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Does CBD Have Risks when Taken for Sleep Issues?
These disorders have been known to disturb sleep, or keep sleepers awake. Pain and anxiety are regular symptoms and causes of these disorders, so anything that may help with that is likely to be of assistance to these disorders.
But there is a discussion to be had about the effects of CBD oil on sleep.
Being calm and relaxed during sleep can also help with numerous sleep disorders including REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD) and others which have been known to create anxiety and discomfort during sleep.
It is impossible to say for sure what medical conditions CBD oils will and won’t be officially recognised as being able to help or alleviate. But it is certainly an interesting time in terms of scientific research and acceptance.
Since the introduction of CBD oil as a product for medicinal use, there has been a lot of discussion and research around its uses as a treatment for insomnia.
Research published in 2019 looked at whether CBD could improve sleep and or reduce anxiety. The study involved 72 subjects, with 47 experiencing anxiety and 25 experiencing poor sleep. The subjects were each given 25 milligrams (mg) of CBD in capsule form each day. In the first month, 79.2 percent of the patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported better sleep.
There are different active ingredients within cannabis – the ingredient CBD is well known for its calming effects as a cannabinoid.
For many people, the calming effects of CBD as a specific active ingredient help them to live their lives without the difficulties that come with lack of sleep.
Many things can cause you to sleep badly. According to the Mayo Clinic, insomnia can be caused by:
Most negative effects of CBD medications and products are mild. For example, patients who use Epidiolex may experience diarrhea or other gastrointestinal issues. Some people may experience drowsiness when they take CBD. Other negative effects experienced with CBD may be due to an interaction between the CBD and other medications the patient is taking.
While not a sleep disorder itself, anxiety can contribute to poor quality sleep, insufficient sleep, and sleep disorders. Because CBD calms the nervous system, early research indicates that CBD can be used to treat anxiety-related disorders. One study showed that nearly 80% of participants who used CBD to treat their anxiety reported lower anxiety levels within a month. Sleep initially improved in more than 65% percent of participants, followed by fluctuating results.
CBD, the other commonly known cannabinoid, can be legally sold in the U.S. when extracted from hemp and marketed according to relevant regulations. CBD does not have psychoactive properties and does not bring about the same effects as THC. Also, CBD does not have effects that would lead to potential dependency or risk of abuse.
How Can CBD Help With Sleep Disorders?
Currently, there is insufficient research to determine the effectiveness of CBD in treating other health conditions. However, preliminary research suggests CBD can help with a number of sleep disorders, including insomnia REM sleep behavior disorder, and excessive daytime sleepiness disorder. Additional preliminary research suggests CBD can also help patients improve sleep and reduce anxiety.
While there are many different slang terms for the green, narrow-leafed plant you may recognize, the plant is scientifically called Cannabis sativa. The word “cannabis” can be used to describe any products made from the plant. Cannabis plants contain multiple chemical compounds, including a group referred to as “cannabinoids.” Out of more than 100 cannabinoids, researchers have primarily studied two that appear to have the greatest impact on humans: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD.
Most commonly known effects of cannabis, such as “getting high,” are caused by the cannabinoid, THC. The term “marijuana” specifically refers to parts of the Cannabis sativa plant that contain THC.
People who suffer from insomnia experience difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep at night. This disorder affects daytime wakefulness, ability to concentrate, and mood. Because of their history of poor sleep, people with insomnia may suffer from anxiety about getting inadequate sleep, which can then increase sleeplessness at night.