Understanding CBD and Sleep.
This is a topic I am asked about all the time, and have been for years: how does cannabis help sleep and health? I’ve heard that the number-two reason why people smoke or use cannabis is for sleep.
The cannabis plant is filled with hundreds of different compounds, several of which have been studied for a few years for their therapeutic benefits. The cannabis compounds that have captured the most scientific interest are known as cannabinoids. Cannabidiol—or CBD—is a cannabinoid that’s available in supplement form, and has a number of possible uses, including help with stress and anxiety, pain, and sleep problems.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound that’s found in the cannabis plant. There are multiple species of cannabis that naturally contain CBD.
Cannabis has been used medicinally for centuries, as a sleep aid, a pain and nausea reducer, to relieve anxiety and other mood problems. In the mid-1960s, scientists identified the first cannabinoid. Since then, scientists have gone on to identify more than 114 individual cannabinoids and continue to investigate them for their potential symptom-relieving and disease-fighting abilities.
They each have distinctly different effects within the body, and different potential uses for health and disease. Two of the cannabinoids that are most widely recognized for their medicinal value are THC and CBD. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a chemical compound that delivers the “high” that occurs from ingesting marijuana.
CBD, on the other hand, has no “high” associated with it. Instead, this compound has potential calming, anti-anxiety, and anti-psychotic effects. In fact, CBD may be sometimes used in combination with THC to counteract THC’s mind-altering effects.
CBD has captured a great deal of scientific attention for its health benefits. Along with THC, CBD is the most well researched of the cannabinoids.
CBD is produced in pill form, as well as in sprays, tinctures, and inhalers.
How does CBD work?
Scientists have made a lot of progress in understanding how CBD appears to produce it’s calming, pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory effects in the body—and there’s still more to learn. We know that CBD interacts with many different receptors, proteins, and other chemicals in the brain. These interactions create changes in the activity of neurotransmitters, hormones, and other cells throughout the brain and body. Through these interactions, CBD appears to be able to affect many of the body’s functions, from sleep-wake cycles and emotional regulation to inflammation, pain perception, and seizures.
Our bodies actually produce their own cannabinoids, as part of what’s known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is involved in regulating many physiological processes, including mood, pain perception, appetite, and cognitive functions. CBD interacts in part with the body’s endocannabinoid system and it’s receptors.
Benefits of CBD
Scientists are devoting a great deal of attention to CBD these days, and we’re continually learning more about the broad spectrum of benefits it may offer to health.
With scientific evidence pointing to CBD being able to reduce anxiety, which can be helpful in reducing sleep difficulties and improving sleep quality, CBD may increase overall sleep amounts, and improve insomnia. CBD has also been shown to reduce insomnia in people who suffer from chronic pain in scientific research.
In smaller doses, CBD appears to stimulate alertness and reduce daytime sleepiness, which is important for daytime performance and for the strength and consistency of the sleep-wake cycle.
Researchers believe CBD may help reduce REM behavior disorder in people. REM behavior disorder is a condition that causes people to act out physically during dreaming and REM sleep. Typically, during REM, the body is largely paralyzed, a state known as REM atonia. This immobilization keeps sleepers from reacting physically to their dreams. In REM behavior disorder, this paralysis doesn’t occur, leaving people free to move—which can lead to disruptive sleep and to injuring themselves or their sleeping partners. Cannabis may also work to reduce pain and improve sleep quality in people.
Rich in CBD, cannabis has been used for centuries to fight illness, improve sleep, and lower anxiety. Today, our understanding of the potential benefits of CBD is growing by leaps and bounds—more and more, CBD is seen as a powerful ‘aid’ to health. Thanks to decades of scientific investigation, it’s now possible to obtain CBD in a food supplement form.
Personally, I wouldn’t function without my CBD Tincture. Morning & night I pop drops under my tongue for restful sleep (nights) & a calmer brain (days). I swear by it & have done for over 5 years, along with CBD Vape Juice during the day. Additional meds zombied me out, whereas CBD didn’t. I take enough big pharma meds, I want natural!
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