Gallup Poll: 14% of Americans Use CBD

It may have taken almost a century to lift the prohibition on hemp, but it’s taken only a couple of years for the world to fall in love with cannabidiol (CBD). It hasn’t even been one full year since the non-psychoactive member of the cannabis family was declassified as a schedule 1 controlled substance. 

Now, a Gallup report finds that one in seven Americans use some form of CBD products. Let’s take an in-depth look at what Gallup found out about the 14% of Americans who use CBD, including where they live and what they use it for.

What is the Gallup CBD Poll About?

Gallup is a long-standing analytics and advisory board out of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Noted for their public opinion polls, Gallup has been cited by reputable sources penning articles on everything from current events to science to politics. Founded in 1935, this American institution has seen it all, including the first blow against hemp in the 1900s with the Marihuana Act of 1937. 

As 2018 drew to a close, an amended Farm Bill was signed into law. Under this legislature, hemp products became available from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Due to increased accessibility, CBD products are suspected to hit around the $22 billion mark by 2022. Naturally, these numbers caught the eyes of Gallup, prompting experts to conduct a survey on CBD usage in America.

This study was conducted from June 19, 2019, until July 27, 2019. 2,500 adults willingly participated in phone interviews with analysts. These discussions spanned a wide range of topics around the CBD industry. Here is what Gallup interviewers found. 

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Who Uses CBD the Most?

The results are in. All age demographics use CBD in some fashion! Currently, the biggest proponent of CBD is the generation who has pushed the hardest to lift the prohibition. Almost 500 of the 2,500 surveyed fell within the 18 to 29 age bracket.

As the demographics aged, the number of people who used CBD decreased. 16% of adults in the 30 to 49 range stated they used CBD, while 11% of those between the ages of 50 and 64 also enjoyed the benefits of CBD. Lastly, just 8% of seniors 65 and over, turned to hemp-based products.

While seniors seem to be using the least amount of CBD, they are, interestingly enough, far more educated than the other age brackets. Only 42% of the seniors polled said they weren’t aware of CBD. Those numbers are in comparison to the 52% of those surveyed in the 50 to 64 and 30 to 49 age groups who claimed not to know much about CBD. Funny enough, the age group who knew the least about CBD were the 18 to 29 year-olds. 54% of them claimed to be unfamiliar with CBD products.

Where Do the Most CBD Users Live?

CBD is now available across all state lines. While there is a representation of CBD usage in each of the 50 states, some areas are more apt to use hemp-based products than others. Perhaps a given, the West represents the highest number of CBD users. With the first state to allow medical cannabis, California, plus cannabis hotspots like Colorado and Washington, this statistic shouldn’t come as a shock. 

21% of people who take CBD, come from the West. This area of the States seems to be a little more familiar with hemp-based living because the plant has been a part of their culture long before the rest of the country caught on. 

In what may perhaps be a shocking realization, the South had the second-highest number of CBD enthusiasts. 13% of the people who used the products came from below the Mason-Dixon line.

A gasp-worthy turn of events sees the East and Midwest tie for last place in the number of CBD users. Just 11% of CBD users come from these areas. What makes this statistic such a jaw-dropper is that this includes states where alternative forms of therapy are popular such as New York, Maine, and Massachusetts. 

Meanwhile, the Midwestern state, Kentucky, was the first state to regulate industrial hemp production. The state’s pilot program served as the prototype for the first Farm Bill amendment made by former President Obama back in 2008. 

What Do People Use CBD For?

Not only did Gallup find out who is using CBD and where they are living, but the analysts also pinpointed why people are turning toward hemp in the first place. An overwhelming majority of people are using CBD products to help with managing pain. 40% of people stated pain management was their number one reason for switching to hemp products. 

Anxiety came in at a distant second, bringing in 20% of the votes. However, finding alternative ways to handle mental distress is still a priority for CBD users. That’s why it still has quite a significant lead over the number three reason most people use CBD.

In third place, 11% of people surveyed claim that CBD helps as a natural sleep remedy for managing insomnia. 

Furthermore, some people use CBD for multiple reasons. Therefore, they voted for more than one option. That further drives home the versatility of CBD products. When it was all said and done, Gallup projected that 90% of people used CBD for therapeutic purposes. 

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The Future of CBD

14% of people using a product that was virtually unknown a year ago is impressive. However, when you look at how many people are still uneducated about CBD, it shows there’s still a long way to go. As more people see their friends and family enjoying the potential benefits of CBD, the demand for hemp-based care will inevitably go through the roof.

Currently, CBD products are unregulated. The Department of Justice just handed off the oversight of hemp products to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). With the USDA regulating hemp cultivation, the next step of regulating CBD for the masses will be to get the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involved.

At the moment, the FDA is still trying to calculate the most efficient, fair, and safest way to regulate CBD products. Officials are taking into consideration practices used when regulating supplements. Hopefully, CBD will be classified as a supplement in the very near future. 

With a change in classification, more research will be conducted, and analyses will be readily available. Naturally, the mainstream media will get a hold of this data and share it with media consumers. Undoubtedly, this shift in coverage on CBD products will have a monumental impact on the results of the Gallup poll. 

Where to Get CBD Now

While the FDA catches up to the 14%, you can still find high-quality CBD products. Just be sure to do your due diligence. Research the companies to make sure they are using the finest ingredients. Check to see if they participate in third-party lab testing. In an unregulated world, the more transparent a company is, the better you can feel about choosing their product. 

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Become A Plant Cultivator In Your Own Garden

There are many fantastic reasons why you might want to get into cultivating plants in your own garden. If you approach it in the right way, it can be an exercise in environmental aid, as growing certain native plants in your own home can help the local ecosystem to thrive. For some plants, there may be a range of uses which you might want to get out of them, whether medicinal or otherwise: even a bed of sunflowers might be cultivated for their edible seeds, as well as their flowers, which may be crushed and used in making homemade soap. Whatever your reason, it’s an exciting hobby to delve into – but one which will take a fair amount of preparation, especially if you want to see great success some time soon.

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The Value Of Good Soil

Whatever it is that you are growing, you are almost certainly going to need good quality soil to grow it in. This is not a blanket rule, of course: water lilies will need either a pond or wet sand, and cacti can grow in rocky material. But for the majority of plants, you are likely to want to grow, good soil will be necessary. The best (and most rewarding) way to get your hands on good quality soil is to cultivate it yourself, a process which is probably easier than you think and yet still has the potential to be back-breaking. Over-cultivation is a real issue, and relatively easy to stumble into, so make sure that you don’t overdo it. With a simple compost and some physical labour digging it into the ground, you can have good soil in no time. You’ll know it’s ready when it’s crumbly, sweet-smelling and a rich colour.

Expert Equipment For Expert Cultivation

In the case of most plants that you will be seeking to cultivate, you are doing so in order to harvest something that you might get some use out of. Whatever it is, you will need to make sure that you are going to be able to do that, preferably by working to find the best possible tools and equipment out there. Relying on reliable and trusted sources like trimleaf can be an excellent way to do this, and you will find that having those decent tools in your hands will help you to feel more engaged with the art of cultivation as well. A bad workman blames his tools, but a good workman can often draw a line between their success and the quality of their tools.

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The Time To Harvest

The harvest, of course, is what it’s all about. Arguably the most crucial part of harvesting is making sure that you are doing so at the right time, which can be much more of a challenge than you might have assumed. You will need to carry out the relevant research for each plant that you have, but you also have to keep your wits about you, as this is the kind of thing where real-life observation is very often more relevant than the information you find in books and online. In time, you will come to appreciate the signs of harvest time, which will yield greater results in your garden, whatever you are growing.

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5 Crimes You Need To Safeguard Yourself Against

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Is crime really on the increase in the United States? Some people, especially those who work in the media, would certainly have you think that it is. Some people also believe that now there are many new crimes that take place online, these are also pushing the number up too.

The jury is still out as to whether the crime rate is actually on the rise, but one thing that might be interesting to note is that the five most common crimes over the past few years are still those that have been quite common for the past decade or more. Here are five common crimes that we all need to safeguard ourselves against. 

Burglary

Lots of homeowners go to many different lengths to secure their home. Thankfully, there is no shortage of security methods right now. You might want to install a burglar alarm so that you are always notified whenever an intruder tries to get in. Some homeowners also equip their home with CCTV as well. It’s worth taking a look on some home blogs to see the various ways other people have secured their home. 

Car Theft

There are a lot of car-related crimes carried out these days and many people end up hiring a defense attorney to help them get out of DUI and car theft charges. You might be surprised to learn that there are more car theft crimes carried out than DUIs, generally speaking. Just like securing your home, there are also different ways to keep your car safe. If you don’t have a garage to store it in, then it is really worth investing in a car alarm.

Cybercrimes

As mentioned above, cybercrimes are quite widespread these days, so much so that they are one of the five most reported crimes these days. As long as you use very strong passwords for each of your online accounts, then you should be fairly safe. It’s also a good idea to use the latest anti-virus software and firewalls to ensure that no viruses try to infiltrate your network.

Fraud

Fraud is still a very common crime as well, and a lot of it is being fueled by online scams. As long as you are always aware and use common sense, you should find that it is simple enough to stay away from fraudsters. If you are ever in any doubt about a strange email that you receive from your bank, it is best to phone them and query it before you do respond to it or click on any links. 

Assault

Sadly, assault is still a very common crime. The best way to not be targeted is to stay discreet and keep your purse and phone away in pockets or a bag at all times. Also, use your common sense and don’t walk alone at night through a dangerous area or neighborhood.

Crime is always going to be a problem unfortunately but, as you can see from the points above, there are various ways you can protect yourself from it.

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Small Town, Big Benefit: Making Simple Changes In Your Hometown

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On our home turf, we can make significant changes so that we benefit. These changes could be environmentally-friendly or could be quick ways to save money. But when we want to spread this out further, and make changes to our community or our hometown, therein lies more of a challenge. But are there ways for us to make significant changes, turning our small town into somewhere with huge benefit?

Inspire Non-Digital Literacy

Everybody has an abundance of used books lying around, and while the modern approach to reading is very much on a device, if we can collate all of our used and unwanted books, and create a free library, it becomes a fantastic way to inspire and improve literacy. It can also be part of a wider literacy project that can get people off the streets and into a welcoming environment.

Redesigning The Streets

If you live in an area that’s not particularly attractive, it doesn’t take much to completely make over the small areas so that passers-by can feel the inclination to stop and wander around. While there are many places prone to vandalism, if we can take positive steps to look at the more unattractive aspects of our town, whether it’s a bus shelter that’s been vandalized too much or a local park that desperately needs a new set of swings, by redesigning the street by fixing the smaller parts, rather than tackling the massive projects first, it will serve to improve the overall aesthetics of the place.

Embracing Sustainability

Everybody’s trying to do their bit for the planet now, and one of the easiest things that we can all do is plant a tree. So, you need to check your local rules before you start being trigger happy with your trees, but see if there are any initiatives near you that give away free trees to plant. In addition to this, there could be planting services around. As well as planting trees, you could start to make the most of one unused area of land and turn it into an allotment where people can congregate to grow their own fruits and vegetables. For those people that don’t have much money, this could be a lifesaver, as well as being a fantastic way to fight mental health issues in a small community.

Encourage More Conversation

It can be argued that we live in areas that don’t have a community spirit anymore. Perhaps we need to encourage more social aspects of our locale, and as much as we can encourage community-oriented events, if people don’t necessarily have the inclination to go into these, perhaps we can work on it in other, less obvious ways. A bench is a very simple thing, but when people sit down, a conversation may or may not begin, but over time, this will encourage people to be a bit more sociable and to share. But you don’t have to purchase metallic benches to get the most out of this, but rather, you could upcycle pallets and turn them into makeshift street furniture. You can then put these on the corners of streets near bus stops, and hopefully, there will be a little bit more in the way of community interaction.

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Hope for Family Caregivers Who Give So Much

Originally posted by the Silvernest Team on their blog, Apr 9, 2018 1:52:56 PM

The Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act offers some help for family caregivers

By Carol Marak

Back in 1998 through 2007, my sisters and I cared for our parents. Our mother lived with several chronic diseases, and father lived with Alzheimer’s disease. We were among America’s 40 million family caregivers. At the time, I was working full-time but both sisters were retired.

It’s difficult to combine caregiving and working because both are full-time. I’ve often heard the saying, “There’s no leaving the job at 5:00 PM, an employee will always bring the workday home.” I found out as a caregiver, the same goes for elder care, “A family caregiver never leaves the worry and stress about parent care in the home, they’ll bring the concerns and issues with them to work.” That was my story. It was difficult to separate the two.

Each day, I prayed to win the lotto so I could be with my parents, since their care demanded a lot of assistance. I asked HR for Family Medical Leave but was rejected. Back in early 2000, HR didn’t get how elder care was such an issue, however, they could relate to child care much easier.

In June of 2017, I praised Congress for passing the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act.” Hooray for families! And on January 22nd, the US President signed into law the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. It’s the first step in creating a national strategy aimed at the relatives and partners who provide care.

How the Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act can Help

One of the goals of RAISE is to increase financial security for family caregivers — it’s a much needed support for those of us giving care. I know the types of financial supports I’d like to have seen back in my caregiving days, like earned credits in Social Security if I took a leave of absence. Also, work-related strategies like telecommute, or part-time and flexible hours would have been a big relief. But that was early to mid-2000’s. Today, employers and HR departments tilt in favor of elderly caregiving.

Here are other examples that the Seniorcare.com Aging Council hope to see in the near future:

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How experts feel the RAISE Act can help

  • “Provide a Social Security earnings credit to family caregivers who take unpaid time away from employment, either by leaving their job or reducing hours. This prevents future Social Security benefits from being penalized due to caregiving. 2) Expand government programs that pay family caregivers. 3) Expand benefits programs and tax credits that help with out-of-pocket caregiving expenses.” Connie Chow, DailyCaring.com
  • Many family caregivers give up jobs to be able to care for an aging or ailing family member. Being able to access Medicare or another medical insurance program would allow them to take care of themselves as well as someone else. Further, if a caregiver, usually a woman, stops working, her retirement is jeopardized. Most programs for the elderly/caregivers are for those who qualify for Medicaid, thus eliminating benefits for those who are over the Medicaid limit and they are the ones who need help the most.” Donna Schempp, LCSW At Home with Growing Older.
  • “One of my clients who works for a large law firm has a HR department that does many of the phone calls and research family caregivers often need to do during work hours.” Margo Rose, BodyAwareGrieving.com
  • “A lump sum policy can be used to pay relatives or partners providing home-based custodial care. Since Medicare does not pay for custodial care, we recommend lump sum first diagnosis (cancer/heart attack/stroke) insurance and/or a whole life policy. A whole life policy that has accumulated cash value can also assure financial security for family caregivers and allow seniors to remain in their home.” Maureen Fitzgerald, Ph.D., BestMedigapRate.com
  • “The problem with the current support services and financial reimbursement for caregivers is that it all runs through the Medicaid system. You have to be already impoverished to get the little bit of help offered. Opening Adult Day Care centers and offering financial help through unemployment insurance or social security to people above the Medicaid limits would go a long way to provide financial security. It doesn’t seem possible though with Social Security already under attack.” Caren Isaacs , GetHealthHelp.com
  • “Financial security will become a major problem in the United States given current demographic predictions. Individuals are outliving their retirement savings and have, in general, not saved enough for the astronomical cost of home care. I believe that advanced planning is advised so that as many contingencies are covered as is possible. Working with a professional financial planner as early in the aging process as is practicable would be wise.” Marci Lobel-Esrig, Silverbills.com
  • “One of the biggest issues that arise when relatives and partners step in as caregivers is that they typically have to give up some earning capacity. They’re investing hours to care for loves ones and sacrificing compensation as they do. There must be formal measures in place to help make up for that lost income, and it would seem that tax incentives and tax credits would be a natural place to start.” Wendi Burkhardt, Silvernest.com
  • “Education! Every family should understand the financial implications associated with caring for an elderly or disabled loved one. Education should at a minimum include estimates of realistic costs associated with care, general information about the differences between Medicare and Medicaid, and the importance of purchasing long-term care insurance well in advance of any potential need.” Eboni Green, CaregiverSupportServices.com

The RAISE Family Caregiving Act is finally here and one that America’s first responders in elderly care are eager to see what’s next.

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Simple Eco-Friendly Changes You Should Know About

We are living in a great time, every year there are more products created that make it easier to live a greener, more eco-friendly life. And who doesn’t want to get in on that action? Let’s face it, the world needs some help, and we are in the position of knowledge now, we know what is good and what isn’t. From cleaning supplies to toothbrushes and shampoo bars, there are a million little ways that you can cut back and make changes that will have a positive impact on both you and the planet.

You don’t have to change your life completely to be able to make an impact either. Changing a single product in your routine will work, of course, the more, the merrier though!

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Why You Should Swap

The idea of eco-friendly products can seem like a bit of a minefield, but the truth is, they tend to be more simple in terms of ingredients and usage – once you are used to it of course. They have less of an impact on the planet, and in some cases, they even make significant contributions. Like the companies that plant trees, recycle and donate to green charities if you buy their goods. Going ‘green’ can be more economical too.

Hydrate and Reuse

Reusable water bottles. The chances are you aren’t drinking as much water as you should be anyway, but by getting a few reusable water bottles, and setting timers on your mobile phone, you’ll be hydrated and happy in no time. This cuts out the need to buy water bottles on the go too. Simple and effective. You can buy ones that are slightly more expensive that have reminders built in.

Clothing

Ditch the fast – fashion market and opt for more eco-friendly alternatives. They might cost a little bit more in price but they will last for a considerable amount of time and not only that, there are some cutting edge fabrics and designers. Coconut leather anyone? You can also check out a lyocell material consists of cellulose fibre. Tencel is being seen more often in high street stores too. It is produced in a sustainable way and is very versatile.

Straws

There has recently been a bit of backlash over a well known fast food chain swapping from plastic to cardboard. But, wouldn’t it be better if you were to carry your own mental straws instead? They’re easy to clean, usually come in a range of colors and designs and the best part is you won’t ever need to use a single-use plastic straw with a paper wrapper again.

By putting your money where your mouth is, you are making an impact on the world around you, and there is no ‘too small’ in this case. Taking control of what you use, and how you use it matters a great deal. There is an eco-friendly alternative to almost anything, it simply takes a spot of research and knowledge about the difference it makes.

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Simple Money Saving Ideas ( That Are Great For The Environment Too!)

The thing about saving money is that often, it’s not just good for your pocket, but it’s also great for the environment too, something that is becoming increasingly more important these days. In fact, there are some simple tactics you can use to make sure that both you and the earth are better off. Read on to find out what they are.

Buy used

First of all, when it comes to saving money going for an item that has been used or pre-owned can really help you save money.

Of course, the key here is to know that the thing you are buying is in good condition and will do the job that you need it to. What that means is that you need to scrutinize it before purchase, or alternatively be sure to get your used item from a reputable vendor like the one you can see when you click here that offers used car transmissions. After all, if you don’t from someone you can rely on you could end up paying out more for a new part if it’s not up to doing the job.

Additionally, buying things like used car parts can be better from the environment because it means new ones don’t need to be manufactured. This being something that saves physical resources, as well as energy in production and transportation too, as long as the parts are working efficiently.

Insulate

Next, if you want to save money in your own home, it can really help to insulate. This is because insulation can help you to maintain a comfortable temperature in your residence, whether that is cool in the summer or warmer in the winter.

Of course, the less energy you need to consume to heat your home, the better it is for the environment as well, so insulating isn’t just good for you bank balance, but for the Earth too.

Recycle

We live in a disposable culture, where we tend to buy new items as soon as something breaks, and then throw away the old ones. Of course, that isn’t a suitable model either for the planet or of our own financial stability, as always buying new things, it can cost a great deal of money.

To that end, something that can be useful both financially and environmentally is to recycle as much as possible, as well as buying things that are designed to last a long time.

In fact, it is entirely possible to swap out plastic items from glass ones that have a much longer life in the home, and so are much more environmentally friend because they can be quickly melted down and made into something else if they get broken or are usable in their current state.

Recycling at home can save you money, as well as help to save the environment.

Don’t forget that you can also choose to recycle item within the home to save you having to buy brand new things too. Something that can conserve money and also prevent our landfills from filling up with trash and polluting the environment as well.

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