Does CBD Oil Help with Sleep?

A Detailed Account of CBD Oil as Sleeping Aid

Letting your mind venture into the realms of imagination is something that is very popularly attributed to Cannabis products. However, have you ever wondered that the same plant also produces an extract that can be used to push your brain to sleep?

Sounds cool already, doesn’t it! This is not merely a guff but a proven scientific fact that CBD oil helps induce sleep without side effects. However, the dosage is needed to be monitored in this regard, and experts still hold a staunch opinion to consume it in the prescribed amounts as a supplement and not as medicine.

Derivatives from Cannabis

Fresh Cannabinoid Leaves Are Used to Make CBD
Fresh Cannabinoid Leaves Are Used to Make CBD

Of the two significant compounds derived from this mystery plant; Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), the latter is exceptionally consumer-friendly and medically beneficent.

It interacts with your endocannabinoid system, the cell-signalling system that holds you still while walking and standing, balancing your body and homeostasis. However, CBD is not reported as psychoactive.

It merely implies that it doesn’t mingle with your brain in a way to make you feel “high,” but since it has a soothing effect instead. Just to help you better understand its effects, we’d like to present the latest fact that medically, CBD is officially being used to lower seizure counts in people with epileptic tendencies or anxiety.

One of the critical prerequisites of falling asleep is for the muscles to be relaxed. CBD does that by binding itself to the endocannabinoid receptors of your body.

This also relaxes your cardiovascular system and promotes the production and binding of the natural endocannabinoids with the ECS receptors. In a way, it can also be regarded as the body healing itself. Sounds magical.

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Does CBD Make You Sleepy?

The notions of being lazy or “stoned” are, in fact, the side effects of Cannabis consumption.

But this is only attributed to THC.

CBD, on the other hand, functions quite differently. It merely relaxes our minds and bodies and helps it metabolize energy, just like we do ordinarily when asleep.

Hence it is also termed as “anxiolytic” since it reduces anxiety and stress levels. But the outcome of full-spectrum CBD oil is somewhat different from isolated CBD because full-spectrum CBD contains some amount of THC.

Scientists are quite confident that no sedation is produced by CBD oil, but it does regulate your body functions to help you fall asleep.

Broad-spectrum CBD involves traces of other organic materials such as terpenes that induce relaxation. the beneficial compounds in such type of CBD enhance CBD effects.

What is sleep and Why do some people have trouble with it?

woman laying down

Insomnia is simply sleeplessness. It is a medical condition and requires treatment but to be further enlightened in this regard, we first need to delve deeper into the causes of insomnia and draw a rough mental sketch of how sleeping works.

Experts have categorized the root causes of insomnia into two types: internal and external.

If the leading cause of your insomnia are internal factors, you may benefit significantly from CBD.

These internal factors include several medical and psychological conditions like Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, irregular sleep cycles, leg syndrome, and others. According to several types of research, CBD is being keenly studied as a potential cure to all of the above-mentioned diseases.

To say this in layman’s terms, CBD has this soothing yet non-psychoactive effect that lowers the pain and tension level in your brain and body while also generally regulating your eating cycle, hence helping you get some quality sleep.

CBD Regulating your Cortisol Levels

Science says that one of the essential things that keep people awake at night is their cortisol level.

Cortisol is a stress hormone that is at its peak in the morning but might have a different pattern in individuals suffering from sleep deprivation.

Such individuals may have a considerably high cortisol level in their bodies even at night, especially before going to bed, which keeps them all awake and alert throughout the night.

This ends up depriving them of all the necessary sleep at night and are left to go through the hustle of the next day without any night’s sleep.

When given a controlled and monitored dosage of CBD, roughly 300 to 600mg, such individuals could experience some deep hours of sleep, according to studies.

Moreover, studies also held that the test subjects felt undisturbed and at ease at night after the dosage, even before going to sleep.

Researchers account for this soothing action of CBD by classifying it as a mild natural sedative.

They also believe that it controls the release of cortisol in the human body to some extent. As mentioned above, the compound also proves to have healing tendencies in case of anxiety which is a leading cause of cortisol disturbance and lack of sleep.

CBD helps regulate your cortisol levels and helps you control the Serotonin and GABA receptors in the brain.

CBD dosage for insomnia and sleep deprivation stands ideally at 250 mg, according to sleep specialists.

Are There Any Risks with Long Term Usage?

CBD oils

You will need to be quite careful while consuming CBD products if you’re on medication for certain conditions.

It is advised to use CBD in carefully calculated dosages and to skip a few nights in between in order to avoid building up a tolerance. It should only be used to get a grip on your sleep so that you can focus on the root cause of your insomnia, be it anxiety, pain, or any other issue.

The main reason behind this immunity is that the body, once used to the dosages, again returns to its imbalanced hormonal ratio after a certain period and then you need a higher dosage to retain the same level of effects.

The longer the exposure, the more could be be the immunity and vice versa.

It is to be remembered to use CBD for supplementary purposes only and not rely on it completely. Experts say that further natural sleep facilitation can be ensured by having comfort foods before hitting the bed or avoiding coffee or anything high in caffeine content, for that matter.

Choosing an Effective Dosage

Some folks have reported fatigue after having CBD. When investigated, it was revealed that there was nothing wrong with the product itself; rather, it was the amount they were consuming.

It has been reported that no such side reactions occur after the consumption of CBD, provided it is consumed within safe and prescribed limits to avoid fatigue, nausea, and other such symptoms.

CBD stands well tolerated by the metabolism and hormonal system of most humans.

It can also be taken as a long-term sleep-inducing supplement within the range of 10 to 400 mg per day, depending on the individual’s BMI and unique body composition.

Dosages even as high as 1500 mg per day are reported as tolerable, but it is always best to start with a smaller concentration and dosage.

However, some objections are raised about CBD’s potential reaction with certain medicines (anti-depressants, heart medicines etc). Hence it is always advisable to get a professional’s opinion on using CBD if you’re on medication.

Finding the Best Format and Formulation

CBD tincture
Finding the best formulation of CBD is really important

Another point to ponder upon is the form in which you consume CBD.

As far as its effectiveness is concerned, it stands the highest when vaped.

This can be done by smoking CBD infused vape juices that are available in the market on prescription. But as with normal vaping concerns, this cannot be the first choice for many people, especially non-smokers.

The second best method is taking CBD sublingually, where you place the oil under your tongue for a minute before swallowing and it directly hits your liver from where it flows in your bloodstream.

In this regard, the best time to consume the oil is to have a few drops under your tongue half an hour before going to bed.

However, certain anomalies were also reported in some patients reporting that they did not like the oil’s aftertaste.

For them, the preferable method is to munch on some CBD-infused gummy bears or chocolates, which have all the benefits (that although exert effects slowly), and none of the taste problems.

As far as the CBD balm is concerned, that too is quite effective and soothing. But to be honest, its action is more towards reducing joint inflammation and arthritis pain, not so much for treating insomnia. 

Why Choose CBD?

CBD oil

As there are several sedatives and sleeping inducing medications available in the market, why opt for a natural product like CBD oil?

Several insomniacs have already answered this justified question, who reported to have a kind of rough next day after consuming those medications.

They described their day to be as if they were in a hangover after a heavy night, not to mention the worsened anxiety and dependency on the drugs.

However, after consuming the prescribed dosage of CBD, they not only had a great and restful sleep but also an utterly fresh and energized day ahead. Hence it is a good idea to use a natural product such as CBD for sleep. 

Moreover, CBD also helps with chronic pains. According to doctors, most of the time, there is nothing wrong with your hormones or receptors; instead, something might be troubling your sleep, and in most cases, it is some pain.

You ever had one of those nights when you took a long walk before hitting the bed and couldn’t fall asleep after, simply because your legs were sore?

Well, CBD is precisely the cure for those awful nights.

Whether you have hurt your knee or have exhausted yourself to the point that your muscles are aching, CBD will do all the damage control, which also implies that it can be used to cure short-term insomnia. 

When Does CBD Fall Short?

If you feel that CBD is not getting the job done, you might have a serious medical condition that will be best diagnosed by a trained physician.

In most cases, a severe hormonal disbalance can lead to chronic insomnia, and potent medicated treatments are recommended for such conditions.

Yes for normal people, when you can not fall asleep and would like to rest, CBD can be a significant natural source of comfort and relaxation. But remember, CBD for sleep does not and can not replace medication and proper healthcare.

If you feel that your insomnia has become highly aggravated, it is best to seek medical assistance.

CBD Across the Market

Aa a general rule, you need to be cautious with what brand of CBD you buy because not many authentic manufacturers of CBD exist in the market.

In this regard, one important tip is to be vigilant and only buy products that have clear labelling on its products and who are transparent about their testing policies. Third-party testers ensured that the product you’re consuming contains the same ingredients and the same proportion of ingredients in the product as they claim.

As there is not much awareness in the masses right now about CBD and its potential uses and, especially, how to use it, there is a greater chance that the public may fall for the sky-high claims of the firms selling these products.

Remember that CBD is still in its testing phases and nothing conclusive can be drawn of it yet. Only certain conditions have been studied thoroughly and have concrete results. For the rest, we’ll have to wait a year

Conclusion

Sleepless Nights Are Terrible
Sleepless Nights Are Terrible

Insomnia is a broad term that the layman generalizes for all sleeping disorders, and there can be multiple reasons behind each disorder. Hence, generically classifying CBD for sleep in this regard will not be rational.

Firstly, you need to make sure that you are not deliberately depriving yourself of the necessary sleep. Nowadays, it has been a trend, especially in the millennials, to go to bed late for nothing and then self-diagnose themselves to be insomniacs. After an honest reflection, make sure you’re only using CBD as a supplement and not medication.

I am a 34-year-old father of three that lives in Sweden. I´ve changed my life with the help of CBD and I have a profound interest in the research surrounding CBD. You can read more about me here.

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