CBD & Insomnia
Everyone has trouble sleeping from time to time, as much as 80% of our population struggles at least once a week. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. For some it’s more of a chronic issue, occurring at least three times per week for months on end. Lack of sleep can lead to daytime functional impairment that affects your daily life with feelings of irritability, depression, anxiety, lack of focus, difficulty with memory, and increased errors and accidents.
Many of the existing treatments for insomnia are not very effective and can be risky. Side effects of frequently prescribed medications such as Lunesta, Sonata, Ambien, etc. can include anything from headaches and dry mouth to balance issues, diarrhea, constipation, sleep walking, changes in appetite and grogginess that lasts into the next day. They can also be dangerous for people who have chronic breathing issues such as asthma, emphysema, or COPD.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has recently exploded in popularity because of its potential health benefits. Several studies have shown promising results. What is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound found in therapeutic hemp plants (cannabis sativa). Cannabis has been used for its possible health benefits, for centuries. A Chinese medical text dated 1200 A.D. describes using cannabis as a sleep aid.
Some research shows that CBD may affect sleep directly by interacting with receptors in our endocannabinoid systems that control the body’s daily sleep and wake cycles. Other research suggests that CBD may work by alleviating anxiety and pain, thereby producing an overall feeling of relaxation and resulting in a more restful sleep. While prescription drugs may still be necessary for some, CBD may be a safe, non-habit forming, and natural alternative. As always, talk with your doctor about drug interactions or before stopping any prescription medications.
CBD is great for your pets, too! Though your pets may not suffer from insomnia in the same way you do, CBD may relax them on those long, stressful car rides to your vacation destination, while meeting new people or for trips to the vet.