What People Are Saying About How CBD Helps Them on Reddit

CBD has been a controversial topic since it first entered the market in 2014 and thereafter steadily skyrocketed in its popularity and reasons for use. One reason for this is because there is not enough scientific evidence to show that CBD treats the various health conditions people say it does based on their own personal experience.

Pending scientific evidence, online and other types of CBD consumer surveys are being done. Such surveys are mostly conducted by hemp industry researchers, analytical companies, and the like. The survey questions generally aim to gather an understanding about CBD knowledge and use among the general public. Typical questions include whether participants heard about CBD, how they heard about it, if and why they use CBD, how they use it, and whether CBD helps them, among many others.

In addition to surveys, some researchers realize that a large number of CBD users share why they use CBD on social media. By reviewing this type of information, they are able to assess the reasons people use CBD.  Accordingly, some researchers look to social media to learn what people are saying about CBD, including how CBD helps them.

Here, we highlight some key findings of one investigatory study that analyzed a sample of CBD testimonials posted on the popular social media platform called Reddit.

CBD Testimonials

In the study, the researchers analyzed 376 testimonial posts that were made between January 1, 2014, and August 31, 2019, where people said CBD helped them.  Among these, 90.0% included at least one claim that CBD treated a medical condition, and 29.5% included at least one claim of a wellness benefit.

Examples on the types of CBD testimonials made include:

“CBD has helped me to quiet my racing thoughts.”

“CBD has given me more energy”

“A life-long sufferer of insomnia, after trying CBD I finally am sleeping”

“I developed an opioid addiction in the past few years, so I gave CBD a try. It’s helped me control my cravings and withdrawal symptoms as I’ve tried to get off opioids.”

“After trying CBD over a year ago, my psoriasis is much better.”

Collectively, the testimonials revealed that people are using CBD to treat a variety of mental health and physical health conditions in addition to supporting their general well-being and wellness.  Specifically,

  • 63.9% said CBD helped their psychiatric condition (e.g., anxiety, mood,  obsessive compulsive, depression, PTSD, etc.)
  • 29.5% said CBD helped their mental wellness (i.e., mood control, mental acuity, stress control)
  • 26.4% said CBD helped their orthopedic condition (e.g., arthritis, inflammation, muscle tension, muscle cramps, etc.)
  • 14.6% said CBD helped their sleep condition (i.e., insomnia, nightmares)
  • 6.9% said CBD helped their neurological condition (e.g., dizziness, headaches, migraines, etc.)
  • 3.9% said CBD helped their gastroenterological condition (e.g., appetite increase, diarrhea, nausea, etc.)
  • 1.9% said CBD helped their addiction condition (e.g., alcohol, kratom, opioids, etc.)
  • 1.4% said CBD helped their physical wellness (i.e., enhanced energy, exercise, dietary supplement)
  • 1.1% said CBD helped their sexual health condition (e.g., erectile dysfunction, libido, etc.), and
  • less than 1.0% said CBD helped their heart, skin, mouth health, or eye health condition.

Key Takeaway

Based on the data, including the content of the testimonials, the study’s authors believe their findings suggest that the general public already perceives CBD as an effective treatment for numerous health conditions even though there is a lack of scientific evidence backing it up.


The complete study, Self-reported Cannabidiol (CBD) use for Conditions with Proven Therapies, published October 15, 2020, can be viewed on the Jama Network Open. Accessed November 17, 2021. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.20977.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any disease. The statements made here are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or question.

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