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How CBD Oil Might Help You Sleep

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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Use and Effectiveness of CBD (Cannabidiol) Oil

Let’s talk about cannabidiol (aka CBD) oil. There’s a huge fervor for this, which is understandable given the wave of states having legalized marijuana. CBD oil has become widely accessible. In fact, it’s legal in thirty states, and seventeen others have CBD-specific laws allowing for some use. Still, the rush needs to be tempered with a reality check! Let’s delve into uses and concerns about CBD oil.

How is CBD oil different from marijuana?

CBD oil is an extract from the marijuana (or hemp) plant. Significantly, CBD oil does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Importantly, THC is the portion of marijuana that produces intoxication, so you don’t have to worry about being “high” with CBD oil.

How does CBD oil work?

CBD works by tapping into our brain’s endocannabinoid system. This system contains communication chemicals, millions of cannabinoid receptors with which the chemicals interact, and enzymes that synthesize and break them down. Our internal cannabinoids pass messages between the brain, nervous system and immune system. These messages help balance key body functions ranging from mood, sleep, appetite and memory. Additionally, they help coordinate the production of hormones, as well as our growth and development. Our endocannabinoid system is also involved in regulating inflammation, pain perception and immune responses. CBD (an “external” approximation of cannabinoid) interacts with some of your cannabinoid receptors but not others, which speaks to the limits of its effectiveness. CBC oil is taken as a liquid or tincture, a topical ointment or a vape/e-liquid.

For what does CBD oil work?

I am not going to dismiss the benefits (whether placebo or real) that individuals receive after taking CBD oil. However, I will emphasize the difference in what is known and what’s suspected.

  • The only FDA-approved indication for CBD oil is for epilepsy (seizure disorders). Therefore, that means every other suggested use has insufficient medical research to have established a consensus and approval for use by the FDA.
  • CBD oil has not been shown to be conclusively effective against anxiety, sleeplessness and inflammation (particularly of the joints). Unfortunately, the medical research does not yet support these claims.

If I choose to use it anyway, about what should I be concerned?

Your concerns should include the lack of quality control and potential side effects.

  • Research has found that when tested, approximately seven of ten CBD products don’t control the amount of CBD cited on the label. Additionally, about 20% of products actually included THC (the portion of marijuana producing the intoxication). Simply put, the lack of FDA regulation means you have no assurances about what you’re actually taking.
  • Side effects of note include an increase in your liver enzymes (which could reflect damage to the liver) and interactions with other drugs. CBD oil increases the blood level of other anti-seizure drugs. As a result, the potential side effects of these other drugs can become enhanced.

Summary

The sum total is if you take CBD, you shouldn’t be just grabbing it from over the counter. You should be under the care of a physician who is looking at the entirety of your health. You should be considering how and if adding CBD can enhance your health or is safe. As recently as 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported fifty-two cases of illness tied to products that were falsely labeled as CBD. Above all, ask yourself: as a consumer, how do you know a product not approved or regulated by the FDA either is what it says it is, works or is safe? Let the buyer beware.

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