Since cannabidiol (CBD) was legalized by the Farm Bill in 2018, CBD products have become one of the biggest trends in retail, with many consumers turning to CBD for help with various health ailments and their general well-being. “The CBD Effect: A Rapidly Emerging Consumer Trend,” a new report from Acosta, a full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry, investigates the topic and reveals CBD usage trends and what retailers and manufacturers can do to capitalize on the increasing demand.
“Health ailments without a one-size-fits-all treatment are quite common and avoiding chemicals when it comes to health and self-care is important across all age groups. CBD sales and projections show consumers are turning to CBD for help, and demand is growing rapidly,” says Colin Stewart, SVP of business intelligence at Acosta. ”Consumer CBD sales are expected to reach $20 billion by 2024—larger than the current annual sales of candy, gum and mints combined.”
Who is using CBD products?
Twenty-eight percent of consumers currently use CBD products daily or as needed, according to the report.
Millennials, males and those with four-year degrees are currently the key CBD demographics. Those who reported daily or as-needed use of CBD include:
- Fifty-six percent of Millennials
- Thirty-two percent of Gen X
- Fifteen percent of Baby Boomers
- Forty-eight percent of men
- Forty-nine percent of those with a bachelor’s degree
Pain, mental health and general wellness are key reasons for usage, with specific health ailments varying from generation to generation. Millennials most commonly use CBD for anxiety (31 percent) and general wellness (30 percent), while Gen X and Boomers use CBD products to help with joint pain (31 percent and 36 percent, respectively) and muscle pain (both 23 percent).
Consumer perceptions and barriers
When asked for their perspective on CBD:
- Fifty-five percent of consumers said, “CBD oil is/might be a new miracle treatment.”
- Thirty-five percent said, “I’m not sure what to think of CBD oil.”
- Eleven percent said, “CBD oil is just hype.”
- Non-users who are open to trying CBD reported price (26 percent), lack of studies (18 percent) and distrust in claims (14 percent) as the biggest barriers for usage.
CBD already popular with pet owners
- One in 10 pet owners reported purchasing CBD products for their pets. Of those consumers, 52 percent made the purchase based on a recommendation from their vet.
- Top reasons for usage were pain (29 percent), anxiety (32 percent) and general wellness (29 percent).
- The top pet CBD products include treats/chews (48 percent), oil (27 percent), capsules (14 percent) and topical ointment (9 percent).
Acosta’s report was compiled using industry data and proprietary information sources including online surveys of the company’s proprietary shopper community. To access the full report, visit acosta.com/news.