Do You Toss And Turn At Night, Finding Sleep To Be Evasive And Just Out Of Reach?
If you’re like me, I think you’ll agree with me when I say that lack of sleep really interrupts your life. You can become cranky and irritable, snapping at friends and colleagues while your body is screaming for rest. Maybe you’ve gone down the laundry list of “fixes” — meditation, yoga, alcohol, exercise, an electronics detox before bed, you know the drill— but nothing seems to be working. It can be frustrating beyond measure.
In today’s post, we’re going to look at how CBD impacts your sleep. We’ll examine the top five ways that CBD may fit into your sleep routine. What’s the most common way for consumers to get sleep relief? We’ll get to that in a minute. First, here is a list of the most popular tinctures for sleep assistance.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound found in the cannabis and hemp plants. CBD is one of over 100+ cannabinoids that are responsible for the therapeutic properties found in cannabis and hemp. CBD is widely known for its healing components and is used to treat a variety of conditions. It is generally accepted that CBD works best in conjunction with other cannabinoids and terpenes found in these plants. This potent combination — the entourage effect — is what makes the healing properties so exciting.
So what does that mean for sleep?
In order to solve the insomnia question, it’s helpful to know why you can’t sleep. An overactive mind and chronic pain can both be reasons for a restless night, but they will call for different treatments.
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If you’re like the many Americans who are unsure what is keeping them up at night, you’re in good company. CBD may still be able to help.
How does CBD work?
CBD binds to receptors in your body. Yes, the body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system, discovered as recently as 1990, is responsible for regulating the body’s other systems. The ECS creates and promotes homeostasis in the body, ensuring that you are in a state of balance and harmony. Sounds important? That’s because it is.
1. CBD and Chronic Pain
In Colorado, chronic pain is by far the number one qualifying condition for a medical marijuana card. Chronic main manifests in several different ways. A broken ankle that never fully recovered, arthritis, migraines, and so on — all of these reasons may contribute to pain in the body and be keeping you up at night. CBD is diverse, complex, and incredibly efficient. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, so it will find the pain, decrease inflammation, and provide relief.
2. CBD and anxiety
Anxiety and stress now seem to be incredibly prevalent in mainstream society. These common insomnia culprits are known to keep you tossing and turning at night. A study demonstrated that CBD reduced stress in people prior to public speaking. CBD has also been shown to be an effective treatment in treating generalized anxiety. CBD acts on the serotonin receptors in the brains of animals. Increasingly, promising studies are coming out regarding CBD and this major issue. Maybe it’s finally time to stop beating yourself up about your stress.
3. CBD and sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition in which someone’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts during the night, causing them to constantly wake up and go back to sleep. Marinol, a synthetic version of CBD, has been showing to improve sleep apnea in rats. In clinic trials of Sativex, another synthetic version of CBD and THC, has been shown to produce outcomes of good to very good sleep quality in 40% – 50% of subjects.
4. CBD and epilepsy
CBD has been documented as an effective treatment for epilepsy dating as far back as 1881. If you’re suffering from epilepsy, sleep may be an evasive concept for you. CBD was also found to reduce the frequency of convulsive seizures in patients with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
Ok, but what about sleep cycles?
5. CBD and insomnia
There’s data on this too. A 2006 study found that CBD may have an effect on the sleep mechanism of rats. Another study found that endocannabinoid signaling regulates sleep stability. Even further, CBD has been found to effectively treat anxiety and insomnia in a teenage girl suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
So what’s the most common way for consumers get sleep relief?
One of the most common ways that people consume CBD is through a tincture. Tinctures are placed under the tongue, held for a brief period, and then swallowed. Tinctures are easy to take, easy to store, and can come in different flavors, making them tasty to consume. There are many different tinctures on the market coming in different sizes and concentrations. They vary in how the CBD is grown, extracted, and tested. Let’s take a further look.
Further Reading: How Terpenes Can Enhance your CBD and Cannabis Experience
Don’t forget this…
Overall, it’s important to look for CBD products that are lab tested. These tinctures may only be as good as they are potent and its important to trust the companies that you’re purchasing from. When shopping for CBD for sleep, make sure to see if the products have been tested by an independent third party lab for purity and potency. Did you read the label? Does the ingredients list agree with you? If you’re a person with a lot of anxiety, you might need a higher dose of CBD to help with your sleep. Double check the label to make sure that the CBD content is clearly outlined. Some labels will not distinguish between hemp extract and CBD content (there is a difference) so it’s important to make sure you understand the products you are purchasing. You can learn more about each of these products in their individual reviews.