We Asked 79 Doctors 10 Questions About CBD
In our ongoing commitment to understanding and sharing the most current insights about CBD, Maya CBD contacted 79 doctors to get their perspectives.
These doctors, from various specialties and backgrounds, generously took the time to answer our questions about CBD, its effectiveness, their concerns, and its future in the medical field.
Their responses provide a unique glimpse into the medical community’s views on CBD, and we believe their insights will be invaluable to professionals and individuals interested in or currently using CBD.
- 51% of doctors have recommended CBD to patients.
- Doctors stated that 65% of their patients reported that CBD products were either somewhat effective or very effective.
- 68% of doctors said their perception of CBD as a therapeutic agent is either somewhat positive or very positive.
- 80% of doctors are between neutral and strong support of the use of CBD for children.
- 82% of doctors agreed that CBD to help manage sleep disorders is either somewhat effective or extremely effective.
- 81% of doctors agreed that CBD to help manage anxiety is either somewhat effective or extremely effective.
How We Conducted the Survey
Our survey methodology was two-pronged, utilizing both LinkedIn and professional freelance platforms to reach a wide range of doctors. We distributed links to an anonymous online survey, which allowed doctors to provide their insights without any disclosure of identity comfortably.
Further expanding our network, we connected with colleagues of these doctors to ensure a diversified response base. This comprehensive approach helped us garner well-rounded insights into doctors’ perspectives on CBD use.
1. Recommendations: Have you ever recommended CBD to a patient?
The responses were almost evenly split, with 40 out of 79 doctors (approximately 51%) indicating that they have recommended CBD to a patient, while 39 out of 79 doctors (approximately 49%) indicated that they have not. This suggests that a slight majority of the surveyed doctors have recommended CBD to their patients, indicating a level of trust in CBD’s potential therapeutic benefits.
2. Patient Feedback: From your experience, how have patients reported the effectiveness of CBD products?
Out of the total responses, a majority (33) reported CBD as ‘Somewhat effective’, followed by 24 responses indicating a ‘Neutral’ stance. 18 responses found CBD to be ‘Very effective’. On the other hand, a small minority of doctors reported CBD as ‘Not very effective’ (3) or ‘Not effective at all’ (1). This data suggests that while there is a general trend toward the effectiveness of CBD, there is also a significant portion of neutrality and a small degree of skepticism.
3. Concerns: What are your primary concerns, if any, about CBD products?
The most common concern, with 30 responses, was ‘Quality Control of Products’, indicating that doctors are worried about the consistency and reliability of CBD products. This was followed by ‘Potential Side Effects’ and ‘Lack of Regulation’, both receiving 19 responses, suggesting that doctors are also concerned about the possible adverse effects of CBD and the need for more robust regulatory measures. ‘Insufficient Research’ was another concern, with 11 doctors expressing the need for more comprehensive studies on CBD. This data highlights the need for more transparency, regulation, and research in the CBD industry.
4. Regulations: What are your views on the current regulations surrounding the prescription and use of CBD?
The most common response, with 26 doctors, was ‘Somewhat Lenient’, suggesting that a significant number of doctors believe the regulations could be more stringent. This was followed by 21 responses for ‘Somewhat Strict’, indicating a belief that the regulations are already fairly strict. Both ‘Too Strict’ and ‘Too Lenient’ received 11 responses each, showing a smaller group of doctors at both ends of the spectrum. Lastly, 10 doctors found the regulations to be ‘Adequate’. This data shows a diverse range of opinions on the current regulatory state of CBD, with a slight leaning toward the need for stricter regulations.
5. Perception: How would you describe your overall perception of CBD as a therapeutic agent?
The majority of responses were positive, with 32 doctors describing their perception as ‘Somewhat Positive’ and 21 doctors describing it as ‘Very Positive’. A significant number of doctors (25) had a ‘Neutral’ stance, indicating neither a positive nor negative perception. Only one doctor reported a ‘Somewhat Negative’ perception, and none of the doctors had a ‘Very Negative’ perception of CBD as a therapeutic agent. This data suggests a generally positive or neutral perception of CBD’s therapeutic potential among the surveyed doctors.
6. Professional Opinions: How do you perceive the majority of medical professionals view the use of CBD in treating various conditions?
The responses were quite evenly distributed. The largest group of doctors (24) believed that their peers view CBD ‘Somewhat Unfavorably’, followed closely by 23 doctors who thought the perception is ‘Neutral’. ‘Somewhat Favorably’ was the next most common response with 21 doctors, while 8 doctors believed their peers view CBD ‘Very Favorably’. A small number of doctors (3) thought that the majority of medical professionals view CBD ‘Very Unfavorably’. This data suggests a mixed perception of CBD among medical professionals, with a slight lean toward unfavorable views.
7. Opinion on CBD Usage in Pediatrics: What is your opinion about the use of CBD for treating conditions in children?
The largest group of doctors (25) held a ‘Neutral’ stance, indicating neither support nor opposition. This was followed by 23 doctors who ‘Somewhat Support’ the use of CBD in children’s treatment. 15 doctors ‘Strongly Support’ this use, showing a considerable amount of backing. However, there was also opposition, with 12 doctors ‘Somewhat Opposing’ and 4 ‘Strongly Opposing’ the use of CBD for treating conditions in children. This data suggests a mixed opinion among doctors, leaning towards support.
8. Effectiveness for Sleep Disorders: Based on your understanding and experience, how effective do you believe CBD is in managing sleep disorders?
The majority of doctors (38) found CBD to be ‘Somewhat Effective’ in managing sleep disorders, while 27 doctors believed it to be ‘Extremely Effective’, indicating a strong belief in CBD’s potential in this area. A smaller group of doctors (8) held a ‘Neither Effective nor Ineffective’ stance. Only a few doctors found CBD to be ‘Somewhat Ineffective’ (4) or ‘Extremely Ineffective’ (2) for managing sleep disorders. This data suggests a generally positive perception of CBD’s effectiveness in managing sleep disorders among the surveyed doctors.
9. Effectiveness for Anxiety: Based on your understanding and experience, how effective do you believe CBD is in managing anxiety?
The majority of doctors (34) found CBD to be ‘Somewhat Effective’ in managing anxiety, while 30 doctors believed it to be ‘Extremely Effective’, indicating a strong belief in CBD’s potential in this area. A smaller group of doctors (10) held a ‘Neither Effective nor Ineffective’ stance. Only a few doctors found CBD to be ‘Somewhat Ineffective’ (4) or ‘Extremely Ineffective’ (1) for managing anxiety. This data suggests a generally positive perception of CBD’s effectiveness in managing anxiety among the surveyed doctors.
10. Future Perspective: How do you see the role of CBD evolving in medical treatments over the next 5-10 years?
The majority of doctors (47) believed that the role of CBD will ‘Significantly Increase’ in the next 5-10 years, indicating a strong belief in the growing importance of CBD in medicine. 23 doctors believed that the role of CBD will ‘Increase a Bit’, while 9 doctors thought that the role of CBD will ‘Stay the Same’. None of the doctors believed that the role of CBD will ‘Decrease a Bit’ or ‘Significantly Decrease’. This data suggests a generally optimistic outlook on the future role of CBD in medical treatments among the surveyed doctors.
Based on the survey results, it appears that the medical community holds a generally positive or neutral view of CBD. The majority of doctors have either recommended CBD to patients or have patients who reported CBD as effective. Concerns about CBD primarily revolve around product quality control, potential side effects, and a perceived lack of regulation and research.
Opinions on the current regulations surrounding CBD are mixed, with a slight lean towards the need for stricter regulations. The overall perception of CBD as a therapeutic agent is positive or neutral, with very few negative views. However, when asked about the views of the majority of medical professionals, responses were more mixed, with a slight lean towards unfavorable views.
The use of CBD for treating conditions in children received a mixed response, with a slight lean towards support or neutrality. The effectiveness of CBD in managing sleep disorders and anxiety was generally viewed positively.
Looking toward the future, the surveyed doctors are optimistic about the role of CBD in medical treatments, with the majority predicting a significant increase in its role over the next 5-10 years.
In conclusion, while there are some concerns and mixed opinions, the overall sentiment towards CBD in the medical community appears to be cautiously optimistic, with a recognition of its potential therapeutic benefits and a call for more research and regulation.