The use of CBD as a dietary supplement in the United States is rapidly increasing, but information about patient expectations, beliefs, attitudes, and self-efficacy is lacking. Knowledge about these factors is an important factor to improving public health. Health behavior theories provide framework within which to identify patient attitudes and beliefs, as well as to explain health related decisions. While these constructs are used widely in other populations, they have not yet been applied to users of CBD.
This cross-sectional study uses the Theory of Reasoned Action and the Social Cognitive Theory to identify the expectations, attitudes, and beliefs about CBD supplementation for anxiety, pain, and insomnia among existing users of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Findings from this research will provide context for the reasons people with chronic conditions turn to CBD for solutions, the expectations CAM users have when it comes to CBD, and the results CBD users are finding.
This 10-month research project began January 2019 and is expected to be completed late 2019. The total cost of the project is $48,000, which is funded by the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences and through generous individual donors.