In recent years, CBD oil has been gaining a lot of attention due to its supposed therapeutic effects. If you’ve spent any time online, you’ve likely seen bloggers, celebrities and even athletes singing its praises. They claim that CBD products can help with chronic pain, anxiety and even sleep problems.
However, it’s important to understand that the research on CBD oil, although very promising, is still in its early stages. Most academic studies make it a point to mention that more human trials are needed before we can truly grasp the effects of CBD on the body.
That being said, most researchers do have a general theory on how this chemical compound functions. Since CBD products have become quite popular, it’s essential that consumers have a basic understanding of its main ingredient.
In this blog, we’re going to focus primarily on how CBD oil affects our sleeping patterns. Hopefully, this will help you set realistic expectations and decide whether or not CBD is for you.
CBD and The Human Body
First, let’s briefly discuss what we currently understand about CBD. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. It is one of many cannabinoids that interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a biological system that is composed of various cannabinoid receptors. In simple terms, these receptors help regulate various physical and mental processes within our bodies. Our ECS helps us manage our appetite, emotional state, pain-sensation and memory. It is also said to influence more complicated processes like pregnancy, addictive behaviour and sleep.
CBD is believed to be able to interact with our ECS in such a way that improves various aspects of our physiological and cognitive well-being.
It’s also important to note that a lot of CBD products also contain another cannabinoid called THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC has similar effects to the CBD. The biggest difference, however, is that THC has a psychoactive component. This component is responsible for giving users a feeling of euphoria or sedation. In some cases, this psychoactive influence may have a detrimental effect on our bodies.
Keep in mind that more research is needed to truly understand the biological mechanisms that CBD uses to produce its therapeutic effects. As of writing this article, we still don’t fully understand how cannabinoids interact with our ECS.
CBD and Sleep
Since the studies on CBD is still in its early phases, our understanding of how CBD affects our sleep is also still a little unclear.
For one, the effects of CBD sometimes depend on the dosage. One study suggests that a 300 or 600 mg dose of CBD oil helped research participants sleep by decreasing levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. However, another research paper found that a 25 mg dose of CBD was able to help participants with anxiety but not their troubled sleeping patterns.
For some people, this can be problematic as some countries have a limit on how much CBD one can take as an over-the-counter treatment. For example, the TGA in Australia only allows a 150 mg dose of CBD each day. Additionally, taking a high dose of CBD might also lead to sedation as well as other unwanted side effects like diarrhea and reduced appetite.
Some studies have also suggested that CBD can help us sleep by treating other symptoms that impair our ability to rest. Research has shown that CBD might be able to help us with chronic pain, epileptic seizures, anxiety and depression. By reducing the symptoms of these conditions, some users might experience better sleep.
We hope that this has given a clearer understanding of how CBD affects our bodies. Since the jury is still out with CBD oils, we recommend talking to a healthcare professional if you’re interested in taking CBD products for non-medical purposes. Before purchasing anything online, it’s also essential that you fully understand the laws regarding CBD in your country or state.