According to a recent Gallup poll, 1 in 7 American adults say they use cannabidiol (CBD) products. With its popularity apparent, we wanted to uncover if and how the phytocannabinoid is affecting your practice. To find out, we surveyed hundreds of healthcare practitioners (HCPs) across a variety of specialties including primary care, psychiatry, pain management, and neurology. Here are 6 things we learned.
1. Patients are asking
More than 90% of HCPs
received mentions or questions about CBD from their patients in the past month.
Most clinicians (70%) received between 1 and 10 enquires, 18.1% received 11 to
20, and 5.2% received more than 20.
2. Patients are using
CBD to treat medical conditions.
The vast majority (91.6%)
of clinicians said a patient has mentioned using CBD to treat a medical
condition in the past month. When asked how frequently this occurs, 73.4% of
respondents answered between 1 and 10 times a month, and nearly 20% answered at least 11 times.
3. Patients are primarily
concerned with whether or not CBD works.
of responding HCPs said that patients most often ask about efficacy of CBD,
followed by safety (19.3%) and legality (8.3%).
4. Clinicians feel
they’re lacking critical information on the subject.
More than 75% of respondents
answered “no” when asked if they feel equipped to answer their patients’
questions about CBD. An even greater percentage (86.2%) feel ill-equipped to
speak about side effects and drug interactions.
5. Lack of clinical
studies is a barrier.
An overwhelming majority
of respondents (95.8%) say there is not enough evidence-based research on CBD
available to them.
6. HCPs want to learn
more, particularly about efficacy.
Nearly all responding
clinicians expressed interest in receiving additional resources – such as
similarities and differences to marijuana – to provide their patients. Most
(66.6%) respondents are first and foremost interested in learning about
efficacy of CBD for specific disease states, followed by drug interactions
(18.8%), dosage (9.2%), delivery formulations (3.5%), and concentrations
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Clinicians want more information on CBD so they can better inform their patients. At The Clinical Advisor and across the Haymarket Medical Network, we strive to provide current and comprehensive coverage of this important topic. Enjoy a sampling below of recent articles on CBD and stay tuned for more content that matters to your practice.
Brenan M. 14% of Americans say they use CBD products. Gallup. August 7, 2019. Accessed September 6, 2019.