A survey of adult CBD users found that stress and anxiety are the leading reasons they use it and, importantly, 92% say they feel less stressed and 87% less anxious.
What’s more, the relief came at low dosages of CBD – more than half used < 50 mg/day – suggesting there’s room for improvement. As the authors point out, much higher dosages are used in clinical research; for example, they cite one study that found 400 mg/day of CBD “significantly lowered” feelings of anxiety.
Cost & caution are why people go low: “Due to the high price and the lack of medical supervision, it is not surprising that non-medical CBD users are taking much lower doses than those used in clinical studies, and those prescribed for specific medical conditions.”
This study matters because, as the researchers put it, stress & anxiety are “some of society’s biggest health problems, [and] we lack adequate treatment options.”
Indeed, if you look at how the American Psychological Association defines stress and and anxiety, you see why:
There’s a fine line between stress and anxiety. Both are emotional responses, but stress is typically caused by an external trigger. The trigger can be short-term, such as a work deadline or a fight with a loved one or long-term, such as being unable to work, discrimination, or chronic illness. People under stress experience mental and physical symptoms, such as irritability, anger, fatigue, muscle pain, digestive troubles, and difficulty sleeping.
Anxiety, on the other hand, is defined by persistent, excessive worries that don’t go away even in the absence of a stressor. Anxiety leads to a nearly identical set of symptoms as stress: insomnia, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, muscle tension, and irritability.