CBD For Insomnia, We Need Sleep.
NO SLEEP x THE RESULT
Insomnia is a condition characterized as an inability to fall asleep or problems staying asleep, which can be related to poor sleeping habits, depression, anxiety, lack of physical activity and certain illnesses. Insomnia, along with other sleep disorders currently affect around 25% of Americans today and is considered to be treatable, but not curable. Additionally, research has shown that people with chronic insomnia are more likely to develop or have depression and vice versa.
Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the main constituents of cannabis has been known to possess therapeutic and hypnotic effects that have also been known to improve sleep duration and the overall quality of sleep. A recent clinical review stated that a crossover trial comparing CBD for insomnia (40, 80, and 160 mg) versus a placebo and nitrazepam (5 mg) among 15 insomniac subjects indicated that duration of sleep significantly improved post administration of the 160 mg/day CBD, but not in the smaller doses. The investigators did go on to explain that dream recall in these participants was reduced Zhornitsky et al., 2012. An additional study conducted by Lafaye, et al., 2018 would support the previous findings of Zhornitsky. The study looked to identify disturbances in circadian rhythm following CBD for sleep or THC administration and found consistency with clinical trials that state the therapeutic effects of CBD for sleep, but not THC to treat insomnia by improving the balance of circadian rhythm. This ultimately allows the body’s natural ability to control sleep and the regulation of sleep with the administration of CBD, although further research is still needed to prove these results.
SLEEP x SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Studies have also reported that 28% of those who deal with chronic insomnia have utilized alcohol as a sleeping aid. Additionally, a study reported that individuals who suffer from insomnia, or insomnia like symptoms more than two times per week were likely to develop traits of alcoholism over a years time. This report does not take into consideration narcotic abuse associated with insomnia, however it acts as an example of the issues people can face with sleep disorders. Cannabidiol (CBD) acts as a natural sleep aid that enables the regulation of your body’s natural sleep cycle, rather than masking your poor sleeping cycles with unhealthy substances such as alcohol and narcotics.
Although reporting on dose-dependent responses of CBD for insomnia have yet to be determined, often times full spectrum CBD products provide notable therapeutic responses with smaller doses versus the pure CBD isolate. This enables consumers to start very small and work their way into a perfect dose that optimizes the therapeutic applications for insomnia and sleep disorders.
APPLICATIONS x CBD
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Cannabinoid options of application:
Transdermal (Skin)-Topical Salve: This application is typically used for acute and direct application. Such as an ankle sprain, arthritis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia and migraines. Full-spectrum salves provide a whole panel of cannabinoids for increased potency.
Tinctures: Tincture oils are utilized in full-spectrum form (whole plant derived) and Isolated forms (Pure CBD) that are applied directly under the tongue or mixed in water. This form is typically used for direct application to the central nervous system and the entire body for ailments like anxiety, stress, epilepsy, insomnia, depression, PTSD, autoimmune responses, ADHD, cancer, systemic inflammatory disease such as, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. All applications are available as CBD isolate, broad spectrum and full spectrum.
Soft Gels: Full-spectrum soft gels essentially have the same application as tincture oils. The difference is that each soft gel is measured to a specific milligram to provide a consumer with a perfectly measured dose of CBD. This would be used for any ailments one might use CBD for, including all the ones listed above.
Superfood powder: Super food green powder has a broad range of greens, phytonutrients, vitamins and of course CBD. This application is great to give some a nice, clean energy boost before a workout or just to get your day started naturally with improved focus.
- Zhornitsky S, Potvin S. Cannabidiol in humans-The quest for therapeutic targets. Pharmaceuticals2012;
- Lafaye, G., Desterke, C., Marulaz, L., and Benyamina, A. (2018) Cannabidiol affects circadian clock core complex and its regulation in microglia cells. Addiction Biology, https://doi.org/10.1111/adb.12660.
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Kai Pattison was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Kai graduated with a Master’s degree in clinical physiology from Point Loma Nazarene University. He is very passionate about human physiology and the applications in sport performance, recovery and clinical diagnostics. Kai has specialized in cardiopulmonary diagnostics, exercise induced energy expenditure and metabolism. Kai has also gained extensive research experience at UCSD on Parkinson’s disease. He enjoys educating and informing people on the importance of exercise to reduce risk of multiple inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. His passion for alternative medicine enables him to strive when promoting health and wellness.