CBD for Sleep: Can CBD Oil Give You a Better Night's Rest?
Has it been a long day's night - every night? You are not alone as one in four Americans suffer from insomnia.
Not getting enough rest is not only unhealthy but lowers our productivity to the tune of $63 billion in losses to the American economy each year.
The sleep aid industry is valued at over $4 billion as of 2019 with sleep medication and therapy representing most of the money being spent on a better night's sleep.
Pharmaceutical medications can be addictive and 30% of overdoses are contributed to prescription medication used to treat insomnia.
CBD for sleep is a safe and natural alternative that is gaining in popularity due to its highly effective nature with no known adverse side effects
Wondering if these claims of CBD oil for sleep and relaxation are true?
How does CBD oil help us sleep and will it really help you finally get a good night's rest? Keep reading to find out.
Research on CBD for Sleep
Cannabidiol aka CBD is one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in cannabis. The other prominent cannabinoid is THC. CBD and THC are very different in the way they affect our bodies and minds.
Before we get into the research it is first important to realize that everybody's body and mind are different and have different reactions when chemicals are introduced into our system. For example, some marijuana users report that THC gives them energy while others say it makes them very sleepy. One user of cannabis may find the experience euphoric while still others get paranoid, anxious, or depressed.
The fact is that there is no magic pill for everyone for anything. What works for some might not work for others and this makes researching drugs more about determining if there are benefits and what risks for negative side effects there are. To best approach the subject of using CBD for insomnia it is important to understand what causes insomnia.
Causes of Insomnia
According to the sleep foundation, 35% of adults suffer from insomnia to one degree or another. There are various factors that affect our sleep and it can be difficult to narrow down which one(s) are causing the problem. There is a tendency in western medication to treat the symptoms of the problem and not so much the root cause of the problem.
The best way to approach curing your insomnia is to first understand what is causing you to lose sleep. In this way, you can start living in a way that promotes healthy sleep and CBD may be the medication that treats issues that otherwise you cannot control.
Common causes of insomnia are often combined to compound the problem. Here is a checklist of conditions and lifestyle choices that tend to aggravate the condition:
Stress of all kinds
Erratic sleep schedule
Mental disorders (depression, anxiety, etc)
Physical illnesses and injuries causing pain and discomfort
Medications to treat other conditions
Poor diet and exercise
Drinking caffeine and alcohol
Noisy environment or uncomfortable bed
More than likely your insomnia is the result of several of these factors. In order to truly begin to heal it is likely you will need to change your lifestyle and not just rely on medications to do the work for you. CBD oil can be a powerful tool in treating some of the root causes of insomnia but it is not a "magic pill" to take and forget about other health issues causing you to lose sleep.
What the Research Says
The medical benefits of cannabis have been documented in civilizations around the world for hundreds of years. Modern-day global prohibition against the use of cannabis limits the study of the plant and its potential medical benefits. However, CBD is non-psychoactive and now legal to study, for the most part.
Slowly the world is changing and accepting that CBD has definite medical benefits and its differences with THC more understood. CBD and THC both interact with our endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system's primary job is to balance and stabilize our overall well-being. This is, of course, an important job and science don't fully understand how it works.
We know that CBD and other cannabinoids attach themselves to receptors in the brain. This coating of certain receptors influences mood, pain, and other biological functions.
Improves and Lengthens Deep Sleep States
Good sleep is not only about how long you sleep but also how well you sleep (quality of the sleep). A full 8 hours of restless in and out sleep can be less effective in revitalizing your body and mind than 2 hours of continuous deep sleep.
A study in 2014, found that CBD improved rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in Parkinson's disease patients. Lack of REM sleep is known as REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD). More studies are needed but the initial study suggests that CBD substantially reduced nightmares and insomnia in patients suffering from RBD.
When the body is suffering and the mind is full of pain, it makes it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. The body needs rest to heal so not sleeping deeply compounds the problem. Like sleeping pills, prescription pain pills are addictive and dangerous to our health.
The chemical component of cannabis CBD works as an analgesic much in the same way as opioids by activating receptors in the body and brain. Scientists have long believed that cannabinoids work well as pain killers by acting on the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the immune system.
However, new research suggests that cannabinoids act on multiple targets in the body's pain paths simultaneously. We know now that CBD reduces pain much more efficiently than previously thought by interacting with the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR55) and the opioid/serotonin receptors (5-HT).
The best part of taking CBD for pain, insomnia, or a growing number of conditions that CBD has been found to be an effective treatment for, is that CBD has almost no negative side effects reported from those that consume it.
According to a 2020 article in Medical News Today, anxiety disorders are one of the most common psychiatric conditions. An estimated 19.1% of adults in the United States suffer from an anxiety disorder. Feelings of anxiety are a major root cause of insomnia so it stands to reason reducing anxiety will help with sleep problems.
A published study in 2015 explains how CBD is a potential treatment for anxiety disorders. Researchers believe this is largely due to how CBD interacts with the CB1R receptors and serotonin receptors to stimulate hormones that give you a relaxed and calm mood. The authors of the study found that CBD is an effective treatment for various types of common anxiety including:
Panic Disorder (PD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
If you suffer from any of the above anxiety disorders we don't have to tell you that trouble sleeping is a common symptom of the illness. CBD may be an effective way to relieve your anxiety and get better sleep at the same time.
How to Ingest CBD for Sleep
There are several ways of ingesting CBD. Much of this decision is a matter of personal preference, but how you consume CBD can have a direct effect on the potency, how quickly you feel the effects and the length in which the effects last. CBD is generally consumed one of these ways:
Digesting pills, capsules, oils, tinctures, or other edibles
Let us take a closer look at each one of these methods to determine which way might work best to help us sleep.
Just like marijuana and marijuana concentrates, CBD oil can be smoked. An oil smoking "pipe" and a lighter will do nicely for this. Smoking CBD is an extremely quick way to get the substance in your bloodstream and to your brain. The effects are felt within minutes and they tend to last one to three hours.
Fair warning: smoking CBD oil is rather harsh and can certainly aggravate the lungs, causing coughing fits and even heartburn. Smoking CBD carriers the danger of health risks associated with smoking anything.
The fastest and most efficient way of getting CBD into your system is by vaping. A vaporizer works by vaporizing the oil at high temps with a heating element usually within the chamber of a vaporizer.
Although the jury is still out on whether or not vaping is considerably less damaging to our health than smoking, there is compelling evidence of this.
Like smoking, the effects of vaping CBD are felt almost immediately. Vaping the same oil may have an even stronger immediate effect on the body. The problem with smoking and vaping is the effects wear off rather quickly when ingested through the lungs.
If you are consuming CBD for a restful night's sleep the effects wearing off well before eight hours might not be long enough.
Eating or drinking CBD is a completely different process of getting the chemical in your bloodstream. Ingesting CBD brings the chemical to your bloodstream through absorption by the intestinal walls and through the liver. Simply put, it takes longer to feel the effects and they can still be felt for days after consuming the edible.
The trick to edibles is finding the right dosage. Since the effects are not felt immediately, it can be tempting to digest more before the first has had time to do its job. If you're not careful you might find yourself feeling too groggy, unmotivated, or oversleeping.
It is pertinent to mention that the toxicity of CBD is extremely low. So low in fact, that it is virtually impossible to digest enough CBD to overdose and there is never been a documented cannabis overdose even with potent concentrates. For more information on vaping vs edibles please refer to this article.
Is CBD a Legal and Safe Sleep Aid?
Is CBD legal? The short answer is yes, but not in all cases. Most states have legalized CBD for both medical and recreational use, but legalization at the federal level is a little more complicated. Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) remains a schedule 1 substance that categorizes the plant as having no known medical benefits and a high risk of abuse.
CBD can be derived from marijuana or the same plant with low quantities of THC called hemp. Up until the 2018 Farm Bill, the federal government made no distinction between marijuana and hemp. The Farm Bill reclassified the hemp plant as an agricultural plant opening the door for CBD to be extracted and sold legally at the federal level.
Although there is no difference in the final product, Marijuana-derived CBD remains illegal at the federal level, while hemp-derived CBD is 100% legal to sell, buy, and consume in the United States at the federal level (NOT in some states). As our name suggests, Nothing But Hemp sells products made with hemp-derived CBD making them legal to sell and buy almost anywhere in the USA.
Is CBD as a sleep aid dangerous to our health? The short answer is no, but not in all cases. As we mentioned before, CBD has very little to no negative side effects for the majority of people. However, mild negative side effects could include:
Changes in weight
Changes in appetite
CBD can react with or undermine the effectiveness of other medications. CBD may aggravate other conditions. It is recommended to consult your physician before taking any supplement or medication, including CBD.
Disclaimer: Currently, as of November 2020, CBD is not approved by the FDA for any use. Therefore the quality, safety, and effectiveness of CBD products remain unendorsed by the government.
Feel Fresh in the Morning
Yes, CBD oil can be an effective treatment for your insomnia. Using CBD for sleep is a safer and healthier alternative to sleeping pills. Although scientific research on the benefits of CBD as a sleep aid is still ongoing, early signs are positively pointing towards more and better sleep with the help of CBD oils and edibles.
We, at Nothing But Hemp, strongly believe in the power of CBD to positively impact the quality of your life. You don't have to take our word for it. Don't miss a moment more sleep thinking about it and give our CBD Sleep Tincture a try today.