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How CBD Oil Might Help You Sleep

By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 27, 2019

Introduction

Have you ever considered CBD oil for sleep? To discuss the topic, we invite to the Straight, No Chaser contributor panel researcher Samantha Kent.

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When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, most people who struggle with it will try nearly anything. If you struggle with sleep, you know that. A product that is newer on the market might be something you haven’t tried yet – CBD oil.

CBD is the non-psychotropic cannabinoid (meaning it doesn’t make you “high”) that is often derived from cannabis sativa, known to the layman as hemp. It works with the human body’s endocannabinoid receptors to produce a mild sedative effect. This effect helps to calm down a lot of the body’s stress reactions, such as anxiety, stress, and pain.

By reducing the prevalence of these reactions, these products might be helpful for you and your sleep cycle. They come in a variety of styles, from oils to vapes to snacks, in order to be right for you and your lifestyle.

Reduce Symptoms of Anxiety

Because of the mild sedative effect that CBD creates within your system, when you use CBD products, you are less likely to feel the racing heart and racing thoughts that come along with anxiety.

Since anxiety is one of the most common causes of sleeplessness, this can help you to avoid these problems at bedtime, making it easier for you to fall asleep without going over everything embarrassing you’ve done in your life.

Promote Healthy Release of Melatonin

If you struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, you might have a problem with the amount of melatonin that your body is releasing throughout the night. Melatonin is the hormone that allows you to feel sleepy. The more often it is released, the more likely you are to stay asleep throughout the night.

CBD makes it easier for your body to produce that hormone, making it easier for you to sleep well. The longer you sleep, the more likely you are to get REM sleep when your body does the most healing and deals with your memories. This will have a huge impact on how you feel the next day.

Reduce Pain

Pain is another reason that many people struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. When you get more sleep, your body is less likely to be in pain. When you use CBD products, The sedative effect and its reactions in the other parts of your body have been found to reduce inflammation and other pain.

Not only can this reduce the amount of prescription medications that you need to take for the pain, but it will also reduce the side effects that you experience from them, making it easier for you to avoid the other problems that can come along with these medicines.

It’s also completely legal no matter where you are, thanks to most of them not having any THC in it (THC is the part of cannabis that does make you high). Make sure that you know what you are taking and that you are not ordering a product with THC if you aren’t expecting it. It can, however, interact with other medicines that you take, especially if those medicines are for issues with your liver or kidney. Therefore, be sure to talk to a doctor before adding it to your bedtime routine.

Samantha Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face. 

Straight, No Chaser Comment

The science on cannabidiol as a sleep supplement is mixed. There is evidence suggesting it helps and other evidence suggesting it doesn’t. If your current efforts aren’t getting it done, give it a try. If it works for you, great!

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