Like Weed, But Not Really: CBD in College

CBD, a buzzword that’s plastered on just about everything at the grocery store nowadays. We all know it’s “like weed but not really”. What are the practical applications and what can it do for you? Let’s talk about it.

CBD has grown in popularity by a huge amount in recent years. One survey found that 33% of respondents had tried CBD products and of those respondents, 22% had used CBD to replace prescription or over-the-counter drugs. If you wanna see where we got this info, it’s here.

We think that CBD can have a positive impact on anyone from virtually any age group! With that in mind, we have created a comprehensive list of ways that CBD could be perfect for college students. And fun fact, BeSababa started out selling CBD, so we know a bit about the topic.

As a natural solution to pains, aches, anxiety, and other ailments, CBD may be the right choice for you. 

CBD for Stress

College is often seen as the best time of people’s lives (which in many ways it is) but it doesn’t come without stress. 

Even high school students are exposed to stress concerning college. Students worry about grades, standardized test scores, and extracurriculars in hopes of admission to the college of their dreams. 

Once there, the statistics don’t get much better, with 80% of college students reporting that they frequently feel high levels of stress. That number is impossible to overlook.

Incoming college freshmen have a rigorous curriculum to deal with on top of potential homesickness and concerns of making new friends in a whole new environment. 

As time goes on, courses only get more challenging. Stress is shown to have adverse effects on both physical and mental health. 34% of students report feeling depressed at college. 

Dealing with stress in healthy and productive ways is a matter of high importance for college students. As we mentioned before, getting enough sleep is one important factor (and one that college students tend to neglect). 

Another recommended way to manage stress is through exercise. Generally, college students should be sure that they’re paying attention to their needs and practicing self-care…but that’s easier said than done! 

Ultimately, take care of yourself no matter what you’re doing. Whether it’s studying, hanging out with friends, or taking a day to relax by yourself.

CBD For Sleep

College is fun, but it can be a majorly sleep-deprived time in our lives. Experts recommend adults get 7-8 hours of sleep per night, but that’s not super reasonable for a lot of students. We’ll prove it. 

One study found that on average college students only get around 6 hours per night. Even among the students who do get enough sleep, just 11% report sleeping well, and 40% report only feeling rested two nights out of the week. 

The effects of losing sleep can be detrimental to anyone, but a good night’s rest is especially important for college students. Sleep helps us to retain and consolidate information, and losing sleep can impair memory. This is an issue for any student — and it means more stress (more on that later). 

One way to improve this common issue is by working on a consistent sleep schedule.  Having a consistent sleep schedule has been shown to improve sleep quality and consistency.

But consistency is difficult in the world of a college student. With a constant growing pile of assignments and deadlines, the only consistent thing is more tasks appearing. We haven’t even mentioned having a social life. The point is that a consistent sleep schedule is beautiful in theory and impossible in practice. 

A suggestion by the Sleep Foundation recommends creating a pre-bed routine to help get yourself back on track. This may seem like a rosy and impossible idea at first, but it can actually be easy – just brushing your teeth and washing your face. 

It could also be as complex as you want to make it — maybe meditating on your own existence for 45 minutes while taking a bath in a room filled with the smell of sandalwood… and then brushing your teeth and washing your face.

Integrating CBD products is not a difficult way to amplify your nightly routine. Taking a bit of CBD oil or CBD gummies hand-in-hand with washing your face will only be an extra couple seconds. And that extra step will pay off.

CBD won’t just help with your routine. There’s evidence that it can improve your sleep quality, for those nights when college gets in the way of your sleep plans (and you really need those three hours to be the most restful you’ve ever had).

CBD for Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is a real and complicated part of many college students’ lives. Studies by the National Institute of Mental Health have found that around 9.1% of respondents reported experiencing social anxiety disorder in the last year. 

CBD is one way to mitigate the struggles of social anxiety by providing a calming and relaxing effect for many people. 

CBD oil for anxiety is popular, and there has been research done to show its efficacy in relaxing and calming people. A study done in 2010 found that CBD could help reduce anxiety for people experiencing social anxiety disorder. To read that study, click here.

It’s kind of like weed, but legal and accessible in most states. Also, it’s non-psychoactive, so you won’t feel the paranoia that a lot of people experience with cannabis. So, if you don’t like feeling high or weed isn’t your thing, try CBD. 

And obviously we do recognize that CBD is not nearly as popular as other substances to help soothe social anxiety or just socialize in general. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not a reasonable alternative for when other substances just don’t make sense. 

CBD for College athletes

College athletes are a huge part of many universities (numerically, and they’re usually just big people). This survey done in the 2017-2018 academic year by the NCAA estimated that almost 500,00 students are competing on over 19,000 teams.

The survey didn’t even include people who are just active and fit outside of being on a team. 

Strains, sprains, and other injuries are common for any active person and they are not always the easiest to deal with. Many times, they are not severe enough to warrant a doctor’s visit, but that doesn’t mean they are not frustrating and nagging. 

CBD balm and CBD oils are useful for this exact situation because they give you the option to help relieve pains and aches on your own.

Balms and oils are great for your normal recovery because they can give you slight relief from the soreness that comes with any good workout or activity. 

We think that how you recover is just as important (if not more important) as how you push your body. This means that showing care and love for yourself when you’re not pushing is crucial to feeling good overall. 

Buying CBD

Since CBD is a relatively new product that has exploded in popularity, there are a lot of companies out there who don’t make the product they advertise. 

Making sure to buy CBD from reputable companies is super important to help you avoid getting products that are lying about CBD levels, have metals or other dangerous contaminants in them, or are just a bad product overall.

Do your research and make sure that you are allowed to buy CBD in your state. Here’s a helpful link to stay up to date with CBD regulations across the US.

If you have any other questions, a great place to start is at Project CBD, they are a non-profit that revolves around news and media related to CBD, or hit us up and we’ll do our best to help you out.


CBD is a great product, and it has only become more popular in recent years. It seems like everywhere you look, CBD is relevant and topical. 

We like it for its simplicity, but we love it even more because it has a relevant place in the lives of college students who experience common and real issues. 

Make sure that when you buy CBD to buy reputable and high quality products. And of course, don’t do any illegal shit.

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