We’ve all had nights when, no matter how hard we tried, our wandering minds kept us from getting some much-needed sleep. If you find yourself constantly struggling to sleep then you’re not alone. In fact, according to a recent survey, almost 80 percent of people have trouble sleeping at least once a week.
Now, you’d think that with so many people having troubles with insomnia someone would’ve found a solution by now, and perhaps they have.
From lonely enthusiasts trying it on their own to research labs running scientific studies, there is a growing amount of evidence that suggests that CBD oil could be the answer to our midnight prayers. But is it as good as its proponents say?
CBD helps calm the nervous system
For years, cannabis enthusiasts have been using marijuana to help them relax and sleep better.
Now, new information released by the World Health Organization shows that while cannabinoids containing THC may help a person fall and stay sleep, CBD is more effective because it doesn’t have the psychedelic effects of THC.
Which makes sense when you think about it. After all, creating a high which excites your nervous system is the last thing you want to do before you go to bed.
Plus, experts have found that CBD oil helps promote the release of the sleep-inducing chemicals behind the feeling of drowsiness which often results in that deep, restorative sleep we so desperately need.
CBD oil could help reduce your anxiety
A lot of times sleep deprivation is the result of unresolved issues. No matter how hard we try, our minds don’t seem to be made to leave our work at the office or our personal problems out of our beds. And here’s where CBD oil comes in handy.
Studies show that CBD use can offer relief to people dealing with anxiety and chronic pain. CBD’s ability to interact with the serotonin and GABA receptors that lie in our brain allows it to regulate our mood by activating these receptors’ natural inhibitory properties.
This isn’t unique to CBD, though, because drugs like benzodiazepines target the same neurotransmitters. However, the fact that CBD is a natural compound could make it a much healthier alternative to antidepressants.
The dosage you take can make all the difference
The lack of conclusive research on what makes an optimal CBD dosage makes it hard to give a one-size-fits-all answer on the matter. Still, there are some guidelines you can follow.
For starters, CBD shouldn’t be seen as a long-term solution as studies seem to point to CBD losing its ability to improve sleep the longer it’s used. Short-term use for no more than a month could be the best solution, but if the problem returns its best to take a couple of months off before re-starting its use.
Studies show that higher doses, around 160 mg, seem to work better than lower ones, between 15-25 mg, since the latter are better suited to make people feel more wakeful during the day. Still, even if you’re using CBD to fall sleep you should start with a modest dose, say 30 mg, and then slowly work your way up.
Although we can’t say for sure that CBD oil is the solution to insomnia, there seems to be enough scientific and anecdotal evidence to suggest that’s the case. Plus, it certainly looks like it’s more effective than counting sheep or drinking a glass of warm milk. So, why not give it a try?