Does CBD Provide Benefits For Sleep Troubles And Insomnia?
There is no denying that mankind has been using cannabis for its benefits well before our recorded history. In the Hindu text Atharva Veda, dating back at least 3,000 years, cannabis is mentioned as one of the five sacred plants. A Chinese medical text Heart Text of Bian Que (Bian Que Xin Shu, 1127–1270 AD) describes a cannabis remedy known as sagacious sleep powder (shui sheng san). People are still using cannabis today to help them sleep particularly with the use of CBD known in the scientific world as cannabidiol.
It’s understandable why those suffering with sleep trouble are giving CBD a try. Many of todays over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions aren’t very effective and contain side effects that are much worse than missing a few hours of sleep. Dr. Daniel Kripke conducted a study in 2016 showing that prescription sleep medications show an increased risk for cancer, depression, and infection. That is in addition to the common side effects such as excessive drowsiness and drug dependence.
Unfortunately poor sleep is common in the U.S. and issues with sleep are at the top of medical complaints for Americans. And for good reason because lack of proper sleep over time creates many health concerns including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. The importance of a good night’s sleep can not be overstated.
Studies Showing CBD As An Effective Sleep Aid
Published by the Kaiser-Permanente health insurance company in The Permanente Journal a study looked at records of 72 patients treated with for either poor sleep or anxiety with CBD. The three month analysis determined anxiety levels declined even for those who were being treating for sleep issues. This shows CBD may help with sleeping by easing anxiety.
A 2019 study regarding cannabidiol in anxiety and sleep shows potential benefits for short-term sleep issues. Additionally, in a Current Psychiatry Reports journal, the 2017 review of sleep and cannabis research suggests that CBD affects sleep directly by its interaction with receptors in our bodies that help to regulate our circadian rhythm.
People often claim that CBD helps them sleep and at the same time there is scientific evidence that lower doses of CBD promotes alertness and wakefulness. So how does it make any sense that CBD would help with sleep? Simply put, because CBD has proven calming effects people will experience a better quality of sleep. This is not because of sedation but instead because of the calmness or relaxation that CBD provides. Consequently, this also creates a more relaxing wakeful period. 🙂
Sleep disorders are a major health concern with many long-term issues. Before beginning to take CBD to help sleep please consult your doctor. Below are some sleep disorder statistics for the U.S.
– 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder.
– Insomnia is the most common specific sleep disorder, with short term issues reported by about 30% of adults and chronic insomnia by 10%
– 37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month.
– 4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month.- Drowsy driving is responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 non-fatal injuries annually in the United States.
CBD is one of many powerful cannabinoids found in hemp known for helping to support our body and mind. Here at Healing Dragon CBD we do not intend to make unfounded medical claims about the health benefits of CBD. The FDA has not confirmed that CBD cures, treats, or prevents any diseases or conditions. Before reading this article please take a moment to read our full disclosure statement.