In recent years, the use of CBD for the treatment of a variety of conditions has risen significantly. Some studies have demonstrated that CBD may also be a sleep aid. In this blog, we look at whether it works and any associated risks.
WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY ABOUT CBD AND SLEEP?
Research shows that CBD and cannabinoids interact with proteins and cells in the brain. Within the endocannabinoid system is a network of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. The two primary receptors identified are CB1 and CB2.
Cannabinoids attach to these cells and have various effects. As far as how they may affect sleep, some research indicates that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific receptors, potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle.
In one study on the effects of CBD, researchers found that cortisol levels decreased more significantly when participants took 300 or 600 mg. These results suggest that CBD affects the release of cortisol, possibly acting as a sedative.
A more recent analysis and sleep recruited 103 participants who had anxiety or poor sleep. The researchers studied the effects of CBD combined with those of other prescribed medications.
The CBD dosages ranged from 25–175 mg. The researchers found that 25 mg was the most effective dosage for anxiety and that addressing troubled sleep required higher dosages.
During the 3-month study, the investigators followed up with the participants monthly. At the first follow-up, 66.7% reported an improvement in sleep.
It is important to understand your body and when it is a good time to take CBD.
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