According to the CDC, a person needs at least 7 hours of sleep a night for his body and mind to function properly. But around the world, millions and millions of people suffer from sleep deprivation due to sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia. In fact, 1 in 3 people suffer from insomnia alone during their lifetime. In North America, according to the studies conducted by the Better Sleep Guide, more than 30 percent of the population suffers and loses sleep due to insomnia.
Lack of sleep due to insomnia also plays a big part in the work performance of an individual. And when not treated can cause major health issues like poor memory, daytime sleepiness, inability to focus, increased accidents or mistakes, and fatigue.
According to Sleep Education, the U.S. economy loses $63 billion a year in terms of work performance due to sleep disorder. And because of this, millions of sleep-deprived Americans turn to pharmaceutical sleeping aids in an attempt to get enough rest.
What is Insomnia and What Causes It?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. A person with insomnia have one or more of these symptoms:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Having trouble going back to sleep after suddenly waking up at night
- Waking up too early in the morning
- Feeling tired upon waking
Causes of Insomnia can include:
- Environmental factors
- Interference of normal sleep like jet lag
- Pain or discomfort
Insomnia Traditional Treatment
Doctors usually prescribe sedative-hypnotics or more commonly known as sleeping pills to patients who are suffering from insomnia. But the effectiveness of sleeping pills is short-term sense only.
The 4 most common sleeping pills are:
These 4 sleeping pill products are all designed to increase drowsiness and make it easier to get to sleep. The only problem is, all of these pills can cause side effects such as issues with memory and attention, plus, these pills are also extremely addictive.
New sleep medications such as Sonata, Ambien, and Lunesta that are less addictive are also available in the market. But even if these new sleep disorder pills are not that addictive compared to the 4 common sleeping pills that are usually prescribed by doctors, they can still lead to dependence that when taken too often, insomnia patients will be completely reliant on them and be unable to sleep via any other means.
Another alternative and one of the most effective ways to cure insomnia today is by using CBD oil. CBD, unlike its close-related cousin THC, is a compound which provides all the beneficial physical and psychological effects of cannabis but without the mind-altering effects and the psychoactive properties.
What is Cannabidiol or CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is just one of the more than 100 compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant. CBD oils are oils that contain concentrations of CBD. And unlike THC or tetrahydrocannabinol that causes the sensation of getting “high” that is associated with marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive. It does target the body’s nervous system, but it does not trigger any altered state of consciousness. Meaning, it does not change a person’s state of mind when they use it.
Cannabis oil had been used in medicine for thousands of years. But during the 1930s, because of the concern over the dangers of abuse, the medical use of marijuana was permanently banned and using marijuana in whatever form was considered illegal. Yet even with the banning of cannabis oil, many still believed that CBD has many benefits to health. And until recently, the benefits of CBD continue to grow and the world is now realizing its potential most especially in the field of medicine.
Can CBD Cure Insomnia?
According to scientists that made an in-depth study on the properties of CBD, they found out that CBD interacts with different receptors, chemicals, and protein in the brain.
In 2017, Babson, Scottile, and Morabito conducted a study on CBD and sleep that was published in Pub Med. The conclusion of their study states: “CBD potentially has therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia. It could also assist with REM sleep behavior disorder and daytime sleepiness.” In their study, they’ve also found out that THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects that acts much like the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body, could impair the quality of sleep in the long-term even if it decreases sleep latency.
In 2012, Hsiao et al. conducted a study on the effects of CBD in varieties of rats which was published in Neuropharmacology. The conclusion was that CBD could help block anxiety-induced REM sleep because of its anxiolytic effect or in short, it helps control a person’s anxiety and distress that affects his ability to function.
The CBD for insomnia perhaps got its biggest boost in the 2017 study conducted by Brightfield Group and HelloMD. Their study states that CBD can help wean people off addictive medication without carrying any addictive properties of its own. People who use CBD are more likely to drop their traditional medicine.
According to Addam Corre, the author of the blog “CBD For Insomnia: How I Slept Like A Baby For The First Time In Years,” (Read the full article here) using CBD has helped him overcome his insomnia. Addam also says that he is now on a mission to get all of his friends, family and also his readers to try CBD.
CBD dosage is subjective and depends on the bodyweight of the user and how it is administered. You must also remember that CBD oil is poorly absorbed when taken orally. The best way to administer CBD oil is to use a vaporizer to smoke it. Doing this will greatly increase the absorption and will lower the dose necessary for you to have a good night’s sleep.
Combining CBD with other sleep-promoting agents like hops, lavender, and chamomile that contain terpenoids that are synergistic to CBD oil – this means that the substances these plants contain increase the effect CBD oil will have on you can also increase the chances of obtaining the desired effect.
While it is true that CBD oil taken orally is not the best way to administer CBD, it is still the most widely used method. Why? Because of CBD capsules. These BCD capsules are filled with the exact amount of CBD for truly accurate and exact dosage. For example, if your optimal CBD dosage is 16MG-25MG, then simply buy a bottle of 20MG or 25MG CBD capsules and you’re good to go.
CBD dosage also depends on the purpose. It varies wildly depending on the type of relief sought after. For example, people have experienced the following:
- Chronic pain: 2.5-20mg for ~25 days
- Epilepsy: 200-300mg up to 4.5 months
- Huntington’s disease-related movement problems: 10mg/kg for 6 weeks
- Sleep disorders: 40-160mg
- Multiple sclerosis symptoms: 2.5-120mg THC-CBD combo for 2-15 weeks
- Glaucoma: 20-40mg (Doses over 40 mg may actually increase eye pressure)
It is also very important to remember that taking CBD without proper dosage can lead to different side effects like:
- decreased appetite
Other Health Benefits of CBD Besides Curing Insomnia
Other health benefits of CBD besides curing insomnia are:
- lowering inflammation
- stimulating recovery and relaxation
- treating auto-immune disorders
- psychiatric disorders, skin diseases
- multiple sclerosis
- neurological diseases
- cancer and other serious health issues.
CBD is not legal in all 50 states. The most important factor that is a crucial determinant across all states for CBD to be considered legal is where the CBD is derived from-hemp or marijuana. Under Federal law, CBD (hemp or marijuana-derived) being a cannabinoid (component of cannabis) is a Schedule I substance, therefore illegal. Most states have provisions in their laws making hemp and marijuana-derived CBD legal for medical and/or recreational use except for 4: Idaho, Nebraska, S Dakota, and Kansas.
Difference between CBD from Hemp and CBD from Marijuana
While hemp and marijuana are both members of the cannabis family, there is a very crucial difference between the two. The amount of psychoactive Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that each plant produces.
For marijuana, it can contain up to 30% THC, while hemp contains just 0.3% THC. Meaning, marijuana can get you really high, while in hemp, it would be impossible because it has no psychoactive effects. This is the main reason why the source of CBD is very crucial to its legality.
While Hemp-derived CBD is mostly legal in all states, marijuana-derived CBD does not have the same treatment. Because marijuana-derived CBD, even if isolated is still considered as a byproduct of marijuana.
Here are the lists of States Where CBD is Legal for The Following Purposes
(As of June 16, 2018)
For Recreational Use
This includes both marijuana and hemp.
17 States Where CBD is Legal for Medicinal Use With Specific Legislation for THC Levels
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
The 29 States that Fully Legalized The Medical Use of All CBD Products Derived from Hemp or Marijuana are:
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia
States Where Marijuana-Derived CBD is Illegal
- South Dakota
For safety precautions, it is still wise to speak to a qualified healthcare professional about your history with insomnia before you try using cannabidiol oil or CBD. Then request a referral to licensed cannabis clinics. Since each patient is unique, he should be assessed first in order to determine if CBD is suitable to treat his symptoms. Moreover, CBD is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.