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College Anxiety: Can CBD help with anxiety in college students

November 01, 2023 3 min read

College Anxiety: Can CBD help with anxiety in college students - Leaf Remedys

Ah, college life… An adventure of discovering who you are as a person while learning new skills and furthering your education.

But let’s be honest: the demand and expectations of college professors, parents, and even peers can make some students feel stressed out and overwhelmed.

While college stress is common—especially when it comes to finalizing your major, taking midterm exams, and worrying about the future—it's another thing to feel uncontrollable levels of anxiety, panic, and fear.

And in recent years, anxiety in college students has gotten worse.


The rise of anxiety in college students

According to the American College Health Association [¹], in 2018, 63% of US college students felt an overwhelming sense of anxiety. They also experienced an above average level of stress.

What’s more, that same survey showed that 23% of college students ended up being diagnosed or treated for anxiety by mental health care professionals.

While college opens the door for unique opportunities, it also introduces social and personal growth adjustments. And for some students, these adjustments can take a toll on their physical and mental health.


Possible causes of anxiety in college students include [²]:

  • Poor sleep–– Pulling all-nighters with excessive caffeine, sugar, and blue-light exposure can contribute to lack of sleep, anxiety, stress, and even depression.
  • Loneliness –– Never socializing with others can increase mental health issues and anxiety, especially when socialization is required.
  • Academic demands –– Taking too many courses that equally require extensive commitment can cause academic stress and disengagement from studies.

So how do college students cope with anxiety in college?


CBD and college anxiety

Isea Kelley [³] is a freshman in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and she’s been using CBD oil and CBD gummies to help address her anxiety.

“I’m not anxious enough to ever need prescription medication, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have anxiety and stress issues and I need things to help deal with that,” says Isea.

Here’s what’s most compelling about CBD users today…

According to a 2019 Gallup survey, 14% of American adults use and consume CBD products. That’s 1 in 7 adults!

What’s more, 20% of those users fall between the ages of 18 and 29.

This means young adults, many of whom are in college, are seeking more natural, less invasive substances to help address their anxiety and stress.

Another survey, conducted by The News House at Syracuse University, found that 47% of college students are using CBD products for various reasons.

But here’s the real question…


Is CBD legal on college campuses?

The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill [] legalized hemp and its derivatives, with exception of Delta-9 THC, on a federal level.

However, individual states and college campuses can now make their own laws and policies regarding hemp-derived cannabinoids. This includes consumable hemp-derived products like CBD oil, CBD gummies, etc.

While some public and private universities have prohibited the use of hemp-derived CBD, there are a few universities who are working to separate the policies between CBD and THC.

Nevertheless, some college students take their chances, and continue to consume CBD oils and gummies discreetly for the sake of easing their anxiety and stress.

While we would never encourage anyone to ignore school policies and state laws, we do understand that some people have to do what’s necessary for their physical and mental health.

For that reason, we do encourage college students of all ages to only purchase CBD products from reputable companies.

We also encourage anyone who is new to CBD to start slow and with low doses. And remember to always consult with your doctor before adding high-quality CBD to your daily regimen, especially if you're currently on any prescription medications.

As always, feel free to reach out to us here at Leaf Remedys if you have any questions or concerns.