Date on Honors Thesis

Fall 11-13-2020



Examining Committee Member

Jessica Naber, PhD, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Nancy Armstrong, PhD, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Tonia Mailow, PhD, Committee Member


Chronic pain is a common debilitating condition in the United States. The treatment of chronic pain is complex and can sometimes lead to addiction of opioid medications. However, there is another, more natural option in the treatment of chronic pain—the use of CBD, cannabidiol which is a phytocannabinoid from hemp and marijuana, for the treatment and management of chronic pain. While CBD is labeled a schedule I drug by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, there is evidence that CBD can make an impact on the severity of pain, the amount of opioids in use, and the overall quality of life of the patient. Through the education on the use of CBD in the treatment and management of pain, there will be more knowledge about the effectiveness of CBD as an alternative option in the treatment of chronic pain. This study focuses on the effects of an educational session about CBD on the treatment and management on the knowledge of college students. The hypothesis being tested is that knowledge about using CBD for treatment and management of chronic pain will be increased following the educational session. A pre-test and post-test method of evaluation was used in the study. With a sample of 23 participants, the results indicated that there was a statistically significant increase from the scores of the pre-test compared to the post-test potentially due to the educational session.