Most past and present CBD users say it helps with stress, sleep, and mood

Current and former CBD users reported on their experience taking CBD for various issues. The results were published online in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry in February 2024.

The authors collected data from past (43%) and present (57%) CBD users via a self-selected online survey from August 2021 to February 2022. Women made up over two-thirds of the 267 respondents. The average age of all respondents was 30, and just under half also reported using cannabis products (over 0.3% THC).

39% were under formal medical supervision for diagnosed medical conditions. 49% had been using CBD for 3 months or less, and 22% had been using CBD for 3 to 6 months.

The primary conditions or objectives respondents cited for using CBD:

  1. Stress (65%)
  2. Sleep (52%)
  3. General well-being (53%)
  4. Mood improvement (45%)
  5. Anxiety (41%)


They chose the following methods of administration:

  1. Sublingual (tincture in mouth): 73%
  2. Smoking: 37%
  3. Vaporization: 19%


The study also asked about the time of day people took their CBD. Here's what they said:

  • Evening (35%)
  • As needed (22%)
  • Morning and Evening (20%)


Daily doses also varied. Over a quarter took between 0 and 24mg CBD daily.  About 17% took between 25mg and 49mg daily while about 12% took between 50 and 99mg daily. Over one third of the respondents reported not knowing their daily dose.



68.2% reported CBD products as effective to relieve their symptoms

There was no significant difference in CBD effectiveness between males and females

there was no significant correlation between age and CBD effectiveness 

Cannabis users were significantly more likely than non-users to admit that CBD was effective in relieving their symptoms (75% vs. 61.5%)


That last result is kind of interesting. Among these respondents, those who also used THC-containing products (cannabis) were more likely to report that CBD was effective for their objectives. Also, those who also used cannabis products (THC) reported fewer side effects than those who did not use cannabis products (6% vs. 16%).

11.2% reported experiencing at least one side effect related to CBD use. The most common were sedation, difficulty concentrating, and anxiety. 


Authors' general conclusion:

individuals using CBD for health and wellness reasons believe that it has potential health benefits.



The full text article is here at PubMed Central.



Binkowska AA, Jakubowska N, Redeł A, Laskowska S, Szlufik S, Brzezicka A. Cannabidiol usage, efficacy, and side effects: analyzing the impact of health conditions, medications, and cannabis use in a cross-sectional online pilot study. Front Psychiatry. 2024 Feb 29;15:1356009. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2024.1356009. PMID: 38487574; PMCID: PMC10938386.