Using CBD for Sleep
One of the biggest reasons people use CBD products is that they are developing a reputation for helping to promote deep, high quality sleep. Today we’re taking a look at this reputation: does CBD work against insomnia? How can you take it? Is it safe? We hope that by answering these questions, we’re giving you the tools to make more informed decisions, and decide if CBD is right for you.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, to give it its full, scientific name, is a compound derived from the cannabis or hemp plant. It binds to the body’s endo-cannabinoid receptors, producing effects that are reputed to range between painkilling, soothing conditions like depression and anxiety and producing a generalised feeling of wellbeing.
Is CBD Legal?
It can’t have escaped your notice that we just described CBD as ‘derived from cannabis’. In the UK, cannabis is a controlled substance with possession alone potentially punishable with a prison sentence and fine. This might make you wonder whether it’s legal to buy CBD products. The good news is: it is! Following a report by the World Health Organisation that found CBD wasn’t an addictive or psychoactive substance, it’s no longer a proscribed substance in much of the world – as long as it’s free from THC, the compound in cannabis that does cause changes to your perceptions and judgment.
Does CBD Help You Sleep?
It’s important to note that clinical trials and concrete medical opinion about the effects of CBD are still very much in their infancy. The NHS only prescribe CBD based medications for a small number of specialised situations: rare forms of epilepsy, and the pain and nausea from particular cancer treatments.
That said, the early indications are that CBD can be an asset to people suffering from insomnia, or simply looking for a bit of help getting to sleep at night. Studies have shown that patients taking a CBD supplement reported easier and higher quality, more restful sleep.
Will CBD Make Me Drowsy
CBD doesn’t function like a prescribed sleeping pill. It doesn’t force you to fall asleep by encouraging drowsiness. It makes it easier to fall asleep by calming anxieties and soothing pain and discomfort. This means that it doesn’t impair your performance at work, and if you take CBD for other reasons, you don’t need to worry it will make you fall asleep while you’re trying to concentrate. In fact, it make it easier for you to focus!
You can take CBD as a tincture, dropping a dose under your tongue, where it can be absorbed directly into the body and it will get to work quickly. There are also CBD edibles available, including CBD teas. These work more slowly but they may be helpful if you dislike the taste of the oil, or want to build CBD in a soothing bedtime ritual to help you relax.