2021 Study Shows
Self-Perceived Anxiety is the Top Reason for CBD Use
A cross-sectional study was performed to determine the use of cannabidiol (CBD) specifically for self-perceived stress, anxiety, and sleeping problems. This study was in the form of an online survey and gathered responses from 387 current and past adult CBD users and was published in February 2021. The study comprised of 61.2% females, 72.2% between the ages of 25 and 54, and 77.4% residing in the United Kingdom.
- The top ranking reason for CBD use was to help manage self-perceived anxiety
- The majority of participants took less than 50 mg of CBD daily
- Women were more likely to use CBD for self-perceived anxiety and insomnia
- Men were more likely to use CBD for general health and wellbeing and post-workout muscle soreness
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CBD User Data Highlights
Why did participants use CBD?
The survey asked respondents to indicate the reasons they took CBD. The top 4 reasons reported are as follows:
- 42.6% use CBD for self-perceived anxiety
- 42.5% use CBD for sleep problems
- 37% use CBD for stress
- 37% use CBD for general health and well-being
In addition, roughly 20% of the participants reported using CBD for arthritis/joint pain and chronic pain, roughly 15% reported using CBD for depression, and roughly 10% reported using CBD for sore muscles post workout and to increase focus and productivity.
For how long did the participants use CBD?
The survey also asked participants to indicate how long they had used CBD, starting from 0-3 months to more than 5 years. Based on 287 responses, 69.7% reported using CBD for less than 1 year, 16.6% reported using CBD between 1 and 2 years, 9.6% reported using CBD for 2-5 years and 4.1% reported using CBD for more than 5 years.
What amount of CBD did participants take? How often and what time of day did they take CBD? What type of CBD product did they use?
The survey asked respondents to indicate what amount of CBD they took, how frequently they used CBD, when they took it, and what type of CBD product they used.
Based on 287 responses, most took a relatively low lose dose of CBD, used it daily in the evening time, and in a sublingual form. Sublingual administration of CBD is typically in the form of a CBD oil drop tincture. Using the dropper that comes with the tincture bottle, the dropper is filled with the desired amount of CBD oil and then placed under the tongue for 1-2 minutes, allowing the blood vessels to directly absorb the oil into the bloodstream, and then swallowed.
Specifically, 54% reported using less than 50mg CBD daily, with 25.6% taking their CBD in the evening, and 72.6% using a sublingual CBD product. The second highest ranking time of day for taking CBD was in the morning and evening at 23.8%. Following that, 20.2% used CBD as needed.
Did the participants find CBD was effective?
The survey also asked participants to indicate whether they found CBD was effective for the reasons they took it.
Of the 42.6% that used CBD for self-perceived anxiety, 86.5% found CBD helped them feel less anxiety.
Among the 42.5% that used CBD for sleep, roughly 40% found CBD generally helped them sleep better, and 48.2% found that CBD helped them fall asleep faster.
Of the 37.5% that used CBD for stress, 92.2% found CBD reduce their stress.
Participants also reported other benefits they felt from using CBD as follows:
- 21.3% found CBD helped them feel more calm
- 19.5% found CBD helped reduced their pain
- roughly 10% found CBD helped them focus better, relaxed their muscles and improved their self-esteem
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Did the participants experience any side effects from using CBD?
The survey asked participants to report whether using CBD caused them to experience any side effects. Generally, CBD can produce some mild side effects for some users, such as dry mouth, sleepiness, dizziness, diarrhea and nausea. In this study, 71% indicated they had not experienced any side effects, 11% experienced dry mouth, and 3% felt fatigue.
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Source: Moltke J, Hindocha C. Reasons for cannabidiol use: a cross-sectional study of CBD users, focusing on self-perceived stress, anxiety, and sleep problems. J Cannabis Res. 2021;3(1):5. Published 2021 Feb 18. doi:10.1186/s42238-021-00061-5