CBD for Insomnia
As the old adage goes, “Nothing beats good night’s rest.” Unfortunately, some of us are not able to enjoy that luxury due to sleeping disorders such as insomnia. So what can those of us dealing with sleeping disorders do to get a good night’s rest? Sleeping pills, drinking, smoking a joint? Those all may help but do come with their own side effects. If you’re looking for a different alternative, Cannabidiol (CBD) may be the perfect option. While CBD does not work as a sedative like its psychoactive counterpart THC, many that use CBD for insomnia notice that its calming and stress-relieving properties allow them to relax and enjoy a full night’s rest.
CBD and Our Sleep-Wake Cycle
In addition to the positive feedback from those that use CBD for their insomnia, recent research indicates that CBD may indeed help provide relief from insomnia and other sleeping disorders. In a 2006 study, researchers administered CBD to rats in order to understand how CBD affected their sleep-wake cycle. What they discovered is that during the tests daylight hours, the rats become more alert; however at night, the alertness did not affect their sleeping pattern. This shows us that CBD may provide users with a more balanced sleep-wake cycle by preventing daytime sleepiness to ensure our body and mind can properly rest at night.
How CBD Combats the Root Causes of Insomnia
To better support this theory, it is important to understand CBD’s relationship with our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a group of receptors throughout our nervous system that regulates many different functions in our body such as our stress/anxiety response, our body temperature and our mood levels. When CBD interacts with our ECS it helps improve how our body regulates these functions to provide balance throughout the body.
That being said, CBD is not alleviating insomnia by sedating the body, but rather by combatting the causes of insomnia (anxiety, stress, chemical imbalance) to provide calmness and balance. This allows the user to enjoy a good night’s rest and follow a natural sleep-wake cycle.
If you or a loved one suffers from insomnia or another sleeping disorder, we highly recommend giving CBD a try. It may just be the best thing you could do for yourself!
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