November 1, 2021

In a recent survey of CBD users, 42.6% used CBD for anxiety, 42.5% for sleep issues, 37.5% for stress, and 37% for general health and well-being. People also reported using CBD for a variety of pain conditions, including chronic pain, pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, menstrual pain, and headache and migraines. 

Patterns of CBD use vary according to the type of health concern. 

People using CBD for anxiety report often taking it several times a day. In contrast, people using CBD for sleep most often take it only in the evening.

CBD users report a wide range of benefits.

People who use CBD report that it helps them to feel calmer, to have less pain, and to be less depressed. They also report better focus and increased energy. Some even report that they take fewer medications. 

CBD use is associated with very few side effects.

 CBD users occasionally report experiencing fatigue and dry mouth. No users experienced serious adverse events. 

Most CBD users consume less than 100mg per day.

Nearly 30% of CBD users consume less than 24mg per day, while almost 25% consume between 24 and 49mg per day. Around 18% of users consume between 50 and 99mg per day. Nearly 10% of people do not track their intake.

CBD is usually taken by mouth or applied to the skin.

CBD is taken orally in many forms, including in foods, beverages, capsules/pills, oral sprays, or concentrated solutions. CBD is also applied topically to the skin. 

About the Author Dr. Genevieve Newton

Dr. Genevieve Newton, DC, PhD has spent the past 19 years as a researcher and educator in the field of nutritional sciences. A series of personal health crises led her to discover the benefits of cannabinoids, and she soon found herself engrossed in studying the endocannabinoid system and therapeutic applications of cannabis/cannabinoids in mental health, pain, sleep, and neurological disorders. She has recently taken a position as the Scientific Director at Fringe, a new medical CBD and education company.

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