By: Scott Prisco
Wellness & Medical Cannabis Expert
From both my personal and professional experience CBD is no doubt the best natural sleep aid. Research also suggests that CBD may be very effective in promoting sound, restful sleep. Moreover, before I dive into how CBD may be able to help your insomnia, I would like to give you a little background information on what CBD is and how it works.
What Are CBD and Cannabinoids?
CBD is everywhere these days, and let’s face it, it’s here to stay! But what is CBD? CBD (cannabinol) is one of the many cannabinoids, or natural chemicals, in the Cannabis Sativa plant. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning it doesn’t alter your cognitive state, getting you “stoned” like THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
Furthermore, there are over 100 different cannabinoids in the Cannabis Sativa plant, each with its own benefits. CBD is currently one of the most well-known cannabinoids. Manufacturers can extract and isolate the CBD and other cannabinoid compounds from the Cannabis Sativa plant to create formulations, allowing clients to get the health benefits without the high!
How Do CBD and Cannabinoids Operate?
The body has what is called an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a network of cannabinoid receptors located throughout the central nervous system, brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, immune cells, and more. In each bodily system, the ECS performs different tasks but, all in all, the goal is homeostasis. Homeostasis is the state of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in external environments. The body is healthiest when in stable internal form.
The body creates its own natural cannabinoids that interact with the ECS cannabinoid receptors to regulate these important body functions, promoting homeostasis. Cannabinoids from the Cannabis Sativa plant, like CBD, act the same as the body’s natural cannabinoids. They attach to ECS receptors and, as a result, help promote internal balance and wellbeing.
How Does CBD And The Endocannabinoid System Work As A Natural Sleep Aid?
Research shows that CBD may interact with the cannabinoid receptors responsible for the sleep cycle and circadian rhythm, decreasing insomnia. Additionally, CBD may also decrease anxiety and pain, which according to the Mayo Clinic, are the number main causes of insomnia.
In a study published in the Permanente Journal, 72 adults with anxiety and poor sleep were given CBD in capsule form. At the beginning and one month into the study, participants completed an anxiety and sleep assessment. Subjects with sleep issues as their predominate ailment took the CBD capsule in the evening. subjects that marked anxiety as their predominant ailment, took the CBD capsule in the morning. After one month, 79% of the participants reported a decrease in anxiety. Furthermore, 66% of the participants reported an increase in sleep quality and quantity.
Moreover, a handful of other studies showed similar results. A 10-year-old girl with post-traumatic stress disorder and poor sleep, was given a dose of CBD in the morning for anxiety and before bed for insomnia. In conclusion, over the 5 month study her sleep time and quality increased gradually.
All in all, I defiantly recommend trying CBD if you are having issues falling and staying asleep. Dont just take it from me or the research, here’s what first hand CBD users have to say…