Cannabis Research and Testing: CBD for Sleep

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CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is the second-most abundant cannabinoid found in the marijuana plant. Unlike its counterpart THC, cannabidiol is non-psychoactive and causes no “high” effect. A majority of the hype surrounding medical marijuana and the upcoming hemp industry is all thanks to CBD. Not that THC does not have a plethora of medicinal value, but it gets a bad rep from its euphoric effects. With the help of more published studies, we are beginning to understand the therapeutic benefits of CBD. From relieving chronic pain to a potential treatment for epilepsy, CBD is a remarkable medical compound. In particular, using CBD for sleep disorders is becoming widely popular among consumers and patients.

About CBD

All cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant work directly with our endocannabinoid system, which all human beings have. The purpose of the endocannabinoid system is to keep an overall balance or homeostasis throughout all bodily functions. With natural cannabinoids, which our body produces, and the help of cannabinoids found in marijuana, the ECS maintains a stable internal environment. CBD works within the endocannabinoid system by combining with receptors scattered throughout the body. The wide-spread receptor sites are why CBD effects many different regions of the body.

CBD provides consumers with the medical benefits of marijuana without the “high” effects. It has little to no known adverse effects, unlike most medications. Hemp-derived CBD products contain less than 0.3 percent THC, which is untraceable on drug tests and is available nationwide. The rise of industrial hemp is making CBD products accessible to all who need it. For many states, it is the first step to understanding the medicinal value of cannabis and why it deserves to be legal. CBD does not cause any noticeable effects but has a tremendous amount of benefit. CBD for sleep is the most common use of cannabidiol, which goes-to-show just how many people suffer from sleep disorders in our society.

Why Does CBD Help with Sleep?

The use of CBD for sleep is not a new application of this cannabinoid. CBD has been recognized as an excellent sleep aid for quite some time now. Nevertheless, most people do not understand why CBD is well-suited to help with sleep disorders. Luckily, there is a fair amount of published research on CBD for sleep, and they all point to similar conclusions.

Published Research:

  • In 2006, there was a study done on a group of rats. The lab rats were separated into three groups. The first group received 10mg of CBD, the second group was a placebo, and the third group received CBD and anandamide (natural cannabinoid). Each group was administered the dosage in both daylight and nighttime environments. When the rats ingested low dosages of CBD during the day, it induced dopamine release and increased their alertness. During times of dark, there were no changes in the effects. The placebo group had no reactions. Even the rats given CBD and anandamide together experienced the wakefulness sensation of CBD. This study shows that CBD at low doses has the potential to help with extreme somnolence or fatigue.
  • Another study was done on 15 insomniac volunteers to test the different effects of acute doses of CBD. Patients received either 40mg, 80mg, or 160mg of CBD. Others received no CBD and got 5mg of nitrazepam (insomnia medicine). There was also a placebo group. Overall, those who took the three doses of CBD reported receiving more sleep and had less dream recall than usual. In particular, the 160mg dosage of CBD reported the largest increase in the amount of sleep received. In conclusion, CBD can lengthen the duration of sleep and cause a deeper slumber. This study shows the potential of using high doses of CBD as a natural sleep aid.

CBD for sleep is clearly a reasonable form of treatment; especially when CBD has slim to no adverse effects with chronic use. While more research needs to occur, the information available today promotes the use of CBD for sleep. Cannabidiol is a natural sleep aid in high doses and is ideal for ingesting before bed. However, chronic intake of CBD is necessary to experience its full medical potential. It is essential to have a consistent routine with CBD for sleep and finding the right personal dose is a bit of a process.

Suggested Doses of CBD for Sleep

One factor, which is the same across all studies, is the effects of CBD products all depend on the dosage ingested. That said, what doses of CBD are the best for specific sleep disorders? CBD has a multitude of medical uses which all vary on the dosage taken. Since CBD at low doses provides an increase in dopamine and a sense of wakefulness, disorders like extreme somnolence require specific doses for CBD to be beneficial. On the other hand, consumers with insomnia would benefit from a high-dose CBD regiment. Think of CBD products as a vitamin-a-day. It’s best to stick to the regiment and adjust doses when necessary.

Example Regiment:

  • In the Morning: For those who need a slight pick-me-up in the morning, try taking a low dose of CBD ranging from 2.5mg to 10mg. Start small and work up to a higher dosage if necessary. Keep in mind, the higher the dose, the more sedating CBD is. Morning ingestion is ideal for fatigue, daily chronic pain, and anxiety. It’s a great way to start the day off right.
  • Before Bed: Anyone looking to use CBD for sleep should start with a higher dosage around 15mg to 20mg and work their way up as necessary. By starting low, it allows for consumers to find the ideal dosage for them without wasting unnecessary product. However, some consumers may need much higher doses. It is not uncommon to take doses as high as 100mg to 200mg of CBD for severe cases of insomnia or chronic pain.

The best times to intake CBD are in the morning and before bed. For a quick overview, keep the CBD doses low in the morning and higher at night. Not that CBD has any serious adverse effects, but in high doses, it may cause grogginess. It is best to not operate heavy machinery or vehicles until knowledgeable of its effects. Every human being is unique and reacts to CBD differently. The best dose for one consumer varies for another. Keep this in mind when creating a personal CBD regiment.

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