London, United Kingdom: Respondents are most likely to report using CBD products to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, as well as to improve their quality of sleep, according to international survey data published in the Journal of Cannabis Research.
A team of investigators from the United Kingdom and Denmark conducted an online survey of 387 subjects experienced with the use of CBD. Participants in the survey resided primarily in the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the United States.
Subjects were most likely to report ingesting CBD for the following purposes: to mitigate anxiety (43 percent), to improve sleep (43 percent), to reduce stress (37 percent), and for purposes of “general health and well-being” (37 percent).
Subjects’ reported motivations for consuming CBD were consistent with those of prior surveys, such as those here and here.
Seventy percent of those surveyed reported having only initiated the use of CBD within the past 12 months. Few side effects were reported.
Authors concluded: “CBD is used for a wide range of physical and mental health symptoms and improved general health and well-being. A majority of the sample surveyed in this study found that CBD helped their symptoms, and they often used doses below 50 mg. Out of the four most common symptoms, three were related to mental health. Self-perceived stress, anxiety, and sleep problems constitute some of society’s biggest health problems, but we lack adequate treatment options. Further research is needed into whether CBD can efficiently and safely help treat these symptoms.”
Full text of the study, “Reasons for cannabidiol use: A cross-sectional study of CBD users, focusing on self-perceived stress, anxiety, and sleep problems,” appears in the Journal of Cannabis Research