CBD and Sleep

Posted by Kelly Wels Grenier on 8/27/2020
CBD and Sleep


Its common knowledge that sleep is important for the body, yet many neglect themselves the luxury of getting some shut-eye after a long day, whether it be because of modern inventions like phones and internet or because sleep just isn’t coming to them.

Well, this is where the multi-purpose CBD comes into play!

What is CBD?

CBD is cannabidiol, a substance that is similar in structure to the endocannabinoids found inside the body.

Although it is usually extracted from the hemp plant, studies dispel any possibility of CBD causing a ‘high’ as it does not contain nearly enough THC (the chemical compound in marijuana that causes a ‘high’). There is no CBD in the seeds of a hemp plant, but it's present pretty much everywhere else in the plant.

CBD has been around for quite some time, but has only recently started gaining traction in the beauty and health industries for its beneficial properties which range from soothing pain and helping people fall asleep to reducing anxiety/depression and possibly alleviating cancer symptoms!

 

How CBD Helps Someone Sleep

Among its multiple benefits, CBD is also very useful when you are encountering any difficulties with getting a good amount of sleep.

Your brain contains a network of chemicals and neurons, which help you be, well, you! It helps regulate your body temperature, sleep pattern and thought process. The complexity of this efficient design has scientists still scattering about trying to crack the secrets and codes held inside their own minds.

But, like any organ, the brain, too, can get ill. Depending on the exact situation it could cause many different difficulties including anxiety, depression, insomnia and many other problems.

How does CBD help here? Well to answer that we are going to have to discuss things a in a bit more detail.

Your brain works sort of like a circuit, with electrical impulses being sent from input to output. Now replace input with any outside stimulus and output with receptors. One of the chemicals in your brain is serotonin which, when low, will lead to conditions such as depression and insomnia or lower intensity sleeping problems.

Not only does CBD help activate the receptors specifically designed to receive serotonin and enhance the chemical pathways in your brain which directly influence sleep patterns, it also indirectly increases serotonin levels by reducing the breakdown of a substance called tryptophan, which is used to form serotonin.

On top of all that, it is shown to significantly reduce symptoms of RBD – REM sleep behavior disorder, which causes movement while in sleep and could potentially be dangerous because you aren’t aware of your actions. No more waking up after falling off your bed and hitting your head on the floor!

What is the difference between normal sleeping pills and medications and CBD? Glad you asked!

Like in all other medications, whether they are a prescription medication or an over the counter drug, sleeping pills and such have some side effects, ranging from splitting headaches to making you sleepy in the daytime as well when you should be up and active.

Meanwhile CBD is easy to obtain with its new found legality and proven safe. It does not ruin your sleep schedule by causing drowsiness all day since it only influences the sleep-wake cycle, leaving you able to be active and fresh during the day!

 

Other Sleep-Related Benefits of CBD

Have you ever decided to tuck in early for the night planning to pass out as soon as your head hits the pillow, but then you realize the soreness and aching all over your body makes that task impossible? No? Consider yourself lucky then.

Many people fight a constant war with their pain, one that leaves only to come back again and again. This type of pain is called chronic pain and, like any other type of ache, prevents a person from getting the needed amount of rest.

Obviously, there are many different medications to choose from to try and help your side win, but many of those are have serious side effects and are addictive, causing the brain to not be able to function properly without the substance if it was used often.

Once again CBD comes to the rescue with its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities! What CBD does to reduce pain is reduce the intensity of the pain pathways in your brain. In other words, it desensitizes the pain.

 

How to Figure Out the Right Dosage

Although CBD has been deemed safe, it is still better to start off slow when determining the most efficient dosage for you.

Some people feel the effect of CBD within the hour, while others start feeling it weeks after. Patience is key. If it takes weeks for any effect to show up, you should probably up your dosage.

Another way to pick the right amount is to note down how your sleeping is affected after trying specific doses. You could track things like how long it took to fall asleep, how you felt after waking up, how many times you woke up in the middle of the night and how long you managed to sleep.

Make sure you have first consulted your doctor and are not in any risk of having allergic reactions and such before you begin testing.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best ways to ingest CBD?

This depends on which you deem is better, there are many ways, some of which are:

-          As a capsule/tablet, if you know the exact dosage

-          As a spray or tincture for quick relief

-          As a topical or cream for localized pain

Does CBD show on a drug test?

Unless you try taking in about a thousand milligrams per day, CBD will most likely not show up on any drug tests however if you are subject to random drug testing consult with your employer about taking CBD first.

Will CBD make you high?

No, it cannot. CBD is 100% non-psychoactive

Is CBD addictive?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse make it clear that CBD is not addictive, as it does not cause any type of ‘high’ and patients do not feel any withdrawal symptoms once they stop using it.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4033942/

 

https://www.med.upenn.edu/cbti/assets/user-content/documents/Chagas_et_al-2014-Journal_of_Clinical_Pharmacy_and_Therapeutics.pdf


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