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Can CBD Help You Get a Good Night's Sleep?
Unless you are very lucky, at one time or another, life cause us to have issues sleeping. Sometime, no matter how hard you try to fall asleep, you just toss and turn. Not getting a good night’s sleep happens to all of us at one time or another. Regardless of the reason, it is a problem when you do not get a good night’s sleep.
Lack of sleep may result in several issues. Lack of sleep can make you irritable, affect your memory and even you overall health. There is no doubt that lack of sleep leads to accidents and over time may even cause health problems such as heart disease and strokes. Sleep is important to our well-being as it helps us in several different areas. When we sleep, our bodies regenerate which leads to a better mood, sharper brain, a healthier heart, better weight control, and many other areas. So, with these concerns, as well as others you should take your lack of sleep or insomnia seriously.
Several factors affect the quality of your sleep. Some of the most common reasons for not sleeping well are anxiety, stress, depression, certain health conditions, medications, sleep apnea and many, many more. There are many remedies for sleep disorders, the key is finding the best remedy for you.
Sure, there are numerous treatments for insomnia from over-the-counter to prescription medications. The drawback to most of these treatments, is they can leave you sleepy in the morning. Some sleep treatments have terrible side effects and are addicting. Most people agree, a natural product is a good, if not better, alternative to medications.
Can CBD Help with Sleep?
For centuries, people used herbal remedies for many different conditions and inducing sleep was one such remedy. Today, people are looking for alternatives to medicines having side effects and potential addictions. It is possible that CBD, or cannabidiol, might be that alternative herbal remedy.
In 2019, a study was done in a Colorado clinic to determine whether CBD helps improve sleep and/or anxiety. Though the sample size was small, 72 adults, the conclusion was CBD may hold promise for anxiety related issues and was well tolerated. Anxiety is one of the causes of sleep deprivation so this study is promising.
In 2017 researchers from Palo Alto, California summarized the research done regarding sleep and CBD. Their findings suggest that CBD may have “therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia.” Additional stating, research is in its infancy and additional research is needed.
In the 1990’s, researchers discovered mammals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system plays a pivotal role in our bodily functions such as mood, sleep, appetite, and homeostasis (the balancing process within our bodies). The ECS is a network of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) working throughout our bodies. Cannabinoids attach to these receptors causing a variety of effects. In other words, research suggests that CBD might interact with these receptors to assist with sleep and anxiety.
Studies suggest CBD can assist you in getting a better night’s sleep, shortening the time it takes to fall asleep, and even limit interruptions during your sleep. CBD is potentially helpful in lessening pain, anxiety as well as some other health concerns. Additional studies are taking place all the time to determine specific information.
Cannabinoids and CBD
Cannabinoids are a group of substances found in the cannabis plant. The main cannabinoids are THC and CBD, though many others have been identified. THC is the substance found in marijuana and what gives you a euphoric feeling or a “high.” CBD contain very little, to no THC, and by law (2018 US Farm Bill) must have less than 0.3% of THC.
CBD is produced from the hemp plant which contains little to no THC, so it will not get you high. On a federal level, hemp derived CBD, with less than 0.3% THC, is legal. Every state has different regulations so check with your state to determine their specific regulations.
CBD Side Effects
Until 2018, CBD was considered a Schedule I drug and therefore not much research was conducted. With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the research of CBD increased. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a prescription drug Epidiolex to treat two rare types of epilepsy. Studies are on-going regarding CBD as a potential treatment to multiple sclerosis, anxiety, PTSD, diabetes, schizophrenia, and Parkinson’s disease. Until the results of these studies are known, the full effects of CBD are mostly by word of mouth from those individuals using CBD.
What research has shown is CBD, though generally well-tolerated, may have some side effects. These side-effects are most commonly dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue. The largest concern from using CBD is its interaction with other medications, pregnancy, and nursing. When starting any new product, please speak with your physician regarding any concerns.
Types of CBD
Several different forms exist for you to take CBD from oils, edibles, topicals, bath bombs and capsules. This is good news since this permits you to choose the type of product which works best for you. When discussing sleep, a good choice for using CBD is in the form of either: oils and tinctures, capsules and pills, or edibles.
Oils and Tinctures: a liquid form which infuses CBD with an oil. The difference between an oil and a tincture is generally oils have a higher concentration of CBD whereas, tinctures have a more pleasant taste due to added ingredients. Usually, these terms are combined to mean the same thing though there are slight differences.
A dropper is used to dispense the oil; placing the contents under your tongue and holding it for about 30 seconds before swallowing. Oils and Tinctures work quickly and are a good option if you do not like to take pills or capsules.
Capsules and Pills: like any other pill or capsule, these are easy to take. Pills and capsules take some time to work, just like any other pill or capsule since they are metabolized by your individual body.
Edibles: these are items you eat; meaning anything from gummies, tea, coffee, and honey sticks. The most popular edible is a CBD gummy. These are tasty, easy to use and go with you easily.
First, Look for Quality.
It is extremely important to be certain the CBD you use is a quality product. Here are a few items to look for when looking for quality CBD:
- Make sure third-party laboratory testing was done to ensure the contents and quality of the CBD.
- The results of this laboratory test, a Certificate of Analysis (COA), must be available either on the product’s website and or on the product itself
- The CBD must be grown in the United States since agricultural regulations exist which control the quality.
- Contact the company to see if they can answer your concerns. Avoid any high-pressure sales tactics.
- Avoid products claiming to cure a specific disease or everything. The Food and Drug administration (FDA) does not allow unsubstantiated health claims.
- Most CBD products on Amazon do not contain CBD since Amazon’s guidelines prohibit selling cannabidiol; the products might contain hemp seed extract.
- Do some research yourself.
What else to think about?
We are all different and therefore, your individual results will be different. For most individuals, CBD takes time to work; therefore, do not expect instantaneous results. Start with a small dose and slowly work your way up to a dose that works for you. Many items affect how your body reacts to CBD: your weight, your individual body chemistry, the reason you are taking CBD, and the desired effect. Be patient and read the labels on any products before deciding where to start.