Can CBD Oil Help You Sleep Better?

CBD for sleep

Introduction

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is an active ingredient that is derived from the hemp cousin of the marijuana plant. Even though it is a cannabinoid product of the plant, it does not contain THC in it, which is the compound responsible for giving people a ‘high’, that imparts mild psychotropic effects. There is no evidence that CBD Oil can be potentially abused or depended upon.

The oil can be easily obtained as an over-the-counter (OTC) product. Since it has been established that it is not psychoactive, it has gained much fanfare over recent years due to the numerous ways in which it can positively impact health and well-being.

Benefits of CBD Oil

The compound benefits the endocannabinoid (ECS) system in the body, which is a biological structure made up of cannabinoid receptors. These are distributed throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems.

ECS is responsible for regulating normal bodily functions like:

  1. Mood and memory
  2. Appetite
  3. Digestion
  4. Liver functioning
  5. Fertility, and the reproductive system as a whole
  6. Sleep cycles

CBD’s interaction with the system would help with:

  1. The probable shrinkage of cancerous tumors
  2. Reduction in chronic pain and inflammation
  3. Preventing migraines and headaches
  4. Treatment of curbing anxiety and depression

CBD and Sleep

Sleep is a naturally reoccurring state of the mind and body. It is an altered sense of consciousness that provides the individual with a much-needed break from producing and consuming energy stored in the cells. Unfortunately, a large percentage of the population has faced problems related to sleep deficiency at some point in their lives.

These complications might crop up due to mental disorders like depression, anxiety, stress, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Certain medications, a regular intake of caffeine, and lifestyle choices can also be some of the reasons for tossing and turning in bed.

Here is how CBD individually helps reduce the occurrence of these complications:

Stress and Anxiety

Burdening the mind with stress related to daily life will not let anyone sleep peacefully. Similarly, bottling up anxious feelings will only increase the danger of anxiety attacks and sleepless nights. 

It is also essential that muscles loosen themselves so that one can sleep. But stress and fear can tense them up terribly, leaving the body restless.

CBD is a definite solution to restore calmness in the body. It can relax the brain impulses and soothe the natural balance of bodily functions. 

Chronic Pain

An aching body will pose many disruptions in day-to-day life, including the sleep cycle. Pain caused due to arthritis, aging joints, muscle injury, inflammation, etc. can be soothed using CBD. Since it interacts with the ECS, neurotransmissions to the pain receptors can be reduced, thus relieving the ache to some extent.

CBD oil has been used to treat pain since centuries.

Sleep disorders

1. Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a condition in which normal breathing while sleeping is affected. The airways through the mouth and nose get blocked by the extra tissues in the throat, leading to potential suffocation. This can repeatedly occur when the person is asleep, leading to reduced hours of peaceful rest.

Administering CBD can let the muscles relax, which would reduce the possibilities of the throat tensing up. Thus successfully keeping the airways free of obstructions.

2. REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD)

A person diagnosed with RBD is prone to act out their dreams in a vivid manner while staying asleep. These dreams are often unpleasant. Violent limb movements, extreme fidgeting, rapid eye movements, and even vocal sounds are some characteristics of the disorder.

The use of CBD for its calming benefits can be used to counteract this behavior when coupled with other sleep-related treatments. It can also help combat daytime napping, which is another symptom of RBD.

3. Somnolence 

This is a term given to the condition of extreme drowsiness that involves a strong desire to sleep for unusually long periods. Situations like sleep deprivation, skewed sleep schedules, medication side effects, and alcohol or drug use may lead to somnolence.

Cannabidiol has different effects depending on the individual’s brain’s reaction, and the time of the day it is administered. This occurs due to its regulation of the body’s sleep/wake cycles, helping to promote wakefulness during the day and relaxation during the night.

Somnolence can impact both daytime activities and the capacity to catch some much-needed winks at night.

Using CBD during daylight hours aids the promotion of alertness, and when the body eventually tires out, restful sleep is ensured at night.

Different Ways of Consuming CBD

Unless a physician has prescribed a strict method of consuming it, there are many options to choose from. There are no ‘best’ ways to administer it since its effectiveness would differ from individual to individual. Some of them are:

1. Suppositories

A person having a highly sensitive stomach can take choose suppositories as a great alternative. Additionally, intense menstrual cramps can be treated quicker through this form of CBD consumption.

2. CBD Oil Drops

This is a direct method of consuming the oil. Sold in droplet bottles, it is directly derived from nature and hence has little to no side effects, unlike most painkillers.

The cleansing effect of the oil clears up the digestive tracts in the initial phases of consuming it. However, this may cause the user to experience mild dizziness and nausea. Once you are used to CBD, these side effects will completely cease to exist.

Chlorophyll, the pigment of the plant, is responsible for this side-effect. It ends up being extracted from the hemp when producing the oil, and there no means to separate it from the cannabidiol compound.

3. CBD Paste

The oil is also available in a paste form, which can be placed in the mouth directly or added to food and drinks. This method is preferred over others because of how accessible it is.

4. Vape or E-cigarettes

There is a type of CBD oil manufactured especially for e-cigarettes or vapes. The application of this method allows the effects of the oil to show up much quicker since the fumes enter the lungs, through which it reaches the bloodstream and brain directly. The effects of its influence are almost immediate and well-worth the mild amounts of smoking you have to indulge in. 

5. CBD Creams and Lotions

The oil makes up the primary component of these creams. They are usually used as an external treatment and are directly applied to the skin. Chronic pains and muscle aches are generally treated with these creams.

Conclusion

It is important to note that even though the compound is naturally derived, it should not be consumed in high amounts. Small doses should be followed in the beginning, and if there is a need to increase it, a doctor must be consulted and . 

Even though using the oil has become more of a ‘lifestyle’ treatment, its pros and cons should not be ignored, primarily when being used as a treatment for sleep.