What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that can affect anyone and causes those who suffer to experience a variety of symptoms such as difficulty falling asleep or waking in the night and being unable to fall back asleep. Those who suffer from insomnia are unable to get the healthy 7-8 hours of sleep that is recommended by health professionals. Long term insomnia can make concentrating more difficult, can negatively impact decision making and can also impact the immune system causing suffers to become ill more often. In short, lack of sleep causes problems that can negatively impact a suffers day to day functionality.
What is CBD?
CBD, an abbreviation for cannabidiol, is just one of many phytocannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. There are two species of cannabis plants, marijuana and hemp. These names are often used interchangeably by those who are not fully aware of cannabis, but these two strains are very different.
Marijuana is the strain that most people associate with cannabis, it is high in THC which is the psychoactive compound that causes users to feel high. It impacts the functionality of users by causing delayed responses, having a sedative effect that can leads to the user feeling ‘stoned’. Marijuana plants do contain CBD but in lower doses and the THC compound is more heavily present, usually less than 1% CBD and over 28% of THC. This is also the strain of cannabis that is illegal within the UK, but it legal in Canada and in some states in the USA. Marijuana is not used when making CBD products.
Hemp is the strain of cannabis that is used when making CBD products. Legally within the UK, hemp cannot contain more than 0.2% of the THC compound so no hemp strain contains nearly enough THC to cause the feeling of being high or impact on the cognitive functioning of the user. Hemp products as they have trace amount of THC, have high doses of the CBD compound which is non psychoactive so will not impact the user’s functionality or cognitive clarity. You may be wondering, if CBD doesn’t make me high, then what does it do? Well CBD has numerous benefits that have been seen to improve health conditions ranging from clearer skin, to reducing anxiety, reduce nausea in those going through chemotherapy, and even reducing spasms in those suffering from Parkinsons disease as well as many other conditions.
So, how does CBD actually work?
As CBD in a cannabinoid, it works by bonding with molecules in our endocannabinoid system that a system solely responses for homeostasis in the body, ensuring that our body is in equilibrium, regardless of any external factors. The endocannabinoid system runs throughout our entire body and has receptors in our skin, brain, spleen, reproductive organs, eyes, kidneys, liver, lungs just to name a few. The receptors in this system allow compounds to bond with cannabinoids that send signals to our brain. As this is cannabinoid system, our body naturally produces endocannabinoids that already communicate with these receptors, therefore any external cannabinoids can also bond with these receptors causing a boost in these cannabinoids that help to regulate our body homeostasis. In many people, low cannabinoid production can impact the bodies homeostasis, leaving some people to have a lower serotonin production (which causes depression), can even cause irritable bowel syndrome, or painful periods, low pain tolerance, migraines and other common health complaints. Therefore, taking a daily dose of CBD can help treat a deficiency in the same way that people take
any other vitamin thus improving moods, digestion, stress responses and pain management. Amazing, right?!
How can CBD help with Insomnia?
CBD drops or products work by restoring the bodies balance of compounds and that in turn helps to restore the body’s natural balance, this therefore will help build a healthy sleep cycle. By taking daily CBD drops, it will enable the body to not only have a better sleep cycle, but also enables the body to wake up more refreshed and alert too by increasing the bodies circadian rhythm. CBD drops don’t cause the user to feel drowsy, but the repeated use of CBD drops help the body to reach a state of homeostasis that includes increased mental clarity during the day and healthier sleep cycles at night. Although research into CBD and its numerous benefits are still new and despite more research being thoroughly needed, the benefits of CBD are now finally being recognised.
What dosage should I take?
Dosage is very dependent on the severity of your symptoms as well as your BMI. It isn’t a one size fits all, and it may take a little time before you figure out what dosage works best for you. Dosage can be 2-3 drops one to three times daily. But start lower and increase if necessary until you find what works best for your body.
Although this article has looked at current research and information relating to CBD and sleep disorders, it is not intended to serve in place of medical advice or to provide a diagnosis or cure. Always see your GP if you are struggling with any condition that is impacting you.
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