Taking CBD Together With Sleeping Pills
Cannabidiol or CBD is an active component from the cannabis plant. CBD is very similar to it's other counterpart, THC but they have very different interactions with the brain. CBD is made from hemp plant for its high level of CBD and very low THC. CBD doesn't cause intoxication and it does not have any psychoactive properties so you will not feel high. CBD is known to help improve sleep, treat insomnia, reduce pain and inflammation, manage stress and anxiety. By now we know that one of CBD's attributes is its ability to improve sleep and regulate a healthy sleeping pattern. Sleeping disorder is a very common problem and a lot of people are taking medication to help them sleep, would a natural holistic product like CBD be able to help them have a better sleep? Could CBD be use along with sleeping pills? We will shed a light on how CBD will and may interact with sleeping pills.
CBD affects the body by interacting with the Endocannabinoid System which is a complex part of your body that sends signals throughout the body which regulates mood, stress, learning ability, memory, pain, inflammation and appetite. Endocannabinoid System also regulates the circadian rhythm which is involved in setting your sleep and wake cycle.
CBD helps your brain to calm down by managing stress and anxiety. Once your mind is calmed it will be able to sleep and initiate the sleeping cycle. CBD will help you to have a deeper sleep, waking up less during the night and gives you the ability to go back to sleep. More importantly when you wake up you will not feel any drowsiness. Whilst sleeping pills are taken to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
Before we talk about the potential risk of mixing CBD and sleeping pills, we should take this opportunity to look into the risk of each of the subjects first. It's important to note that not everyone will experience the side effects or complications. When it comes to medications or supplements the interactions are highly individualized so no experience is the same.
Risk of taking sleeping pills:
8 out of 10 people feel the hangover the next morning from taking sleeping pills
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Diarrhea or feeling nausea
Memory and attention span problems
Possible insomnia relapse when you stop taking sleeping pills
Risk of taking CBD:
Fatigue and muscle weakness
Having digestive issues like nausea, diarrhea or constipation
More research is needed on the effects of CBD especially with the interaction with sleeping pills, but it is important to understand the risk first so you can prepare yourself. So be mindful of:
Doubling the side effects. Did you notice the similarities of the potential side effects? Therefore using both at the same time may double the side effects.
CBD may interact with other medications. CBD may affect the ability of sleeping pills that are broken down by enzymes in the liver causing too much or too little medication in the body.
Using CBD with sleeping pills may slow down brain activities.
Canceling out sleep inducing effects from the sleeping pills. CBD is biphasic. CBD affects people differently. It may affect you one way when taking low dosage while it could give you a completely different effect when taken a high dosage. This may lead to unintentionally countering the effects from sleeping pills.
But there are measures that can be taken to help make things workout for you. Such as the following:
Avoid taking them at the same time. Take CBD earlier of the day or leave a gap between 1-2 hours would be advisable
Use a high grade CBD like CBD oil from Mellow Organic. Buy from reputable CBD brands with lab test results from third party lab that comes with Certificate of Analysis
Consult with your doctor before starting to use CBD with sleeping pills
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