For a growing number of Americans, CBD has become an effective way to help them manage anxiety and stress. Prior to the pandemic in March, anxiety was already cited by users as the #1 reason for taking CBD products. So it’s no surprise that their popularity has continued to increase in the last few months.
"There definitely isn’t one particular brand or product that works for everyone," Brian Peterson , the managing editor of CBDOilUsers.com, said. "The 5 brands on our list are the ones mentioned most often by users in our Facebook groups. Users typically try a few different products to find the one that works best for them. The most important thing is to start slow and gradually increase the amount being taken over time to find your personal ‘sweet spot’ serving size."
According to recent data, Americans are reporting higher levels of anxiety and depression related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a survey conducted by Healthline, 49% of respondents showed some signs of anxiety or depression as compared to the historical rate of 37%.
FLOWER MOUND, Texas , Aug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CBDOilUsers.com, a leading CBD education website, has released its 2020 list of the best CBD oils for anxiety, available at https://cbdoilusers.com/cbd-oil-for-anxiety/.
The brands on the CBDOilUsers.com list include:
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the lesser-known child of the cannabis sativa plant; its more famous sibling, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the active ingredient in pot that catapults users’ “high.” With roots in Central Asia, the plant is believed to have been first used medicinally — or for rituals — around 750 B.C., though there are other estimates too.
More than 60 percent of CBD users were taking it for anxiety, according to a survey of 5,000 people. Does it help?
What are the claims?
CBD is advertised as providing relief for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is also marketed to promote sleep. Part of CBD’s popularity is that it purports to be “nonpsychoactive,” and that consumers can reap health benefits from the plant without the high (or the midnight pizza munchies).
Up in the wee hours of the night, stuck watching videos of puppies? CBD may be promising as a sleep aid; one of the side effects of the Epidiolex trials for epilepsy was drowsiness, according to Mr. MacKillop, a co-author of a review on cannabinoids and sleep. “If you are looking for new treatments for sleep, that may be a clue,” he said.
But he cautions that the side effects could have been because of an interaction with other medications the children were taking to control the seizures. So far, there hasn’t been a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial (the gold standard) on sleep disorders and CBD.
CBD user demographics skew young. Of all age groups, Americans age 18-29 are most likely to use CBD consistently, and its popularity decreases with age. (Gallup, 2019):
“CBD contains multiple oil-based terpenes, which can excite the immune system,” says Dr. Hall. “The most common side effects associated with CBD-based products include sleepiness, sedation, and lethargy; elevated liver enzymes; decreased appetite; diarrhea; rash; fatigue, malaise, and weakness; insomnia, and possible interaction with some prescription medications.”
CBD statistics by age
Typically, these effects aren’t dire, but they can be inconvenient and disruptive to a person’s everyday routine.
According to our SingleCare survey, nearly half of CBD users prefer oils/tinctures, lotions/balms, and gummies. But there’s a growing market for CBD edibles.
In a recent Gallup poll, 64% of U.S. adults said that they were familiar with CBD and/or CBD products. In a 2020 SingleCare survey, we found that one-third of Americans have used CBD.