Students Now Turn to CBD for College Stress

Students Now Turn to CBD for College Stress

Aug 19, 2022Phil Alvarez

As we near the end of August many are heading back to school to start the new semester. Some of us are already back in school and have been for a couple of weeks. A brand-new semester means a new curriculum and new curriculum means there’s a large influx of homework. When I was in college, I remembered the amount of homework we would receive and how large a percentage it played to our overall grade. Homework was very detrimental to us passing the semester, and it would be the sole cause of my stress. The dismally sleepless nights of writing out a paper on cerebral topics like the Spanish Inquisition of 1478 or an in-depth analysis on Carl Jung’s Collective Consciousness theory which kept me up until the late hours of the night, only to wake just under 5 hours later for class. It was the early 2010’s then, so products like CBD weren’t exactly mainstream like they are today; I lost a lot of sleep, I quickly gained weight from excess snacking and caffeine stimulants and of course I still couldn’t keep up with the amount of work coming in. What could I do? To this day, I still am unsure how I even managed to pass!  

Today is a much different story and we find many new students turning to CBD and hemp related products to manage their stress, anxiety, & pain – a luxury I could've used back then to make it through college! According to a Syracuse University study, an estimated 47% of students were using CBD products to manage their anxiety and stress. Unlike regular THC, CBD negates all psychoactive ingredients, so you’re only getting the benefits of the CBD and none of the THC side effects (munchies, grogginess). Since CBD’s regulation there have been some baseless stigmas coming from parents. According to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan Health, over a third of parents believe that CBD and marijuana are both one in the same. Many believe that like THC cannabis, CBD is habit forming and a gateway for abuse. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Despite the predisposed diatribes, CBD remains the new modern staple for hardworking college kids to assist with scholastic stress everywhere.  

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