A new survey has revealed Brits are still confused about CBD and its effects.
Nearly a quarter of respondents (22%) think CBD is addictive and more than one in 10 believe it can get you ‘high’, according to research by Vape UK CBD, a UK supplier of CBD products.
A total of 22% of survey respondents believe CBD is illegal and addictive, while 7% believe it can give you ‘the munchies’ – suggesting many still confuse CBD with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
The survey of more than 2,000 UK adults also found nearly 7 in 10 survey respondents (68%) recognised that CBD has health benefits, with more than half (59%) saying they assumed it could help with a medical condition. 64% don’t believe it can be sold in shops.
But almost half of the respondents (48%) reported feeling confused and divided on whether you could refer to CBD as ‘medicine’.
Nicola Webster from Vape UK said: “It’s a real shame that research into the true potential of cannabis and, in particular, cannabinoids like CBD has been stunted by sociopolitical factors.
“Our prejudices and fears towards cannabis have been ingrained over many years.
“I believe this has led to the kind of misinformation and confusion we see in the results of our study.
“It is positive to see that a significant percentage of UK adults recognise that CBD has health benefits. However, it’s also obvious that many people are still conflating CBD with THC.
“As the industry grows, it’s vital that the correct advice is provided, and more empirical studies are conducted, so that people can make sensible, well informed decisions about how CBD could help with their particular health concern.”