Can CBD Aid In Your Sleep?

People have long used cannabis for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Some will smoke ahead of a workout to combat inflammation or help with anxiety management. Others report eating edibles before bed or after a long day to help unwind. In just the last few years, the medical use of marijuana and CBD has increased dramatically. More specifically, studies have discovered a direct correlation between CBD and benefits for insomnia symptoms, potentially answering every insomniac’s question of how to sleep restfully.

Cannabis derives from compounds within the plant called cannabinoids that are responsible for effects on the brain. The two most prevalent cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both are psychoactive but impact the brain differently and unlike THC, CBD is not impairing.

People use CBD for many purposes such as reducing anxiety, seizures, and pain management and According to Medical News Today, some studies have demonstrated direct effects of CBD on sleep, but before testing it out as a sleep aid, users should be aware of the varying CBD dosages for insomnia and other conditions. 

Certified Sleep Coach Ryan Fiorenzi explains with a chart at Start Sleeping that there is no one correct CBD dosage that will work for everyone, but there are some general guidelines. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not provide any specific dosage recommendations, experts recommend around 1-6 milligrams (mg) per every 10 pounds of body weight. If you weigh 100 pounds, you could take 10-60 mg. If you weigh 150 pounds, you could take 15-90 mg and so on. How much you take depends on several factors like age, sex, metabolic rate, quality of the product, and the reason for use – CBD dosages for insomnia might not be the same as dosages for pain, anxiety, or depression.

How Does It Help You Sleep Restfully?

Although CBD continues to be investigated, it has proven to provide health benefits for anxiety, pain management, inflammation, cognitive issues, sleep disruption, and more. While there is no hard science declaring CBD’s effectiveness, experts rely heavily on anecdotal evidence to highlight just how impactful it can be. 

According to the experts at Hempland, there are direct effects of CBD on sleep. CBD interacts with two receptors in our body: CB1 and CB2. These receptors are linked to our nervous system and when stimulated, they carry a variety of benefits for our health. CB1 receptors are found in the brain and aid with regulating moods and managing neuropathic pain. CB2 receptors exist throughout the body and combat issues like inflammation making CBD an excellent solution for tackling common neurological problems like physical discomfort or increased anxiety, issues that often cause sleeplessness or reduce our sleep quality.

The great thing about CBD is that it can be administered in various methods ranging from oils and tinctures, to vapes, creams, and more. Each medium comes with its own strengths and can be specially picked to fit your specific needs, lifestyle, and routine. Whether you prefer eating edibles before bed, or dropping the oil directly under your tongue, the benefits of CBD remain constant. 

CBD may interfere with other medications, so if you’re considering CBD for a severe case of insomnia, consult your doctor and sleep specialist to determine the appropriate starting dosage and develop a treatment plan.