People turn to CBD Oil as a potential remedy to help them feel better and improve their sleep quality.
Cannabidiol is also known as CBD, a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant with loads of health benefits.
From helping with depression, pains, inflammations, anxiety and improving moods, a lot has been said about CBD.
Current research shows CBD Oil helps to promote quality sleep by tackling the underlying causes of sleeplessness.
Sleep deprivation affects the quality of life and increases the risks of developing chronic conditions over time.
Could CBD Oil be the holy grail for sleep disorders like insomnia?
In this blog post, we share with you all you need to know about CBD Oil, its effects on sleep disorders and the roles the ECS plays in promoting sleep.
Let’s get started.
Quick Recap On Sleep Disorders:
There are various types of sleep disorders that affect more than half the population of adults worldwide.
Sleep disorders are often associated with breathing problems, movement, change in circadian rhythm and so on.
The most common type of sleep disorder is Insomnia.
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep, maintain sleep or go back to sleep after waking up too early.
In mild cases, it lasts for a few days to several weeks and in severe cases sleep disorders go on for months.
The majority of people who use sleep medications claim they’re ineffective in the long run and come with unwanted side effects.
So people turn to CBD Oil to improve their sleep-wake cycle and tackle the root causes of sleep disorders.
CBD Oil and Sleep Disorders: Does It Help?
CBD has bi-phasic properties which means it may have different effects on sleep depending on its dosage.
Studies show CBD helps with sleep disorders like insomnia by tackling the underlying causes of sleeplessness.
When taken in lower doses CBD Oil is known to act as a stimulant and promote wakefulness.
But when taken in higher doses, it has sedative properties beneficial for sleep.
CBD has a low affinity for the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body.
Researchers claim its benefits come from interactions with other cannabinoid receptors and molecular targets in the body.
Activities of CBD on serotonin receptors brings about neuroprotective, anti-depressant and anxiolytic properties.
Another theory claims it delays the breakdown of cannabinoids like “Anandamide”.
If this is true, then CBD Oil may increase the overall effects of cannabinoids beneficial for a healthy sleep-wake cycle.
Roles Of the Endocannabinoid System in Promoting Sleep
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a system of cannabinoids, receptors and metabolic enzymes in the body.
The ECS maintains homeostasis and ensures the internal systems function well.
Homeostasis involves regulating cell functions and other essential processes needed for achieving a state of balance.
Research has shown that the ECS plays roles in regulating the circadian rhythms and sleep-wake cycle in the body.
A 2008 study revealed cannabinoid receptors concentrated in areas of the brain that regulate physiological behaviours like sleeping.
Activation of CB1 receptors in the central nervous systems induces sleep and promotes the activities of serotonin.
Serotonin is known to aid communication within the nervous system and regulates mood.
Anandamide and Sleep Regulation
Anandamide (ANA) is an endocannabinoid that promotes homeostasis.
It holds therapeutic potentials in regulating sleep and improving the sleep-wake cycle.
In one study, an injection of anandamide on animal subjects decreased wakefulness and enhanced slow-wave sleep.
Anandamide was found concentrated in areas of the brain that regulates sleep.
According to researchers, anandamide modulates sleep and promotes levels of a sleep-inducing compound called adenosine.
From what we’ve seen, certain studies show the possible benefits of targeting the endocannabinoid system to promote a healthy sleep-wake cycle.
CBD Oil For Tackling Underlying Causes Of Sleeplessness:
Before taking CBD Oil to enhance sleep quality, know the causes of your sleeplessness.
Anxiety, depression, chronic pain and various underlying medical conditions cause sleep disorders like insomnia.
Understanding these primary causes allow better ideas on how well CBD Oil can help to promote sleep.
Studies show that CBD Oil positively impacts mental health due to cannabinoids in the brain and nervous systems.
If sleep disorders are triggered by overthinking, depression and anxiety, you could benefit from taking CBD.
Chronic pain caused by underlying medical conditions like arthritis and restless leg syndrome also causes sleeplessness.
CBD Oil is known to possess anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce pain and bring relief.
If sleep disorders are associated with anxiety, depression and chronic pain CBD Oil may tackle these causes and improve your sleep-wake cycle.
CBD Oil For Sleep Disorders: What Does Research Say?
Over the years, there has been growing interest in CBD and the human endocannabinoid system.
In this section, we’d be reviewing three recent studies and pieces of evidence that supports the use of CBD Oil for sleep disorders.
From one of the studies above, researchers have proven the link between cannabinoids and improved sleep quality.
Other studies also suggest that the effects of CBD on sleep come as a result of tackling the underlying causes of sleeplessness.
More studies and research needs to support these findings.
CBD Reduced Anxiety And Improved Sleep In 72 Patients
In 2019, a study was conducted to determine if CBD had positive effects on reducing anxiety and improving sleep quality.
72 patients who participated in the study, were given between 25mg to 175mg of CBD depending on the severity of their health concerns.
Those who had anxiety took CBD in the morning after breakfast, and those with sleep problems took theirs in the evenings.
After the first month of treatment, 79.2% of patients experienced an improvement in anxiety levels and 66.7% had improved sleep.
Some patients claimed to have had worsened anxiety and sleep during the first month of CBD treatment.
However, it is important to note that patients used regular psychiatric treatment alongside their doses of CBD.
This makes it difficult to know if worsened sleep and anxiety were a direct effect of CBD or medications.
Researchers concluded that overall, CBD appears to be more tolerated than regular psychiatric medications and has therapeutic potentials for anxiety-related disorders.
CBD Improved Sleeplessness and Insomnia In Patient With PTSD
According to Healthline “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that begins after a traumatic event.”
It affects all age groups causing anxiety, insomnia and fear of being in danger when one isn’t.
A case report in 2016 shows evidence that CBD is an effective remedy for anxiety and insomnia.
In that case report, a girl diagnosed with PTSD was administered CBD for 5 months to help with her symptoms.
Being sexually abused at a young age, she experienced PTSD with severe anxiety, insomnia, outbursts at school and inappropriate behaviours.
Before CBD treatment, the patient had been on several medications which provided partial relief for certain periods and caused major side effects.
She also tried magnesium supplements, melatonin and Benadryl which gave slight improvements but anxiety persisted.
Starting with CBD treatment, she was given via sublingual administration (under the tongue) through an oral spray.
The patient took 25mg of CBD at night to help improve sleep and 6-12mg during the day to help reduce anxiety.
There was a gradual improvement in her sleep quality, quantity and decrease in anxiety levels.
After 5 months of CBD treatment, she felt a whole lot better and had fewer symptoms of insomnia or anxiety than ever before.
CBD Oil Decreases Cortisol (Stress Hormone) Levels:
Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenal gland to help the body deal with stressful situations.
Sleep disorders like insomnia cause spikes in cortisol levels and overtime sleeplessness worsens.
A study was carried out among 11 participants to find out the effects of CBD on cortisol levels.
They were given either 300mg or 600mg of CBD during two sessions, within a one-week interval.
Researchers found out that CBD Oil had sedative properties and decreased levels of cortisol among the participants.
An overall decrease in high cortisol levels reduces the risk of developing chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension.
These studies and case reports, show the therapeutic potential of targeting the endocannabinoid system and CBD Oil for improved sleep.
However, more research is needed to fully understand how CBD Oil affects our sleep-wake cycle.
How And When Should One Take CBD Oil For Sleep?
From the studies seen, there are no recommended dosages or best delivery methods for using CBD Oil.
CBD Oil can be taken at night to improve sleep quality preferably after dinner or a few hours before going to bed.
When taken via sublingual administration (under the tongue), it allows more CBD to get used up by the body.
CBD Oil tinctures or Oral Sprays are recommended, as they’re absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the mucous membranes.
However, when taking CBD infused Coffee or gummies, fatty diets help to increase CBD bioavailability.
Are There Side Effects Of Taking CBD Oil For Sleep?
With little to no side effects, CBD Oil is generally safe for consumption.
Studies show that a dose of 1500mg of CBD per day is well tolerated in humans, although long term effects are yet to be studied.
When taking CBD Oil for the first time, it’s not uncommon to experience mild side effects like dry mouth or sedation.
These mild effects usually last for weeks or days and then go away, certain factors could lead to severe side effects.
Final Thoughts On CBD Oil For Sleep Disorders
Sleep deprivation or sleeplessness reduces the quality of life and increases the risks of developing chronic complications.
Before you take CBD Oil it is always advisable to consult your health care provider.
This gives you more answers on how best to use CBD Oil depending on the severity of your sleep disorder.
It’ll also help to watch out for possible drugs interactions, as CBD has been known to interact with some medications.
Generally, doctors recommend changing lifestyle habits which play important roles in the quantity and quality of sleep one gets.
CBD Oil has proven to be an alternative remedy for tackling the root causes of sleep disorders.
Further studies also reveal the therapeutic potentials of targeting the endocannabinoid system to promote sleep.
CBD Oil may help promote a healthy sleep-wake cycle, reduce insomnia, improve anxiety and reduce stress levels.
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