CBD and Sleep
CBD and sleep
If you’re desperate for quality sleep, you’re not alone: About 70 million U.S. adults suffer from chronic sleep problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of us have turned to various sleep aides such as pills, nature sounds, apps on our smart phones, and upgraded bedding accessories. However, in recent years, there has been a surge in the quest for natural relief. In this article we will explore the correlations and myths relating to CBD and sleep.
According to the Sleep Foundation, good night’s sleep is essential to your overall health and well-being. Many experts recommend adults sleep 7-9 hours each night. Proper sleep ensures you feel well-rested and have energy for the next day. A good night’s rest also contributes to memory formation, helps grow and repair muscle and tissue, and prevents sickness.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabis sativa plant, which is also known as marijuana or hemp, according to the US National Library of Medicine.
It’s a naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.
A Basic Understanding of the Science
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system which is present in all mammals. Within this system are two main receptor types: CB1 and CB2. This system is responsible for helping the body maintain balance or ‘homeostasis’. When our bodies are hurting, or when we have anxiety or sleep issues, that means these receptors aren’t ‘firing’ correctly.
CBD can bind to either receptor. The effects that result depend on where the receptor is located and which endocannabinoid it binds to. For example, endocannabinoids might target CB1 receptors in the central nervous system to relieve pain. Others might bind to a CB2 receptor in your immune cells to signal that your body’s experiencing inflammation, a common sign of autoimmune disorders.
Using CBD for Sleep
It is a common misconception that CBD is a ‘sleep aid’ that knocks you out. CBD does not put you to sleep but rather works in conjunction with the ECS to regulate sleep pattern. Your mind is calmed, less stressed, and therefore allows you to relax. Falling asleep and staying in REM sleep longer is helped with CBD and is an essential aspect of our daily wellness. A common question is if CBD has to be taken in the evening to sleep more sound. The simple answer is there is no right or wrong time to take CBD. However, there is no right or wrong time to take it. Consistency is key. For example, many people take CBD every morning and find improved sleep. Another benefit is not waking up with that ‘groggy’ feeling many medications can cause.
If you are looking for a healthier, plant-based option, CBD may be a great option for you. CBD is a safe alternative to prescription sleep medications and other OTC drugs. The popular sleep aid ‘melatonin’ has come under fire lately for causing issues in children. In 2021, there were 52,000 calls to Poison Control. See the video from Good Morning America here.
CBD products are extremely low in toxicity and using CBD is a sensible healthy alternative for nearly anybody seeking to improve the quality and quantity of sleep.
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