CBD Oil and Insomnia

Do you experience difficulty falling asleep at night? Do you find yourself irritable in the mornings, waking up not feeling well-rested? If you are one of the nearly 50% of the global population that suffers from insomnia, odds are you’ve tried many things to help with getting a restful night’s sleep, from conventional medication to aromatherapy and beyond, all with varying levels of efficacy. Research is suggesting that non-psychoactive, hemp-derived CBD might be another potential option in the fight against insomnia– could it be for you?

About Insomnia

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Affecting up to 50% of people worldwide, insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders. It is characterized by a difficulty in falling asleep, but can also involve difficulty staying asleep, as well as waking up too early and being unable to get back to sleep. Insomnia can be caused by a number of factors, including stress, anxiety, lifestyle and other underlying medical conditions– making it a good idea to consult a physician before taking treatment into your own hands. Whether it is short term (acute) or long-term (chronic), insomnia can be debilitating.

Lack of sleep can lead to difficulties with focus, irritability, and an overall reduction in quality of life. There are many treatments that have shown effective for insomnia, from supplements such as melatonin, to aromatherapy, sedatives, and recently, CBD supplementation.

What is CBD?

CBD– or cannabidiol, is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant. It is a non-psychoactive compound (in other words, it won’t get you high). There has been evidence in a number of studies pointing to CBD’s efficacy as an anti-inflammatory, as well as its central nervous system calming effects, making it beneficial for many conditions including anxiety. CBD can be found in non-THC rich hemp strains, meaning that it can be extracted from industrial hemp– making CBD-rich hemp oil a non-psychoactive, non black-market option for those not wishing to get high in order to get a good night’s rest.

CBD and Insomnia

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The calming effects of hemp oil have been documented across several studies, showing improvement in both duration and quality of sleep, as well as a reduction in anxiety. The compounds interact with receptors in the body (the endocannabinoid system), including in the brain. At least one of these receptors is known to have an effect on the circadian rhythm (the sleep-wake cycle), which is where it is believed the benefits of CBD might lie. In addition to CBD, hemp seed oil is rich in anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids, another nutrient that has been shown to have a beneficial effect on sleep.

CBD is also known for its anti-anxiety effects, making it optimal for those whose insomnia is linked to stress or anxiety. Because it does not get you high, users find that they wake up well-rested and not groggy– a common concern with many traditional sleep medications. In addition to the benefit of waking up well-rested and refreshed, CBD supplementation is remarkably safe: there have been no reports of CBD overdose on record anywhere.

How to Find CBD Oil for Insomnia

There are many sources through which one can acquire high quality hemp-based CBD, both based in the UK and abroad. Tessellate Collective is one of these sources, providing a range of full-spectrum UK sourced CBD oils. When considering your options for CBD oils, there are a number of factors to bear in mind, including price, potency, and purity. Sourcing your CBD through a reputable retailer will help ensure these factors are well taken care of.

When looking into treating your insomnia, consider researching CBD supplementation as an option as well. Good luck, and sweet dreams!

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/