If you have trouble falling asleep at night, chances are you’re not alone. In fact, millions of Americans report having issues falling asleep, and staying asleep, every night. There are a wide variety of causes for sleeplessness, and even more solutions. But with so many different sleep aids, at-home remedies, and over-the-counter or prescription solutions, what’s the best way to guarantee a restful 8 hours every night?
Instead of turning to prescription pills or similar solutions, which can quickly become addictive and feature a host of unpleasant side effects, consider trying CBD. An age-old solution for insomnia and fitful sleep, CBD can help individuals with the conditions or symptoms that affect their sleeping habits. Here’s how it works.
How Does CBD Promote Healthy Sleep?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are the name of the many chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids have been widely studied for their many health benefits, and are often used to treat symptoms in a wide range of different ailments. Think about it like this: the cannabis plant has many different compounds, but two of the most common (and studied) include THC and CBD. THC is the part of the plant that makes you feel high. CBD, on the other hand, has no “high” feeling, but does have calming, anti-anxiety, and antipsychotic side effects.
And, unlike THC, CBD is legal in all 50 states. It’s been used for centuries to treat common ailments like insomnia, pain, nausea, anxiety, and other mood disorders. CBD is typically extracted from the cannabis plant, and at our store, it is available in a wide variety of different forms including supplements, tinctures, and edible treats like brownies or cookies.
How Will CBD Improve My Sleep?
What keeps you up at night? For many people, it’s a combination of different symptoms or ailments relating to anxiety, pain management, nausea, and other underlying conditions. CBD can help treat these symptoms, bringing quick and long lasting relief so that your body can focus on getting the sleep it needs.
While the effects of CBD depend largely on your body’s biology and chemical makeup, here are some of the many interesting benefits we’ve seen from CBD as a means to treat sleeplessness.
What are the Benefits to Using CBD?
Unlike other sleep aids, CBD is not addictive. It has been widely researched since the early twentieth century and is completely safe and non habit-forming.
Here are five key ways that using CBD can help you sleep better at night and improve your waking hours as well!
1. Pain Reliever
If chronic or acute pain is keeping you up at night, CBD is a great alternative to prescription or over-the-counter medication. Unlike other sleep aids, which create a sedative effect to help the user sleep through their pain, CBD works to treat the pain symptoms directly.
2. Anti-Anxiety Treatment
Racing thoughts are another common culprit when it comes to chronic sleeplessness. CBD has been shown to help regulate cortisol, the stress hormone, which can have a severe impact on sleep.
3. Reduces Nightmares
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) is a common disruptor of sleep. One big side effect of RBD is an increase in nightmares—which can make getting back to sleep an impossible task. In this case study, patients with RBD were treated with CBD and reported few side effects of the disorder.
4. Anti-Nausea Properties
The cannabis plant has been used to treat nausea for centuries—long before films like Reefer Madness created widespread panic over the plant. As a key cannabinoid, CBD has several anti-nausea properties that make it an excellent option for anyone suffering from chronic or short-term nausea. If nausea is keeping you up at night due to a preexisting condition or as a side effect of different medicine you’re taking, CBD might be a great option for treating it.
5. Sleep Cycle Regulation
Depending on the time of day you take CBD, it can help regulate your sleep cycle—leading to more restful nights and more wakeful days. By taking CBD during the day, you can help promote alertness in your body during the day and relaxation at night when it’s time to go to sleep.
Want to Give CBD a Try?
Our team at Modern Apotheca is here to help. Whether you’re new to the world of CBD or a longtime user, we have products that can help ease your body and mind. To start using CBD to help with your insomnia or sleeplessness, we recommend beginning with a small dosage about an hour before bedtime.
Give us a call today or stop by the shop to chat with one of our specialists. We’re here to help you find the right products to meet your needs.