Many people choose to take CBD for insomnia. There is anecdotal evidence, as well as some research that CBD oil can help you to get a better night’s sleep.
CBD helps to maintain your body’s homeostasis
If you’ve read through some of our other blog articles, you might already know that CBD (or cannabidiol) is one of the main naturally occurring chemical compounds -known as cannabinoids- in the cannabis plant. These compounds interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS plays an integral role in helping your body to maintain is state of balance, known as ‘homeostasis’.
Do I need CBD for insomnia? What causes poor sleep in the first place?
When considering trying CBD for insomnia, it is firstly useful to take a look at what can cause poor sleep in the first place. There are a number of things that can cause a person to sleep badly. Just some of these causes can include:
- Mental health conditions (such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD), stress, depression)
- Physical conditions (such as restless leg syndrome, pain)
- Medications that disturb circadian rhythms, especially your sleep-wake cycle
- Caffeine and stimulants, especially when consumed later in the day
- Environmental factors, including noise, light level, the comfort of your bed, etc.
CBD for insomnia – what does the research say so far?
There is still a lot of work to be done in the field of CBD oil research, however studies to date have shown promising research around using CBD for insomnia, or at least for the root causes of sleeplessness.
A large case study series published in 20191 examined the use of CBD for insomnia and anxiety. The study looked at whether taking CBD could improve sleep and or reduce anxiety in patients. Study subjects were both patients that were experiencing anxiety and poor sleep. Within the first month of the study, 79.2% of patients reported reduced anxiety levels and 66.7% reported improved sleep.
A study conducted in 20182 demonstrated that CBD has the ability to alleviate pain. The researchers noted in their discussion that by relieving (chronic) pain, taking CBD has the potential to improve sleep patterns in patients.
In a review published in 20143, the authors concluded that CBD for insomnia could be used to promote wakefulness. Since grogginess and daytime lethargy are consequences of insomnia, CBD could potentially be used to promote wakefulness and reduce somnolence. The researchers noted that while the exact mechanisms by which CBD modulates sleep are inconclusive, there is certainly the potential for further investigation into this area of CBD as a molecular and neuroanatomical sleep regulator.
CBD for insomnia – the bottom line
Sleeplessness is a common condition and taking CBD for insomnia may help. Specific research into how CBD oil help to improve sleep is currently still limited, however researchers agree that there is evidence to suggest that it may help to improve sleep quality and sleep duration, particularly by acting upon the root causes of insomnia.
When you are ready to try CBD for insomnia, choose Transcending Organics
If you have trouble sleeping and you have read this far, you are probably interesting in trying CBD for insomnia. Transcending Organics is here to help with our superior range of only the highest quality CBD oil. You can have confidence in knowing that Transcending Organics CBD oil products are produced using only the best quality, non-GMO, organic hemp. All of our CBD oil products undergo stringent filtration procedures so that we can offer our customers peace of mind in knowing that the final product contains no THC; this means that our products provide you with all of the potential benefits, without any psychoactive or addictive properties.
Please note that the information provided in the blog post above, regarding CBD for insomnia, is intended for educational purposes only. This article is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition, and it should not be taken as general or medical advice. We recommend that you consult with your trusted medical professional for an accurate diagnosis of your condition.
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