Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main non-intoxicating cannabinoids that can be extracted from a cannabis plant. CBD and other cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system in our body and may assist with maintaining a state of stability and balance. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is psychoactive, CBD is non-psychoactive and does not make you feel "high".
To understand how CBD helps improve sleep, we have to understand what causes poor sleep. In this article, we focus on how CBD can help tackle the causes of poor sleep.
Before we dive in we need to understand what causes poor sleep in the first place:
- Stimulants such as Caffeine, when consumed in the late hours.
- Physical conditions like chronic pain caused by arthritis.
- Environmental factors like an uncomfortable bed or loud noise.
- Mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorders.
Research on the benefits of CBD is being conducted, but many scientists have seen solid evidence that CBD can have a positive impact on a person’s sleep cycle. It is clear that there is still a lot more to be discovered when it comes to CBD and getting a restful night’s sleep, but here are some of the key ways that CBD can help you calm your mind and help lull you to bed.
Relieves Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are mental disorders that can have devastating impacts on a person’s health and general well being. The world health organization ranks anxiety and depression as great contributors to many other disabilities. Being depressed begins with general stress before eventually graduating to what we commonly refer to as “depression”.
Once you are under the hold of depression or feeling anxious, it is difficult to gain restful sleep. Dealing with stress or depression means dealing with your mood and state of mind. Pharmaceutical drugs can be used but unfortunately, they often lead to more problems, potential addiction and serious side effects.
CBD has been proven to work in place of pharmaceutical drugs in many facets including helping the body and mind feel more rested and relaxed. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system to provide a feeling of calm that makes it a perfect option for relaxing, unwinding and having a sound sleep.
Relieves Chronic Pain
It is extremely difficult to gain sleep once you are in pain. Pain comes as a result of injuries, infections or inflammation like arthritis. Research has credited CBD with the ability to assist with treating some types of chronic pain and inflammation. CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors to disseminate the pain-relieving properties. Similarly, when applied to the skin, CBD penetrates to interact with cannabinoid receptors underneath the skin to help relieve pain. CBD certainly has shown that it has the ability to relieve chronic pain which has led to its prescription for patients suffering from chronic conditions, even those associated with something as severe as cancer.
How to Use CBD for Sleep
There are several ways to use CBD to help you drift off to bed. The form of consumption you choose depends on the purpose and how fast you want to feel the effects. Some like sublingual and vaping have near instant effects while others like topicals may take a little while before the effects can set in. In terms of dosage, it depends on a lot of factors. Bodyweight is the greatest consideration before others like body chemistry can follow. As always check with your health care practitioner and make sure CBD is a safe alternative for you to reach your sleep goals. Always conduct research on a company you wish to buy your products from. Choose a trustworthy brand that provides, pure, non-GMO products that are packaged in Miron Glass to help extend their shelf life and make sure the products are third party lab tested to insure that you are only putting the best into your body. Sleep well.
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