CBD is an active cannabinoid compound present in the hemp (marijuana) plant. CBD is the short form of Cannabidiol. It is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid compound that does not produce any kind of “high” or hallucination effects. Due to the potential health benefits and therapeutic uses, CBD is very much popular nowadays. People are using CBD in different forms such as CBD oil, capsules, tinctures, edibles, and CBD vaping. Many users of CBD are taking it for the treatment of many ailments and medical conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, arthritis, nausea, vomiting, and vulvodynia, etc.
Some independent research studies and anecdotal evidence have reported that CBD can help in getting a better night’s sleep. In this article, we will try to explain that how CBD can help in the treatment of insomnia (feeling difficulty in disease) and getting a better sleep.
· What the researchers say about the relation between CBD and Sleep?
To understand to role of CBD in the improvement of sleep, you must know about the causes of poor sleep first. Many things can cause you to sleep badly, like:
- Mental Health Disorders such as anxiety and PSTD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Physical Conditions
- Environmental factors
Now, we will discuss some researches which shows the role of CBD in the improvement of sleep.
A research study published back in 2019, studied the effect of CBD on sleep improvement and reduce anxiety. 72 subjects were studied in this study among which 47 were experiencing anxiety while the remaining were suffering from insomnia. The subjects were received 25 mg of CBD in capsule form daily. After one month, almost 80% of the subjects reported better sleep and fewer insomnia conditions.
Pain is another factor that can cause poor sleep. CBD has very strong pain-relieving properties that is why it can provide instant pain relief by interacting with the Endocannabinoid system of the body.
In another research study, the results have suggested that CBD can affect the sleep cycle. This research study was published back in 2014. So, in the light of the results of these researches, CBD may help in the treatment of the causes of sleepiness, excessive daytime sleepiness, and grogginess.
· How CBD works to improve sleep?
According to a research study, CBD help in getting better sleep by interacting with the Endocannabinoid receptors of the Endocannabinoid System in the body. There are two types of Endocannabinoid receptors in the body, CB1, and CB2. CB2 receptors are particularly responsible for the regulation of sleep patterns. CBD interacts with these receptors and produces endocannabinoids in the body. These endocannabinoids then bind on the surface of CB2 receptors and block their activity in sleep regulation. As a result of this blocking mechanism, the patient starts feeling improvement in sleep.
CBD also alleviates anxiety and stress by interacting with the Endocannabinoid receptors. Both Stress and Anxiety are one of the main causes of poor sleep and Insomnia. CBD does so, by increasing the concentration of “happy chemicals” in the body like anandamide and serotonin.
CBD also provides relief in chronic pain which is helpful in the improvement of sleep. CBD does so by interacting with the CB2 receptors of the Endocannabinoid System.
However, much more research is required in this regard because the above mention evidences are not enough to conclude that CBD is a medication for sleep improvement.
How to use CBD for Sleep?
There are many ways of using CBD for sleep such as:
- CBD Oil Vaping
- Capsules, pills, and tinctures
- CBD Edibles
- CBD Infused Gummies
Generally, CBD Oil Vaping is one of the modern methods of consuming CBD in which the CBD Vape Oil is converted into the vapors and then inhaled. The reaction time is very less in CBD Vaping but this method has many respiratory effects.
The second method is CBD Oil consumption. You can consume CBD Oil by sublingual method or topical method. In a sublingual way, you just have to place 4-5 drops of CBD oil under your tongue and it will automatically enter your bloodstream after some. You have to do nothing in this case. The reaction time of CBD Oil is very fast as well. In the second way, you can use CBD Oil topicals like lotions and creams which you can apply directly to your skin. CBD Oil topicals are particularly best for those people who don’t want to taste the CBD.
CBD Edibles can be mixed with foods are drinks for consumption. CBD Infused Gummies (Candies) is the best example of CBD Edibles. You can use CBD in capsule or pill form as well.
You can choose one of the above-given methods according to your desire and requirements.
We have discussed the use of CBD in sleep improvement in this article. CBD can help you in getting better sleep by interacting with the endocannabinoid system of the body. We have also discussed some methods which you can use to consume CBD. However, you must have to take an optimal dosage of CBD if you want to get maximum benefits. You can consult with your doctor or CBD expert for deciding your optimal CBD dose. If you want to start using CBD today, you should start it in a low dose (a few mgs). If you start feeling positive effects, you can increase the dose gradually.
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