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Cannabis Health readers have their say on CBD



We asked our readers about their CBD habits

We asked Cannabis Health readers on social media how they consume CBD, with over half saying it helps ease stress and anxiety and three quarters voting in favour of full-spectrum products.

From what conditions you can use it for to what type of CBD to use, there are some important points to consider.

Here, Cannabis Health readers share how and why they consume their CBD, with some interesting results.

What is the main reason you use CBD?

CBD has the potential to treat a variety of conditions, hence its popularity in the wellness industry.

We asked our readers to pick the main reason they use it, choosing between dealing with stress and anxiety, aches and pains, aiding sleep, or for beauty and cosmetic purposes.

Research has shown that CBD has the ability to reduce the body’s cortisol level, which is the hormone that controls stress.

Lower stress levels at night are often key to getting a good night’s sleep, but only 16 percent of Cannabis Health readers said this was the main reason they used it.

A more popular choice, with 23 percent of the vote, was using CBD to relive general aches and pains.

The anti-inflammatory properties of the cannabinoid means a lot of athletes turn to it to aid their recovery and boost their performance.

However, it has also shown promise in aiding conditions like arthritis, while it can have a transformative effect for those who suffer from chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia.

Only four percent of those who participated said they used it for skincare and beauty purposes, but the most popular choice for using CBD by far – with 55 percent of the vote – was to reduce anxiety and stress.

These are not the only benefits of using CBD however, with journalist Ruby Deevoy adding that she uses it as ‘an energy boost’, which is a lesser known benefit of the substance.

Does CBD help with your anxiety, depression and/or stress?

Mental health has been at the forefront of conversation since the start of the pandemic, with a growing number of people saying Covid-19 is taking its toll.

New research suggests that a quarter of UK adults reported feelings of anxiety, depression and stress.

Medical professionals often treat these conditions through anti-depressants, but some feel CBD can provide a natural, prescription-free alternative.

We asked Cannabis Health readers if they had noticed any change in their stress and anxiety levels after taking CBD, with three quarters saying they wouldn’t be without it, indicating its growing popularity.

What CBD product works best for you?

As more people begin to use CBD, companies are coming up with more and more innovative ways to consume it.

Oil has long since been the mainstream choice, backed up by 56 percent of respondents saying they consume oil or tinctures.

However this is not always the most convenient way, with edibles often seen as an easier and quicker way to get your CBD fix.

Twenty percent of our readers agreed with this, such as @Tom_McCorkle who said “I find the LiveKAYA classic chocolate works the best for me, with 30mg full spectrum CBD per piece.”

@ingobousa agreed, saying the broad-spectrum chocolate from Ardoa Organics is a “game-changer”. 

Topicals was the next best choice with 10 percent of the vote, likely to come from those who mainly use CBD for skin care purposes.

What type of CBD works best for you?

Choosing why and how you take your CBD are not the only questions you need to consider. You also need to think about what form of the cannabinoid you wish to use.

There are three main types: isolates, broad-spectrum and full-spectrum.

The latter is by far the most popular choice with Cannabis Health readers, with 76 percent saying this is how they use their CBD.

Full-spectrum simply means that it includes all of the naturally occurring compounds from the cannabis plant, including THC.

This is the opposite to isolates, which is mainly just pure CBD, but out of the three this was the least popular, with only two per percent of the vote. 

This is most likely due to the wider effects full-isolate CBD can have. Because it has more cannabis compounds, it has the potential to treat a wider range of health issues.

Broad-spectrum CBD seems to be a happy medium between the two and this was shown in the results, as second most popular choice among our readers.

This is where only the THC is removed, leaving the rest of the cannabinoid compounds.


Want to get involved? Cannabis Health will be running a number of polls over on our Twitter page to find out more about your views on CBD and cannabis for medical and wellbeing purposes.

Follow @CannabisHnews and keep an eye out.


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