Over the past few years, as more and more states moved towards legalization of cannabis, the use of marijuana for medical reasons has become a lot more popular in the United States. Known to help patients with chronic pain, anxiety, panic attacks or other physical and mental ailments, medical marijuana was first made legal in California in 1996 and is now widely accepted across the United States.
With public support for cannabis legalization reaching new highs, many Americans have tried cannabis products, be it for medical or for recreational reasons. While a recent Gallup poll showed that 49 percent of U.S. adults have tried marijuana, data from the OTC & Pharma 2021 special of Statista’s Global Consumer Survey shows that 43 percent of Americans have tried medical cannabis or CBD.
According to the survey, which was conducted in July and August, 3 in 10 U.S. adults consider cannabis/CBD a good alternative to traditional medical products, while 26 percent would even prefer it over chemical medication. There are still some reservations with respect to medical use of cannabis, however, as 21 percent of respondents said they’d be worried about the risks and 13 percent don’t want cannabis to be legal at all.