CBD products are becoming more and more popular all around the world. Early in 2021, the Therapeutic Goods Administration made it legal for Australian companies to sell CBD products over the counter and online.
As these products become more accessible, there has been an increased interest in the potential health and therapeutic benefits of CBD. Numerous studies have found that CBD oil can help with various health issues like chronic pain, poor sleep quality, anxiety and epilepsy.
To find out if CBD oil products are for you, it’s good to know a little bit about how they work. So let’s have a look at how CBD oil can help with insomnia.
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What is CBD?
Before we take a look at how it can help us sleep, it’s important to briefly discuss where cannabidiol (CBD) comes from and how it affects the body in general.
CBD is one of many cannabinoids that make up the cannabis plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another cannabinoid present in cannabis, CBD does not promote a psychoactive response in the user. While CBD oils may contain trace amounts of THC, it will not be near the levels required to get you high or show up on a drug test.
Effects on the endocannabinoid system
A lot of CBD’s therapeutic effects are attributed to how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating our cognitive processes, our immune systems and even some of our movements.
A number of studies suggests that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in such a way that reduces unpleasant symptoms like chronic pain, nausea and anxiety. The nature of how CBD interacts with endocannabinoid receptors is still unclear. That being said, some of the results are quite promising.
Perhaps one of the more significant benefits of CBD is the therapeutic effect on those who have epilepsy. According to Harvard Health Publishing, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures in some individuals and stop them completely for others. In fact, Epidiolex was the first cannabis-based medicine to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It was made to treat those who suffer from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome. This is somewhat relevant to insomnia as those with epilepsy can struggle with irregular sleep patterns.
How CBD can help with insomnia
The loss of sleep can have a range of effects on your physical and mental health. Insomnia can be a challenging issue to tackle. It can be caused be a range of factors including:
- Depression and anxiety
- Chronic pain
- Irregular eating habits
- Side effects of medication
Studies suggest that by treating some of these external factors individually, CBD might be able to help you get better sleep.
For example, a study from The Permanente Journal found that CBD may benefit individuals that suffer from both anxiety and insomnia. The study was conducted with 103 adult participants. Each participant was given CBD in various doses, ranging from 25 to 175 mg. The study found that a low dose of 25 mg was effective in treating anxiety while a higher dose was required to improve sleep.
When the researchers first followed up on the participants, 66.7% reported better quality of sleep. In the second follow up, 56.1% reported an improvement in sleep patterns. The study concluded that CBD may help individuals with anxiety-related disorders such as insomnia.
The same article also cited a separate study on CBD’s effect on cortisol levels (a stress hormone). That cross study found that there was a decrease in cortisol levels in participants that took 300 mg or 600 mg of CBD. The CBD intake also resulted in the participants experiencing sedation.
Another major cause of insomnia is chronic pain. A peer-reviewed study from The Journal of Pain (from the United States Association for the Study of Pain) found that 67-88% of those who have a chronic pain disorder report disrupted sleep. Additionally, 50% of those with insomnia also suffer from chronic pain.
To get a good night’s rest, our bodies must be able to relax. If you feel constant pain during the night, your nervous system will remain active, making it difficult to fall asleep.
However, according to the Frontiers in Pharmacology, cannabinoids are effective in treating different models of pain in animals. This includes acute pain and inflammation. Additionally, there is evidence that cannabinoids have a pain-relieving effect on neuropathic pain.
The study then noted that, as a secondary outcome, those who used cannabinoids to treat chronic pain experienced improvements in sleep and mood.
Complementing CBD oil
Like with many other forms of treatment, it’s a good idea to support your use of CBD oil with other healthy behaviours. It won’t hurt to implement some of the tried-and-true ways of improving sleep quality.
This includes getting regular exercise. Physical activity during the day will result in you feeling more tired as night time approaches. If you exercise a few hours before bedtime, your body temperature will rise during the activity and then fall when you’re done. This change in body temperature will send signals to the body that it’s time to sleep.
Additionally, meditation and other relaxation techniques can help you reduce stress and therefore improve your sleep. In fact, there are users that incorporate CBD products into their morning routines for a more mindful and stressless day.
It’s important to take the time to analyse your current lifestyle and find out what aspects of it can be improved. Indeed, as we’ve seen, CBD oil has the potential to make small but significant improvements in your day-to-day life.
There are still plenty of studies that need to be done on cannabidiol. However, the evidence in these early studies is indeed very promising. Visit Can Do Lifestyle’s online shop today to browse our available CBD products.