CBD for insomnia and poor sleep quality. Does it work?

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There are many reasons why a person can experience trouble falling asleep. For some people, it's an overactive mind that wont shut down. For others, it's a chemical imbalance with a out of whack circadian rhythm. 

Sleep is not a luxury!

Sleep is a crucial component in our daily recovery process. Without sleep there is no growth or healing, your immune system becomes compromised.

Sleep quality is probably more important than sleep quantity. As you sleep you enter various stages, in some stages you are more alert and in some stages, you wouldn't hear an elephant walking in your bedroom.

The deepest stage is called REM (Rapid Eye Movement). This is the stage where your body is on full recovery mode. 

The more you get into this stage, the better your sleep quality. This means you will feel well rested, more energetic during the day and better recovery time.

Falling asleep is step 1 but you need to make sure that step 2, sleep quality, is also there. or else you will feel like a zombie.

The common treatments for insomnia include pharmaceuticals like ambien, which can put you to sleep but might not improve sleep quality.

How is CBD different and how does it work?

Cannabinoids and CBD

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that bind or attach to certain receptors in the central nervous system and act as chemical messengers. Depending on the specific cannabinoid, it may have varied effects on the body.

The most well-known and probably most researched cannabinoids include cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). We know that THC is the cannabinoid that leads to the “buzz or high” from cannabis use.

CBD differs from THC and does not cause psychoactive effects or a “high.” Because it does not cause the psychoactive effects and it might help certain conditions, such as pain, anxiety, and insomnia, CBD is gaining traction as a possible treatment for several diseases.

The Endocannabinoid System and Sleep

Researchers discovered that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in maintaining certain body functions, such as mood, appetite, sleep, and regulating circadian rhythms. Within the endocannabinoid system is a network of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system.The two primary receptors identified are CB1 and CB2.

Cannabinoids attach to these cells and have various effects. As far as how they may affect sleep, some research indicates that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific receptors, potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle. 

Additionally, CBD may also decrease anxiety and pain, which can both interfere with restful sleep. By reducing certain symptoms, it’s also possible that sleep may improve.

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