CBD and Sleep

CBD and Sleep

It is no secret that a good night’s sleep is not only desired, but directly affects your overall health and wellbeing. But for most adults, achieving the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep is slightly out of reach and can lead to a laundry list of negative consequences. This list includes lack of alertness, excessive daytime sleepiness, impaired memory and much more. Alternatively, getting the proper shut eye can ensure you feel well-rested and ready to tackle the day with energy, it can improve memory formation, repair your body, and prevent sickness.

So why is a good night's sleep so hard to obtain? For most people it can be a variety of underlying reasons including stress, anxiety, pain, inflammation, and even a restless leg, among others. Enter CBD, our favorite cannabinoid. When these conditions are supported by CBD, there is a much greater chance that you will get—and stay—asleep.

What is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of a myriad of phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant. It is also one of the most abundant and heavily researched cannabinoids and does not produce any intoxicating effects. CBD has been shown (in hundreds of case studies, as well as anecdotally) to have a wide range of benefits for the physiological system including fighting inflammation, lessening pain, reducing stress & anxiety, improved digestion, and more.

How Does CBD Work in Your body?

First off, it’s important to know that our bodies produce their own form of cannabinoids known as Anandamide and 2-AG or the “Bliss Molecule”. Which interact with our CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain and help with neuropsychological disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Where the CB2 receptors are found throughout the body and regulate inflammation and the immune system cell function. Again, our bodies produce these compounds naturally.

When we ingest CBD and other cannabinoids, they also get picked up by the CB1 and CB2 receptors to help us regulate neuropsychological disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, inflammation, and the immune system cell function. What more could we ask for?!

How can CBD Help with sleep?

Research shows that CBD has a calming effect on the nervous system20. CBD can also alter mood because it affects the serotonin system. With this in mind, the effects of taking CBD oil can in turn lead to a decrease in both stress and anxiety, allowing the body to reach a more restful state 😴

Having a high level of stress and anxiety can contribute to poor quality sleep, insufficient sleep, and sleep disorders. Because CBD calms the nervous system, early research indicates that CBD can be used to treat anxiety-related disorders. One study showed that nearly 80% of participants who used CBD to treat their anxiety reported lower anxiety levels within a month. Sleep initially improved in more than 65% percent of participants, followed by fluctuating results. [1]

Many of us who have trouble sleeping also credit chronic pain as a potential culprit for those restless nights and rightfully so, it’s almost impossible to ignore those aches and pains. Topical applications of CBD might just be the key to catching those Z’s. We have had countless reviews and testimonials indicating that our CBD Lavender Rub has become a nighttime staple in many households across the country. Powered by CBD and other essential oils, this top rated rub is the perfect bedside companion to treat those sore and achy muscles that have been keeping you up at night.

How long until I notice the effects?

Experiences with CBD can vary. Some feel the effects instantly, others take a week or so, and some notice a difference when they stop taking CBD before they actually notice the benefits of CBD. When taken orally, like most medications, give CBD about 4-7 days of consistent use and be sure to take a mental note of how you feel before and after. Topically applied CBD will work faster for acute and chronic pain. Apply directly to the affected area and apply as needed.

Is Sublingual CBD or Topical CBD better for sleep?

The truth is that when you hit the pain and anxiety from both sides, inside and out, you will have the best results. Sublingual CBD helps build a reserve of CBD in the body to use throughout the night and topical CBD will help quickly relax the muscles to calm down before bed. See what works best for you!  

Pro tip

Draw yourself a warm bath, drop in a CBD Bath Bomb (we are partial to Fresh Bamboo before bed) and soak for a good 30 minutes. Listening to a lo-fi Spotify playlist ups the chill factor. Proceed with your post bath routine and end your night with a heavenly foot rub accompanied by our CBD foot cream to help soothe those achy soles and get you in a most relaxed state of being.

CB1 Source

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5877694/

CB2 Source

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5075023/ 

[1] https://www.sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/cbd-and-sleep