Unfortunately, due to our busy lifestyles and our constant need to be switched on to technology, many of us are plagued by insomnia. With the growing popularity of more natural alternatives over pharmaceutical drugs, CBD oil for insomnia is looking more attractive than ever. But what is CBD oil? Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid extracted from the cannabis plant, and diluted with a carrier oil. The cannabis plant has been studied for its medicinal benefits for decades, and now, due to new laws, we can enjoy those benefits that the cannabis plant may bring. So, the question stands: does CBD oil help with insomnia? Let’s take a look at some other advantages that the plant may bring and see how that ties in with helping for insomnia.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF CBD OIL
CBD oil can offer relief from pain, anxiety and depression – it could also help with your heart health as well as protect your brain, and may even have antipsychotic effects. Many of these factors affect our sleep, and our sleep is also affected by many of these factors. All of this points to CBD oil having the potential of having a calming effect on our bodies. Inside our bodies, we have a highly sophisticated system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system regulates the functions affected by the things mentioned above – such as our sleep patterns, how our immune system responds when under attack, our appetite as well as how we respond to pain.
When the endocannabinoids inside our bodies come into contact with the cannabinoids found in CBD oil, it will bind to the cannabinoids. This in turn interacts with neurotransmitters and may have a calming and anti-inflammatory effect. In instances when people smoke marijuana, they get the high, and then among other things it is said that they get a good nights’ sleep. CBD oil has the effect of giving the potential benefits of the marijuana plant without the brain-altering effects. So, CBD oil may calm our brains and bodies, and give us mental well-being – but how does this tie-in with better sleep?
CBD OIL AND INSOMNIA
Sometimes our sleep patterns are affected by things that occur in our brains and in our bodies. So, for example, if you have anxiety and stress, your sleep may be affected by this. Similarly, if you have depression you may struggle to sleep due to worrying all the time. If you have pain or some other physical ailment, your sleep will also be affected. So, where insomnia is a symptomatic display of other ailments and conditions, CBD may be able to alleviate the condition and therefore the insomnia.
Where sleep disorders, for example REM behavior disorder is an issue, CBD oil works with our nervous system to calm the nerves and relax our bodies. REM disorder is where people are not paralyzed while dreaming so they will act out their dream physically, and CBD oil may help with this. You don’t even have to have REM disorder for CBD to help you – REM means rapid eye movement and it’s that part of sleep where we dream and sleep at our lightest. By reducing REM sleep, we get better quality, deeper sleep.
Overall, CBD oil may help us get better sleep because of its anti-anxiety effect on the brain. Our neurotransmitters all contain components that may help with mood, depression, anxiety and sleep, and CBD oil helps these transmitters, making their jobs easier than if we hadn’t taken some CBD oil.
Everyone reacts differently, and it’s important to consult a practitioner before putting anything new into your body – especially if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, on medication, or have an existing condition. If you have any questions about insomnia and how CBD oil can help get in touch with us through the contact us page on our website – and don’t forget to purchase a bottle! or two.