When it comes to CBD oil and other cannabinoid-supplements, it’s difficult for producers like Dutch Natural Healing to say what they can actually do. This has to do with the fact that research on the matter is relatively scarce, and legal action may follow if we claim any results of CBD in treating medical conditions. That is why you will not find any medical claims on our website’s CBD oil productpages, for example. Though where scientific proof is lacking, there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence on CBD’s effects in treating a variety of illnesses and disorders.

As a matter of fact, the internet is full of stories about CBD. And in some cases you’ll even read about its ‘truly miraculous’ effects. Unfortunately though, these miracles are often an exception and are not typical examples of CBD’s factual effects and possible results. To offer consumers a fair perspective on CBD and the ailments it possibly will have an effect on though; projectCBD has taken upon itself to survey thousands of CBD users and ask them for their insight. As over 3500 recipients explained what CBD actually does for them; there are some conclusions about CBD’s most heard effects and results we can safely draw from their report.

Who is using what type of CBD?

Before we dive into the possible effects of CBD, it’s only fair to describe who’s results this is based on. As shown from projectCBD’s survey-results, the average CBD users appear to be ‘white females over 45 living in the US’. Though other well represented countries in the study’s results are the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany, among others. The fact that the majority of CBD users appears to be female, may be due to the fact that women are more prone to ‘use healthcare services in general or alternative medicine in particular’, says the study's summary. And while a third of the survey’s participants is under the age of 44, the other two thirds were older.

The majority reports to use CBD from legal hemp instead of cannabis-derived CBD. An unsurprising outcome, considering CBD from cannabis is harder to obtain as it remains illegal in a big part of the world. Preferred methods of consuming CBD appear to be tinctures, like the CBD oils available from our webshop - and topicals. The latter is a relatively new way of using CBD, though it could be very effective in some cases. We predict topical application of CBD - using creams, gels and bath products - could be one of ‘the next big things’ in the world of cannabinoids.

Shockingly, there appears to be a huge need for more accurate information and customer advice though. Judging from the fact that only few participants could say how much cannabinoids they were effectively taking. Though this is exactly what we pride ourselves in, as we do everything we can to ensure our customers are well-informed; and know how much CBD they’re ingesting or applying topically.

CBD most effective in treating pain

As the survey shows, over 2200 of all participants report to use CBD in an effort to battle pain. This is an amazingly high number of people, representing over two thirds of the total number of participants! The majority (just under 90%), says CBD provides them improvement in the frequency and duration of their pain. A whopping 60% of them even go as far as to say CBD oil makes these aspects ‘much better’!

Though the most significant result from the survey has to do with pain intensity. As before taking CBD, the average pain score for participants was 6.85. While during the cannabinoid-treatment this dropped with 60% to an average pain score of only 2.76! The surveyed who had identified their source of pain, mostly say the cause of their discomfort is inflammation. Followed by people with injuries, disease like arthritis or fibromyalgia, and surgery.

CBD improves sleep

Other interesting effects CBD oil appears to have on its consumers, are focused on mental well-being. And one of the main problems participants say CBD can help them treat, is sleeping. Or better yet, the lack of sleep. As participants that were said to use CBD oil for sleep, ‘were more likely to report having trouble staying asleep than getting to sleep, though most people reported to have difficulties with both’, says the study’s outtake on projectcbd.org.

They report that CBD products helps them to get to sleep quicker; reducing the time from an average of an hour to only 20 minutes. The use of CBD also helps them to stay asleep longer and wake up less often. Reportedly decreasing the number from 4.3 times per night to only a third, 1.4 times per night. Logically, most participants report to wake up less tired thanks to the use of CBD tinctures.

CBD battles anxiety and improves mood

The last results from this survey worth mentioning, are those on CBD’s ability to battle actual mental disorders. As a lot of users - 90% of the total participants reporting the use of CBD to treat mood disorders - report to use CBD in an effort to battle anxiety and similar disorders; often (but not always) combined with depression. According to the majority of the participants, ‘CBD offers significant effects as both an anti-anxiety agent and anti-depressant.’

According to the study, CBD proves especially effective in decreasing feelings of nervousness. In total, 92% of the participants experienced some relief and 68% report that CBD makes the feelings of nervousness ‘much better’. Moreover, CBD oil could also help relieve panic attacks, mitigate mood swings and feelings of agitation, irritability and sadness - according to the study.

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CBD Oil is a dietary supplement and is intended to support general wellbeing and is not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure any condition. Consult your healthcare professional if you use medication or when conditions persist.