Trouble Sleeping? Here's How CBD Can Help
In an ideal world, we would all get 8 hours of sleep each night, and wake up feeling energized and ready to take on the day. But sadly, for many of us, that’s not the case.
In fact, 33% of US adults report that they get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Whether it’s due to stress, too much caffeine, or the medication you’re taking, there are many reasons why you may be tossing and turning at night.
The good news is that cannabidiol (CBD) is scientifically-proven to treat the symptoms of insomnia. As one of the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, CBD helps relax the mind and body.
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD isn’t psychoactive so it doesn’t stimulate a “high” sensation. It’s become a popular ingredient in many mainstream products: bath bombs, gummies, beverages, and even pet care!
Here’s how it works: once CBD enters the body it stimulates receptors in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). These receptors are in the brain, affecting the way you think and feel; and in your immune system, affecting pain and inflammation.
CBD sends a signal to the body produce more of its own cannabinoids (yes, the human body naturally produces it!)
Research on CBD and Sleep
One of the most common reasons people don’t get enough sleep is anxiety. Studies show CBD can be an effective treatment for calming the mind.
According to one study of patients who had anxiety and trouble sleeping, they reported less anxiety and better sleep after taking CBD capsules. After 30 days, 79.2% of the patients had lower levels of anxiety and 66.7% had more restful sleep.
Pain relief is one of the most popular uses of CBD. In another study on the connection between pain and sleep, CBD proved to be beneficial. CBD’s ability to alleviate pain improved the quality of sleep among participants.
CBD also impacts the sleep/wake cycle. Researchers discovered that CBD helped people with REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) by improving symptoms. RBD involves physically acting out in your sleep (shouting, kicking, punching, etc.)
How to Take CBD
CBD can be taken orally, applied topically and inhaled. Specifically, these include oils, tinctures, vape concentrates, capsules and edibles.
To determine the correct dosage, you need to take several factors into consideration: your weight, individual body chemistry and sleeping habits. CBD can affect everyone differently and what is effective for some people, might not be effective for others.
As a general guideline, start with a low dose and work your way up. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that most people don’t see a difference right away. Research shows it takes up to a month to see results.
With numerous studies showing CBD’s benefits, it’s a no brainer. If you want to enjoy a good night’s sleep, start incorporating CBD into your nighttime routine. Bring on the Zzz’s with CBD!