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How can hemp and CBD help insomnia

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Hemp and hemp (CBD) can be used along with a handful of other cannabinoids as natural remedies to combat insomnia. Positive research evidence has forced more people to turn to cannabis and CBD to relieve insomnia. While these compounds have significant sedative effects, they can also be used to combat pain, fatigue, and anxiety, which are factors that can cause or exacerbate insomnia. Since the long-term effects of these compounds have not been comprehensively demonstrated, it is recommended to stick to moderate doses and consult with your doctor if insomnia persists for more than a month.

According to the American Sleep Association, nearly 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. [1] Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder, affecting about 1 in 3 adults in the short term. Insomnia may manifest as difficulty falling asleep or difficulty staying asleep at night. It may also present as an early morning awakening in which the affected person is unable to sleep.

Traditionally, insomnia is treated with the use of sleeping pills (sedative-hypnotic) which unfortunately may cause dependence if used for long periods. [2] For example, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan may cause drowsiness and help a person sleep. However, it is not recommended for long-term use.

Thus, insomnia sufferers are constantly looking for safer ways to deal with insomnia. Cannabidiol (CBD) and medical marijuana Help with insomnia?

While CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp (less than 0.3%) and hemp, marijuana refers to cannabis that contains higher amounts (more than 0.3%) of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). In this article, you will learn how hemp and CBD can help deal with insomnia.

Let’s get started.

Hemp vs CBD for sleep

Hemp refers to the dried flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves of the Cannabis sativa plant that contains high amounts of THC. In most cases, cannabis plants contain a higher proportion of THC and a lower proportion of CBD. On the other hand, CBD refers to a non-psychoactive narcotic substance produced in both hemp and hemp plants.

Current research indicates that both THC and CBD have sleep-promoting benefits. Recent studies have shown that taking acute THC will reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and reduce the active sleep phase (REM) associated with lucid dreams. [3]

On the other hand, CBD has been linked to sleep-promoting properties. One study showed that High doses of cannabidiol (up to 160 mg) Likely to increase sleep duration. [4] However, a different study (2019 Case Series) showed that the sleep-promoting effects of CBD are only short-term. [5]

Using cannabidiol and hemp to combat insomnia

CBD and medical marijuana Insomnia can be treated in two ways, as described below:

CBD reduces anxiety

Anxiety is an important cause of insomnia. If anxiety is not well controlled, it can cause the following insomnia-related problems:

  • sleep problems
  • Unexplained tiredness after waking up
  • Daytime sleepiness

Research shows that CBD can help manage insomnia caused by anxiety. Moreover, it reduces panic attacks at night. [8] Furthermore, the study showed that cannabidiol is well tolerated. Remember to start with low doses as you work your way up until you find that sweet spot that calms you down to sleep safely.

CBD and hemp as sedatives

When you suffer from insomnia, the goal is to find a product with calming effects that will put you to sleep quickly. Levels of the stress hormone cortisol are usually high in the morning. But for people who suffer from insomnia, their cortisol levels are high at night. This leads to increased alertness at night.

Various studies have shown that CBD can act as a sedative by lowering cortisol levels. This means that the time you wake up during the day will also be increased. But according to the scientists, more research remains to be done on the calming properties of CBD. Other studies have also demonstrated THC’s sedative properties. [3]

CBD and hemp as pain relievers

Pain is a big contributor to poor sleep and insomnia, especially chronic pain that makes you toss and turn on your bed every night. A 2018 review by Frontiers in Pharmacology showed that CBD and THC have significance Pain relief features. [9]

Side Effects of CBD and Hemp

The side effects of CBD and hemp may vary from one individual to another. This is influenced by many factors such as body fat percentage, age, metabolic rate, and unique physiology. That is why it is recommended that you start with low doses so that you can see how your body will react to cannabis.

Here are some common side effects to expect:

  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in appetite. Changes in appetite can be positive or negative
  • It hurts your sense of time
  • In extreme cases, you may experience breathing problems

How to manage cannabis withdrawal symptoms

There will come a time when you may need to take a break from cannabis. While it is perfectly safe to withdraw from CBD at any time, withdrawal from cannabis (just like withdrawing from other regular habits like coffee) may cause some terrible withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • sleep problems
  • anxiety and weakness
  • fidgeting and sweating
  • Stomach pain and nausea
  • moodiness
  • irritability and headache
  • feeling depressed
  • nightmares

Here are some tips to help you deal with cannabis withdrawal symptoms:

  • Follow a healthy diet that includes fruits, proteins and vegetables to increase your energy.
  • Create an active lifestyle. Try to exercise three times a day. This will remove toxins from the body and improve your mood.
  • drink a lot of water. Preferably two liters of water every day or more. Avoid caffeine and sugary drinks.
  • Look for support from your family or friends. You can also try supportive group therapies or outpatient rehabilitation programs.
  • Get out and have some time in nature!

Can hemp and CBD help treat insomnia?

cannabis and Convention on Biological Diversity It can help you deal with insomnia by relieving fatigue, pain and anxiety. When these are the underlying causes of insomnia, CBD and hemp will be of great help. Hemp and CBD also have sedative effects that may also help deal with severe insomnia. However, it should not be used as a long-term solution to insomnia. While CBD may lose its effectiveness over time, THC may cause unwanted side effects. Be careful about suddenly withdrawing a cannabis remedy for insomnia. This can potentially lead to nightmares and exacerbate PTSD symptoms.


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