Published on September 26th, 2019 | by Sumit Bhowal0
The Benefits of CBD Oil for Sleep
Do you toss and turn in bed at night trying to fall asleep? Do you keep waking up throughout the night and feel as though you haven’t had a good night’s rest? You are not alone.
Insomnia and other sleeping disorders impact the quality of life of millions of people worldwide. Those who use prescription and over-the-counter drugs to help them sleep complain about the side effects. This is why many people are now using CBD as a safe alternative with little to no side effects.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a chemical found in the cannabis plant. It does not have the psychoactive effects of THC, another compound found in cannabis. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp, which contains less than 0.3% of THC, so they will not get you high.
When you don’t get enough sleep, it can affect you mentally, physically and emotionally. If this happens over an extended period of time, it can even cause serious health issues, like heart disease. Some recent studies are showing that the use of CBD helps to increase sleep amounts and benefit sleep in other ways.
Why CBD helps you to sleep
CBD can potentially affect the quality of your sleep because of the way it works within your body. For instance, CBD reduces anxiety, which in turn can lead to a better night’s sleep. It reduces muscle tension within the body and promotes relaxation. Chronic pain can also prevent sleep and CBD helps to relieve pain.
How CBD does this is in the way it interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system of the human body. This system helps to maintain balance within the body, regulating various functions, including sleep patterns.
CBD assists it to do so by encouraging the body to produce more of its own cannabinoids. It also prevents anandamide, an endocannabinoid linked with anxiety, from breaking down.
Choosing the right product
When using CBD oil for sleep, there are a variety of products you can choose from. Some of them are short-acting and help you to fall asleep faster. Others are long-acting and can help you to stay asleep.
Make sure you pick a product that addresses your particular problem. A vaporizer is short-acting because it takes effect quickly, but the effects only last for about an hour. Edibles or capsules can take up to two hours to take effect, but the effects typically last for six to eight hours.
The correct dosage
When taking CBD to help you sleep, there is no exact dosage. The amount you will need varies according to your age, gender and weight. As mentioned above, the type of product you use makes a difference as some products interact differently with the body than others.
The concentration also matters and this refers to the total amount of CBD in a product, which is measured in milligrams. This is different from dosage, which refers to the amount of CBD per serving. For instance, if a bottle of tincture has a concentration of 1500mg, you don’t ingest 1500mg with each dosage. A standard serving size of 1mL contains approximately 50mg of CBD.
It is always best to start with a small dosage and gradually work your way up until you start feeling the effects. A rule of thumb many people apply when taking CBD is to begin with a milligram of CBD to 10 pounds of body weight.
CBD isn’t toxic and if you gradually increase the dosage, you’re unlikely to experience any side effects. Although side effects are rare, there are some people who experience symptoms such as nausea, dry mouth, or diarrhea.
A recent report by the National Cancer Institute notes that overdosing on CBD is almost impossible. That being said, it is also important to note that consumers should buy CBD products from reliable brands that submit their products to third-party testing. Any adverse reactions to a product may be due to undisclosed ingredients or synthetically produced CBD.
In many cases, side effects occur due to the interaction of the CBD with other medications you’re taking. This is why you should always consult with your doctor first before taking CBD if you are using other medications.