12 Nov CBD for Insomnia – Cannabidiol & Sleep Disorders
First of all, let’s find out what CBD actually is. Are there any experts and generally knowledgeable people among us? Then please bear with me while I explain to the newbies that have no knowledge about CBD, what this substance is:
CBD is the short term for Cannabidiol, which is one of about 80 Cannabinoids found in Cannabis.
Yes, that Cannabis, which is commonly known as Marijuana among the greater percentage of the world’s population, and which is more than often still considered to be synonymous with illegal drugs, narcotics, psychoactive substances, etc. (whichever term you prefer to use when talking about substances that can make you “high”). But indiscriminately perceiving Cannabis as a “damaging drug” is presumptuous, to say the least.
CBD and THC – Psychoactivity
Did you know that of all the substances making up Cannabis as a complete plant, only one can cause a psychoactive effect when Cannabis is taken into the body by means of consumption, inhaling or topical application?
And that substance is not Cannabidiol, but its sister Cannabinoid called Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC for short).
Another interesting fact that is not commonly known, is that alcoholic beverages, which are completely legally obtainable globally, are also psychoactive and can cause far more damage to your body (and your relationships) than Cannabis. Especially when referring to Cannabis strains that are low in THC, but high in CBD.
Recent research on the effects of various Cannabis-derived substances in the human body has positively determined that CBD has no psychoactive properties whatsoever.
Also interesting to note, is that CBD actually counteracts the psychoactive activities of THC, meaning that a strain of Cannabis that contains a percentage equal to or higher than the percentage of THC in the same strain, will have little to no psychoactive effect on the consumer.
Legality of Cannabinoids
However, whatever the case may be, Cannabis is still outlawed in most parts of the world, and Medical Cannabis strains and products are globally controlled to the extent that the percentage of THC in such a product should be equal to or lower than 0.3% in order to be legal.
As mentioned earlier, research has shown that CBD and CBD containing products have no psychoactive properties whatsoever and that CBD counteracts the psychoactive effect of THC on the human body.
CBD Hemp Oil is a variety of CBD Oil that is derived from Hemp, which is a strain of Cannabis that contains virtually no THC but is rich in CBD. Because of this absence of THC in the Hemp plant, Hemp is completely legal globally, and so are the products that are manufactured from it.
CBD for Insomnia
One such condition that can be treated with CBD, is Insomnia. In the United States alone, approximately 70 million citizens suffer from insomnia, and that figure grows significantly when the rest of the world is taken into account.
It has been determined that, in small doses, CBD can effectively treat insomnia, ensuring a good night’s rest without the alarming side effects of conventional drugs that are commonly used to treat insomnia. CBD keeps you alert when you need to be awake, and induces sleep when you need to sleep.
According to the most recent research, Cannabidiol (CBD) may be a viable option for treating people who suffer from insomnia.
Different doses of CBD was administered to groups of rats in order to compare their sleep habits, and a control group was given no CBD at all. Results were that those rats treated with CBD have shown a larger total amount of sleep time than those in the control group.
CBD was found to have an overall effect of having larger amounts of total time sleeping. It was also determined that the rats were less inclined to fall asleep during the daytime, resulting in the rats getting enough sleep during the nights, inducing a normal wake/sleep pattern
Wakefulness at day – sleepy at night
It has been found that administering CBD to rats during the day promoted wakefulness. Rats that were deprived of sleep during the night found it easier to stay awake during the day and, essentially, rats that received CBD under those conditions slept normally the next night and did not seem to need extra sleep (sleep rebound) that would usually be the case after a night of poor sleep. Note that humans also experience sleep rebound when they do not get enough sleep.
These exciting results suggest that CBD may have a much more intricate role in regulating sleep, and may be of higher significance in natural sleep-related patterns than potentially addictive conventional drugs that are usually prescribed by medical professionals for treating sleep disorders, and specifically insomnia.
Note, however, that these are early findings that will need to be followed by studies with humans. Sleeping well is the key to feeling healthy and energetic all day long. New findings will be reported as soon as results are available.