CBD and Sleep - What Does the Research Say?

For a lot of people these days, sleep is a precious commodity. If you are someone suffering from insomnia, you’re not alone.  Approximately 30% of the general population reports sleep disruption according to the National Institutes of Health. Can CBD help? 

CBD and Insomnia

Recently, studies have shown CBD has the potential to help with insomnia. Research shows The Endocannabinoid System regulates many bodily functions, including mood, appetite, sleep, and regulating circadian rhythms. Some research has found CBD may interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors, potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle. CBD may also contribute to reducing symptoms of anxiety and pain, which can interfere with getting a full night’s sleep.

Is there Potential for CBD as a Sleep Aid?

While much research is still needed, a small (but growing) amount of scientific studies provide some support for CBD as a sleep aid. In 2019, a study was published suggesting CBD may help people with short - term sleep problems.

Dr. Joseph Maroon, a clinical professor and neurosurgeon was interviewed in 2019 for an article on CBD and sleep. In the article Dr. Maroon states, “CBD has properties that could help some people sleep better. Most notably, he says, it appears to ease anxiety and pain, both of which can make it harder to fall asleep or stay asleep. Maroon says he doesn’t see CBD as a treatment for insomnia, but instead as an “alternative natural method to help calm anxious thoughts that often delay or interrupt natural sleep.” Maroon urges those with insomnia to see their doctor before using any treatment. Still, he notes that if you occasionally have difficulty sleeping, CBD is considered a safe, non-habit-forming, natural alternative.”

A review from the journal Current Psychiatry Reports in 2017 eludes to the possibility that CBD could affect sleep more directly, because (as mentioned above) it interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain which govern sleep/wake cycles.

Can CBD Improve Sleep?

There have also been many studies on a smaller scale supporting the use of CBD oil for improving sleep. One example of a case study from 2016 explored using CBD for a 10-year-old girl suffering from PTSD and poor sleep. She was given 25mg of CBD at bedtime, with 6mg - 12mg being given throughout the day. The results were the amount of sleep and quality of sleep gradually improved for her over five months.

What Does the Current Research Mean for CBD and Sleep?

What does all this mean? While there are plenty of studies and research implying that CBD can improve sleep, the results are not conclusive and more scientific research needs to be done. However, the future looks promising. If you think CBD may work for you and improve your overall wellness, we recommend reaching out to your Doctor to see if Dr. Tom’s CBD is right for you. Have a good night’s rest! 

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