How CBD appeals to young New Yorkers seeking stress and pain relief: college student survey – The Journal News

This is part of a Syracuse University student-driven reporting project through the NewsHouse website that is being published in USA TODAY Network. It takes a deep look at marijuana issues in New York as the state’s drug laws remain in flux.

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has become a commonly used addition to beauty products, medication and even food.

The chemical compound derived from the Cannabis sativa plant is not psychoactive like its close family member THC, so many people use it as a relaxant, stress-reliever and even to mitigate pain. 

That includes many college students who have turned to CBD infused products to help alleviate the stresses and pressures of school, according to a survey completed by The NewsHouse at Syracuse University that found 47% of SU students have used CBD products. 

Isea Kelley, a freshman in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, began using CBD infused cream her junior year of high school to treat injuries sustained while running cross country and track and field year round.

It wasn’t until her senior year that she began using CBD oil and gummies to ease 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,” she said. 

Placards display the menu for CBD pop-up food table at a New York college house party.

She purchases CBD products from a store in her hometown of Beverly, Mass., usually spending from $50 to $90 on a tincture of CBD oil.

She said buying CBD gummies is easier and less expensive and more often purchases them online for $30.

Globally, athletes at all levels have to be cautious of the medications and substances they are using during competitions.

Marijuana and cannabinoids are prohibited unless they have an approved Therapeutic Use Exemption, according to the United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) 

But in 2018 the USADA removed CBD from their list of banned substances, as it is not psychoactive.

“I feel comfortable saying I use CBD because it’s just like I don’t really consider it to be weed,” Kelley said. “I guess it’s a part of weed, I think it definitely helps and you don’t get high from it so I don’t feel uncomfortable talking about it.”

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How CBD is becoming big business

Partygoers pile CBD-infused food on their plates at a New York college house party.

Ari Boyce began using CBD lotion to help treat the pain she experiences because of the titanium rod and eight screws she had inserted in her leg after she broke it last year.

The freshman member of the SU cheer team said that she has noticed a lot of her teammates and athletic peers also using CBD products for pain and discomfort.

“I was super skeptical about taking it because everyone’s like ‘it’s a placebo effect’ and ‘it doesn’t actually work’ and I was one of those people but I was so desperate that I was like I’ll just try whatever,” she said.