One in four Americans will use CBD products in 2022, which has increased since the 2018 passage of a federal law legalizing this hemp form of cannabis. Still, 47% of Americans think the FDA regulates the industry, while almost 60% aren’t sure if using CBD means they will fail a drug test.
- What percentage of Americans use CBD products?
- What CBD products sell the most?
- What age group uses CBD the most?
- How much money is spent on CBD?
- Has CBD ingestion caused any casualties?
- How many FDA-approved CBD products are there?
- How many CBD companies are there, and what percentage are women-owned or managed?
- In what states is CBD legal?
- In what countries is CBD legal?
We reveal some of the most exciting statistics about CBD in this post. So read on and discover fascinating facts about this natural compound!
What percentage of Americans use CBD products?
One in four U.S. adults will use CBD products in 2022, up from 18% in 2021. However, 35% still say they’d never heard of CBD before, while 50% say they know about it but do not use it.
Of those who use, 1 in 3 are younger than 40, but usage and familiarity decrease significantly in older age groups.
There are more CBD users in the Western Regions of the United States than others, about 21%. Perhaps this is due to cannabis being legal in many western states, and CBD products have been available for a longer time to those residents. The South trails behind at 13%, while the East and Midwest take 10% each.
2. What CBD products sell the most?
CBD products come in many different shapes and sizes, including tea, vape, and soaps. Overall, lotions and balms were the segments of CBD products that sparked the most interest among consumers in the U.S., followed by gummies, tinctures, and supplements.
3. What are the usage rates in different age groups?
These days, the usage of marijuana comes with fewer stigmas. Interestingly, the same holds for CBD users. The average consumer is around 40 or younger, has a higher education degree, more likely to have a full-time job than people who don’t consume CBD.
Interestingly, 24% of pet owners use CBD products for themselves, their pets, or both.
4. How much money is spent on CBD?
Sales of CBD products in the United States stood at 4.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, CBD sales have increased by almost 160%. In the meantime, cannabis sales went up by 100% in Washington and 46% in Colorado compared to 2019.
1 in 4 CBD consumers spends less than $20 a month on products, while 44% spend between $20 and $80. Almost half of those prefer CBD oils, which are more bioavailable.
5. Has CBD usage caused any casualties?
CBD oil consumption has not been directly linked to any deaths. However, one of the more popular consumption methods is vaping, related to lung injuries and death.
6. How many FDA-approved CBD products are there?
While many people take CBD oil for therapeutic benefits, the only FDA-approved CBD drug is Epidiolex to treat two rare seizure disorders. In clinical trials, it reduced the number of convulsive seizures by 38% to 44%.
About 47% of Americans think the government (namely the FDA) regulates the CBD industry, and this is only partially true. Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, legalizing the cultivation, processing, and retailing of hemp products, the federal government has not stepped in with regulatory efforts. It does; however, grant states the right to regulate hemp cultivation and processing. Scroll below to see legality and regulatory efforts made by different states.
7. How many CBD companies are there, and what percentage are women-owned or managed?
The hemp industry is unique in many ways. There are over 3,500 brands of CBD as of 2021; over 75% are owned or managed by women, much higher than the norm.
8. How many states is CBD legal?
The U.S. is unique because all 50 states have different laws for CBD products. Even though gummies are among the most popular CBD products, it is not federally legal. In fact, any product where CBD is added to food or drink is federally illegal. However, a handful of states do have laws that permit CBD that is added to food and beverages. Labeling requirements for CBD products also vary by state, and not all products can be legally retailed in all 50 states.
Any product with more than 0.3% delta-9-THC is federally illegal in the U.S., but each state has different requirements for what they consider to be the amount of THC in a product. Some states require less than 0.3% delta-9-THC, while others require THC to be more accurately reported as delta-9-THC + THCA, multiplied by the amount of THCA that can be activated and converted to delta-9-THC when combusted. This more accurate THC calculation is not always the calculation used on labeling.
A recently discovered cannabinoid is delta-8-THC. Since it is derived from hemp and has less than 0.3% delta-9-THC, it is technically legal. However, 18 states have banned the cannabinoid due to its psychoactive effects.
When it comes to cannabinoids from hemp plants, such as CBD and delta-8, it is very important to read the state law and understand that a product not produced in your state might not be legal to buy or sell, use or possess. Louisiana, Indiana, North Carolina, and Kentucky prohibit any smokable CBD or hemp product, including flower, concentrates, and vapes. There are also states like Idaho where hemp and CBD are illegal and heavily penalized. It is a good idea only to purchase CBD from the producers in your state to ensure they follow your state law.
State laws by each state will be updated at a later date.
9. In what countries is CBD legal?
CBD is legal in many countries around the world. Below is an updated 2022 list of what those countries are.
Austria: Yes, with a prescription.
Belgium: Yes, with a prescription.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: No
Bulgaria: Yes, as long as it is extracted from hemp with THC is less than 0.2%
Croatia: Yes, as long as it is extracted from hemp with THC is less than 0.2%
Cyprus: Yes, as long as it is extracted from hemp with THC is less than 0.2%
Czechia / Czech Republic: Yes. Recreational cannabis is decriminalized. Possession of up to 10g and the cultivation of up to 5 plants both are subject to a small fine. The law states that any cannabis product that contains less than 0.3% of THC is legal, so CBD oil can be sold and consumed openly in the Czech Republic.
Denmark: Maybe. The answer is complicated. CBD oil containing less than 0.2% THC is legal but must adhere to strict regulations set regarding medicines, food products, and food supplements.
Finland: Yes, with a prescription.
France: Yes, but only CBD with 0% THC is legal for sale and consumption in France.
Germany: Yes, with a prescription. Some CBD items are not classified as medicines, such as hemp tea and full-spectrum extract, as long as the THC is less than 0.2% and can be purchased. CBD bud/flower is illegal.
Greece: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and has less than 0.2% THC.
Hungary: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and has less than 0.2% THC.
Ireland: Yes. However, there are two sets of rules with discrepancies that make the law confusing; one states that only CBD extracted from cold-pressing is legal and that even the slightest trace of THC in CBD would make it illegal.
Italy: Yes, THC content is no more than 0.6%.
Latvia: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and has less than 0.2% THC.
Lithuania: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and has less than 0.2% THC.
Luxembourg: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and has less than 0.3% THC.
Malta: Yes, with a prescription.
Netherlands: Complicated. Possession of cannabis is decriminalized up to 5g, and the sale and use are widely tolerated in licensed coffee shops. CBD is legal, but CBD oil is illegal in the Netherlands because the distinction in the law which dictates that cannabinoids cannot be isolated from the cannabis plant. Despite this, CBD is widely available across the Netherlands and not policed.
Norway: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and contain no THC (0%)
Poland: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and has less than 0.2% THC.
Portugal: Yes, with a prescription.
Romania: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and has less than 0.2% THC.
Slovenia: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and has less than 0.2% THC.
Spain: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and has less than 0.2% THC.
Sweden: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and contain no THC (0%)
Switzerland: Yes, all hemp-derived CBD products with less than 1.0% THC are legal to purchase and consume in the country.
Ukraine: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and contain no THC (0%)
United Kingdom: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and contain no THC (0%)
Argentina: Yes, with a prescription
Brazil: Yes, with a prescription
Colombia: Yes, CBD products containing less than 1% THC by weight are allowed
Paraguay: Yes, with prescription
For the majority of African countries, the law on the production, sale, and possession of CBD isn’t available.
Australia: Yes, but only through a selected approved vendors.
New Zealand: Yes, as long as it’s purchased through a medical professional.
Canada: Even though you can purchase CBD oil over the counter in most provinces in Canada, it is technically illegal unless for medical purposes. This is because the 2019 Canadian Cannabis Act only specified that fresh, dried, oil, or seed form be legalized, not extracts and edibles, and CBD oil is technically classified as an extract.
Mexico: Yes, if it comes from industrial hemp and contains less than 1% THC.