests more and more people are buying into the supplement, even when other substantiated treatments exist.
With few available surveys on CBD use among the American public, researchers turned to the internet for answers.
Analysing hundreds of randomly selected testimonials from Reddit’s r/CBD forum between January 2014 and August 2019, the team found many users already perceive CBD as an effective medical treatment for numerous health conditions, despite the scientific backing not always being there.
Of the 376 posts assessed, 90 percent claimed CBD could treat a diagnosable health condition. Psychiatric issues like autism and depression were the most frequently cited in the channel.
Others reported using CBD oral capsules and tinctures for joint pain, sleep disorders, and neurological conditions, as well as gut issues, addiction, oral health, and even cardiovascular conditions, like heart palpitations.
“The public appears to believe CBD is medicine,” says one of the researchers, Davey Smith, Chief of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at the University of California San Diego.
“Who would have predicted that