What is CBD?
CBD is one of the fastest growing treatment options for those who have insomnia, night terrors, and other sleep issues. Due to its healing qualities, CBD has become the first choice for many doctors and patients. In the past decade, numerous clinical trials have produced research supporting CBD as a viable source of treatment.
CBD originates in the cannabis plant. Cannabis has several compounds within it, categorized as “cannabinoids” by the scientific community. Cannabinoids are used in a variety of treatment options, assisting patients dealing with pain, inflammation, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and sleep. With so many healing qualities it’s no wonder CBD treatments have been taking off.
CBD is available as a supplement. You can also ingest CBD using sprays, liquids, or even bath bombs. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the famous compound found in cannabis, CBD does not contain any type of psychotropic or “high” feelings when ingested. This is why CBD is recommended more frequently in the medical community.
So, CBD or THC?
By now you may be wondering whether to use CBD or THC to assist with your sleep pattern. While these two cannabinoids are similar, there ARE differences and you should consider this decision carefully. THC has a profound effect on the body and the brain. Users of THC will often say that it induces drowsiness and will make them feel like they need to sleep. However, it does contain some psychotropic qualities that may not put one’s mind at ease. Inversely, THC may actually cause your mind to reel, which can be detrimental to your sleep/wake pattern. CBD has been found to relax users without having to deal with unexpected or the sometimes unpleasant psychotropic qualities that THC can produce. This is why CBD is the preferred way to treat insomnia in patients. It can also be used during the day when a user has errands to run or work to do that would be hindered by the psychotropic qualities found in THC.
Using CBD for a Better Night’s Sleep
But what about using CBD for sleeping? When it comes to assisting with sleep, CBD has been proven to reduce anxiety, a key factor behind why many toss and turn when it comes time to sleep. By suppressing or reducing anxiety, CBD allows you to get a good night’s sleep, and feel refreshed in the morning.
CBD has been shown to help those suffering from a syndrome known as REM Behavior Disorder. This dangerous disorder has to do with the body’s behavior during sleep. During sleep, the body goes into a sort of paralysis during REM. This is a natural way for the body to stay motionless while we dream. However, for some Parkinson’s patients, this REM paralysis is not activated and the body is free to move around while dreaming, causing potential harm to the person sleeping or their sleeping partners. CBD has been shown in clinical trials to reduce the number of symptoms associated with the disorder, prompting scientists to consider it a viable form of treatment.
With all of these benefits to sleep and other ailments, you might be wondering about any health risks that may be associated with using CBD oils, sprays, etc. The preliminary trials of CBD treatment have produced very favorable results but there are some things to remember. Some have claimed that CBD can cause dry mouth. This can be remedied by staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water when using CBD products. In some cases, drowsiness has been known to occur when using CBD oils or sprays. It should be noted that these side effects are rare. It’s important to speak to your general physician before you begin using any CBD products, especially if you are taking other medications that could interact with the effects of CBD. This will ensure your utmost safety and yield you the best results while using CBD.
Many doctors have embraced CBD and other hemp products due to the many medicinal benefits with minimal side effects. As more and more states legalize recreational and medical cannabis, the stigma associated with these powerful medicines has softened. In another decade or so, the use of cannabis for healing sleep disorders may be as commonplace as taking ibuprofen or other over the counter medications.
As the medical field starts to accept cannabis as a serious and viable treatment for sleep disorders and other medical conditions, patients are realizing that CBD has multiple qualities that make it a source for pain relief and calming the body. There are still several, practical, benefits to using CBD products that are yet to be discovered, but for sleeping disorders, the possibilities for using CBD seem endless.
Disclaimer: Any therapeutic claims of CBD contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are for information purposes only.