Definite Facts About CBD and Sleep
Are you using CBD for sleep or are you thinking about using CBD to improve your sleep? Then here are the definite facts you need to know about CBD and sleep.
CBD doesn't directly make you sleepy
CBD does not have a sedative effect, but rather CBD helps your feel calm and relax. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in your body which send signals to your brain to calm down resulting in the feeling of wanting to sleep. It's important to pay attention to how CBD interacts with your body. In some cases small doses can increase alertness while large dosage can cause drowsiness. Find the right dose for you.
CBD improves symptoms of insomnia
Insomnia can be caused by stress, depression, anxiety, the food you eat, medication, chronic pain, nicotine or caffeine. CBD can help induce balance to your body system and help deal with these effects that cause insomnia hence improving your insomnia.
CBD can help regulate your sleep cycle
CBD can help increase the amount of time spent in the deeper stages of sleep also known as slow-wave sleep (SWS) and reducing time spent in lighter stages of sleep or Rapid Eye Movement (REM). This will increase your sleep quality.
Taking CBD regularly is important
Taking CBD on a regular basis once or multiple times a day will help the endocannabinoid system keep the balance in your body and using it regularly will help maximize long-term benefits.
CBD affects the cause of sleeping issues not the symptoms
Studies have shown that CBD has the potential to pinpoint the actual cause of sleeplessness instead of just treating the symptoms. CBD impact the endocannabinoid system which is responsible in regulating sleep. CBD is known to reduce and manage stress and anxiety which are key factors that cause sleep disorders.
CBD is able to improve sleep even if you take it during the day.
CBD has homeostatic properties so if you take it during day it can help bring balance to your sleeping cycle. Taking it before bedtime for sleep will always be the best choice, but some people like to spread out their CBD dosage throughout the day and it will work just fine. Don't forget CBD affects the receptors in the endocannabinoid system. It doesn't only affect sleep, but has a positive affect on your mood, motivation, pain and health in general too.
CBD increases quality of sleep
CBD can help you to have a quality sleep. Getting quality sleep can help reduce stress levels, improve alertness and maintain memory functions. Adding THC to your CBD (not exceeding 0.3%) can benefit your sleep too. THC is known to have sedative effects and help you to obtain stage 4 sleep a.k.a. deep sleep.
Entourage effect is the key to better sleep
The entourage effect plays a major role in how effective CBD is in improving sleep. CBD products that contain all the components from the cannabis plant will have a greater effect for your health than just CBD. CBD products that are made from Full Spectrum is the total package with a high amount of CBD and includes, THC, CBG, CBN, terpenes and flavonoids.
Each individual's body chemistry affects how CBD works with sleep
CBD is a very individualized thing. The chemistry of our body is highly unique and there is no guarantee that CBD will interact with the body the same way as the next person. The amount of dosage, the potency of CBD, how you administered CBD and the time of the day also plays a factor. Experimenting with dosage to find the right amount for you is recommended.
CBD is safe, non-addictive and legal
CBD is completely non-toxic. There is no psychoactive properties so CBD will not make you feel high. THC on the other hand can make you feel high if used in large amounts even though they are from the same plant. CBD is great for everyday use and can be used anytime of the day. CBD is legal in many areas of the world as long as the level of THC does not exceed 0.3%. CBD is non-addictive and there are no withdrawal symptoms like most medications for pain, stress and anxiety.
Type of CBD matters
There are three types of CBD in the market. CBD isolate contains only pure CBD. Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum CBD oil is made from all the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant including CBD. The difference between the both of them is that Full Spectrum contains THC and Broad Spectrum does not. Using both Broad Spectrum or Full Spectrum can lead to a greater entourage effect.
How you take CBD can affect sleep
Knowing how long it takes for CBD to work for your sleep is important. Dropping CBD oil under your tongue or by vaping will call for a faster result than by edibles or gummies or topicals. It takes 30 minutes to an hour for the effects to work by dropping CBD orally or vaping.
Dosage amount will affect CBD
CBD has a biphasic effect. If you take a low to moderate amount it may cause a stimulating effect meanwhile taking a high dosage may result in sedative effect and promote sleepiness. Research has shown that taking 15-30 mg of CBD before bedtime will promote better sleep. Do remember taking a high amount of CBD may cause side effects. Experimenting with different dosages to find the best dosage for you is a good thing.
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Written by Vivek Roachthavilit
Special Thanks To:
Medical News Today
National Institute of Health