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 lose sleep due insomnia.
Lack of sleep due to insomnia also play 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 attempt to get enough rest.
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
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 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.
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
All these scientific backing makes CBD oil for insomnia very promising. However, to be safe, it is still wise to speak to a qualified healthcare professional about your history with insomnia before you try using CBD oil for your sleep problem. Then request a referral to a licensed cannabis clinic. Since each patient is unique, you should be assessed first in order to determine if CBD is suitable to treat your symptoms. Moreover, CBD is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women as there is not enough research to support safety.