CBD Oil for Sleep
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has recently become popular in health circles for a lot of reasons. Although we do not know as much as we wished we knew, there is a lot less mystery now. Firstly, we know that it is a derivative of the marijuana or hemp plants. We also know that it is not intoxicating because it contains just under 0.2% THC, the main intoxicating component of the hemp plants.
CBD, along with over a hundred other compounds extracted from the hemp or cannabis plant have been shown to possess an excellent ability to provide therapeutic benefits to users. Although CBD products exist as breathables, topicals, edibles and tinctures, CBD oil is one of the most commonly available form of CBD in the market.
Many people have wondered if CBD can help them deal with stress and insomnia so that they can sleep better. CBD does an excellent job of interacting with the endocannabinoid system, or ECS so that your body can maintain a state of equilibrium, known as homeostasis. This productive work done by CBD oil is essential, but to see if it helps with insomnia, we must understand what poor sleep or wakefulness is and how CBD could potentially work to deal with it.
What is Insomnia or Poor Sleep?
According to WebMD, Insomnia is “a sleep disorder characterized by an inability to fall or stay asleep.” Insomnia can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long term), depending on how long you deal with it. It can also be primary, meaning there are no other health conditions or problems linked to your lack of sleep, or secondary, meaning health conditions like pain, heartburn or depression are relevant to your lack of sleep. Insomnia is common among adults. Statistics has shown that about 16 million adults in the UK suffer from sleepless nights with over 31% of this number having insomnia. When you find it difficult to sleep through the night but feel sleepiness or drowsiness during the day, or fatigue, you may be dealing with insomnia.
There are many ways to deal with insomnia, and some may involve behavioral therapy. All methods used to deal with insomnia are dependent on the type of insomnia you have, and how often it occurs. Sometimes you may not require treatment to deal with insomnia, and you may need a lifestyle change to handle it. Other times, you may need some therapy to deal with the problem.
You can prevent insomnia by exercising regularly, reducing your caffeine intake, trying to avoid naps during the day, and getting a more planned life that will make you feel more relaxed when you go to bed at night.
What Causes Poor Sleep?
Many things can cause poor sleep or insomnia. They include:
- Intake of stimulants: Many people take lots of stimulants like caffeine to keep them active during the day. Taking stimulants could turn out to be a big mistake when done in excess, especially when done late in the day, some hours before you try to sleep. Caffeine may be addicting thus predisposing our bodies to several forms of imbalances.
- Mental health conditions: Mental health disorders have become a big deal today. According to the World Health Organization, about one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. These mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other sleeping problems can make sleeping a challenge.
- Physical conditions: Physical conditions like chronic pains in different areas of the body can make it difficult for a person to fall asleep.
- Medications: Some drugs interfere with your sleep-wake cycle. These drugs make you sleepy and tired during the day but make it almost impossible to sleep at night.
- Environmental factors: Your environment can play a significant role in determining how well you sleep. An uncomfortable bed, loud noises around you, and other disturbances can steal your sleep away.
How does CBD oil Work?
CBD oil and their interaction with the body are essential in understanding how they can help deal with sleeplessness. To know how CBD oils interact with the body, first, we must understand the role of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in the body.
In the early 1990s, a scientist by the name Dr. Lumir Hanus discovered the Endocannabinoid system in the body when he was researching how the THC compound reacts with the internal operation of our bodies. This discovery was a landmark discovery for Dr. Hanus, who is a leading authority in the field of cannabis research. It showed that the effect the body provides is similar to that of the hundreds of compounds found in the marijuana plant.
The ECS works as a homeostatic regulator, meaning it works to keep the balance or equilibrium in your body, even with changes in the external environment. By doing this, it plays a very vital role in almost all the physiological systems found in the body.
Dr. Hanus’ research also shows that the ECS can create the needed cannabinoids in the body by itself. The ECS has two receptors, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptors reside in the brain and the Central Nervous System. On the other hand, the CB2 receptors reside in the body’s immune system.
After ingesting CBD oil in the body, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system to produce its various potential therapeutic benefits. Although is has been confirmed that CBD can interact with CB2 receptors while modulating the activity of the CB1 receptors, the mode of activity is still under research.
Once CBD interacts with these receptors, it can trigger the release of hormones, neurotransmitters and other chemicals that can play active roles in modulating cognitive activities.
What does Research Say About CBD and Sleep?
There is an increased interest in the use of CBD as sleep aids. In some cases, these products are combined melatonin (the sleep hormone) to promote a healthy sleep.
Although many unknowns surround the relationship between CBD and sleep, there have been some interesting points. For instance, research has shown that CBD helps deal with some of the causes of insomnia, like anxiety and sleep apnea. A recent study done in 2019 on 72 subjects suggested that CBD can improve sleep and help deal with stress after administering 25 mg of CBD. During this research, about 47 people out of the 72 had issues with anxiety, while 25 people had problems with sleep.
The results? After the first month, about 80% of the people with anxiety issues had lower anxiety levels, while about 67% of people with poor sleep had a better sleep.
There is still a lot to be done before we can know for sure that CBD oil is the best for dealing with sleeplessness and all the conditions related to it. However, we know that it helps a lot, and it doesn’t have destructive side effects.
A review conducted on the use of cannabidiol for sleep related conditions suggests how CBD may have a therapeutic potential in the treatment of insomnia. The findings of the research explained how Delta-9 THC may increase sleep latency and also impair sleep quality. This is why broad-spectrum CBD oils are the best for sleep-related cases.
Some researchers are also confident in how CBD may hold a great promise for REM sleep behavior disorder and excessive daytime sleepiness. CBD achieves this by taking care of anxiety, and chronic pain that may reduce sleep quality.
Why Kana Wonders?
CBD oil might not be the single, one-size-fits-all remedy to all your problems, but it is an excellent solution, as we have come to see with more research. Its interaction with the endocannabinoid receptors expressed in the central nervous system, peripheral organs and the immune system has shown a great promise in dealing with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other sleep-related problems.
At Kana Wonders, we understand how delicate the human body can be, that is why we pay attention to the formulation of highly researched CBD products. Our collection of broad-spectrum CBD products for sleep – “The goodnight fairytale”, includes one of the most potent plant-based ingredients available, which help to promote sleep, reduce daytime sleepiness, and above all, does not make consumers high since it contains less than 0.2% THC.
Please note that, although CBD products produces little to no adverse side effects, seeking medical advice before using any hemp products is important.