Here’s how the reasons for usage stacked up: 38 percent use it for mental health and neurological disorders, 33 percent for pain relief, 36 percent for sleep and relaxation, 18 percent for medical conditions, and 8 percent for beauty and skin conditions. This all makes sense—studies show that the compound works in concert with the body’s endocannabinoid system (which is in charge of regulating many of processes in the body) and has promise to help with everything from mood and anxiety to pain to stress and sleep to certain skin conditions like acne. And humans aren’t the only ones getting in onthe action—8 percent also use it on their pets, primarily for stress and anxiety as well as joint and muscle pain.
The survey also showed that the number of indications increases along with the length of use. AdrianTennant, vice president of insights at Bigeye, discussed that finding on the agency’s In Clear Focus podcast, saying that it points to the compound’s “unique proposition as a multifunctional ingredient. Inpractical terms, a claim that CBD helps treat specific skin conditions can be augmented with a claim that it also calms the user and lessens the anxiety that a person may have as a consequence of their condition.”