If you struggle to sleep on a regular basis, you’re not alone. More than 35 percent of adult North Americans don’t get the recommended amount of sleep every night, according to the CDC.
One way that many people are dealing with these issues is by using marijuana or Cannabidiol (CBD) products. Medical and recreational cannabis is becoming more and more welcome across the world; however, if you live somewhere where cannabis isn’t accessible by a brick and mortar store yet in Canada, CBD products might also be able to give you some of the help you seek.
CBD products come in oils, smokable forms like vape pens, and edibles. These products usually contain two active chemicals – Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBD is a cannabinoid that produces a mild sedative effect, which is great for restoring homeostasis (aka balance) within the body. THC is what you think of when you think of marijuana. It’s what gives you the psychotropic high; however, it also produces a wakeful effect, that can give you more energy during the day. When combined like in Sativex(R), they often balance each other out.
Some of the most common reasons that people struggle to sleep are because of pain, anxiety and night disturbances and CBD products help with all of them.
CBD is often effective in reducing chronic pain in regular users, without the unfortunate side effects, that often come along with prescription medications.
If you want to reduce your reliance on drugs such as opiates, CBD products can help with that. However, make sure that your doctor is aware of the changes you intend to make before you make them. Opiate withdraw is a serious medical condition that is best maintained under a physician’s supervision.
The sedative effect that CBD produces is helpful in reducing both the physical and mental symptoms of anxiety, which is why it is a useful choice of product to take before bed. It can also reduce your reliance on anxiety medication, although you should always talk to your doctor for changing your medication
If you have anxiety, you may want to avoid a product with THC in it, as this can sometimes increase the intensity of anxiety unintentionally.
More Regular Melatonin Release
If you can get to sleep perfectly fine, but struggle to stay asleep, CBD products might be able to help you. They have been found to help direct your body to produce more melatonin regularly throughout the night, which will help you to avoid those restless nights naturally.
You can also help yourself to sleep better throughout the night by limiting external disturbances your life. Try closing your door or wearing earplugs, to avoid waking because of sounds
However, CBD products might not be right for everyone. If you take any prescription medications or have any medical conditions that require opiates or antipsychotics, make sure that you talk to your doctor before taking any kind of CBD product; as it can interact with your medications or exacerbate pre-existing issues. Talking to a doctor can help you to mitigate those issues before they possibly become a problem.
There is a significant amount of scientific evidence that ties CBD and a good nights sleep; however, we look forward to new studies, pioneered by Canadian researchers. The anecdotal evidence is astounding, as it is voluminous. We have tried to rank science over anecdotal; however, the volume of personal accounts are tremendous. We have listed the top ways CBD has been proven to be effective; however, much more has yet to be discovered. We are excited to be a part of reporting the latest research and can’t wait to update this page with the latest scientific breakthroughs.
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