Oklahoma tops list of states ‘most interested’ in CBD, review finds

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma has claimed the top spot for states most interested in CBD, a review finds.

'Remedy Review' is an online publication based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Recently, editors compiled data from Google Trends and internal site traffic to create a list of America's top ten states for CBD users:

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Kentucky
  3. Indiana
  4. Vermont
  5. Colorado
  6. California
  7. Florida
  8. Tennessee
  9. Oregon
  10. North Carolina

Marc Lewis, an editor for Remedy Review, said they looked at data trends over the past 12 months. According to Lewis, Google Trends show an overall interest over a period of time and geographic data is scores between 0 to 100 to show the relative interest in those places.

When searching "CBD", Oklahoma scored a 98 out of 100.

"This is when we thought we were on to something," Lewis told News 4 via email. "We then took the relative interest score across our top 5 keywords (cbd, cbd oil, hemp oil, cannabidiol, cbd oil benefits) and found that Oklahoma had an average relative interest of 85. The highest we found."

Hector Najar, owner of Herban Mother, starting selling CBD products in his Oklahoma City locations two years ago. He says most of his clientele includes those over the age of 60 and seeking new ways to treat pain.

"I think a lot of the interest comes from the fact that you did have a lot of people that saw the value and the word of mouth saying there is an alternative treatment option to your pharmaceuticals and your meds. It just kind of spread," Najar said.

Michelle Merrell, a nurse practitioner with Primary Health Partners in Edmond, says patients ask her about CBD products on a daily basis. The common use, according to Merrell, is for pain management and anxiety.

"As a nation we're cracking down on the use of opioids and Benzodiazepines because while they are useful they can be very dangerous and so as that crackdown happens, people are going to be looking for other alternatives and this is one that has been publicized."