Are you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? The implications for using CBD to promote wellness through increased duration and sleep quality are potentially very significant.
According to an article published by the National Academy of Sciences titled Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem, it is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness.
A CDC report titled Perceived Insufficient Rest or Sleep Among Adults states that 70% of American adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep at least one night a month, and 11% report inadequate sleep every night. Most Americans underestimate the effects of sleep deprivation on physical and mental health, inhibiting cognitive function, energy levels, and higher risks of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke.
Prescription Sleep Aides VS. CBD
Many prescription drugs can help chronic sleep illness and are useful for many people, but it is also important to note that many of these treatments have dramatic side effects and can be addictive. That is where CBD is different and why it has become so popular among adults seeking sleep relief.
The Science Behind CBD and Sleep
While the data supporting the use of CBD to improve sleep is limited, its application is supported in part by the low addiction potential and non-intoxicating properties. The available data suggests that there is a differential response to CBD as it relates to sleep. (Babson, Sottile et al. 2017)
Low doses of CBD (5-15mgs) have been found to be stimulating and reduce stage 3 sleep and result in next-day sleepiness. (Nicholson, Turner et al. 2004) This study also showed that CBD counteracted the sedative effects of THC at these low doses.
Higher doses (160-600mg) of CBD have been shown to be sedative. (Zuardi 2008) In human trials completed in the 1970s-80s patients with insomnia taking a 160mg dose of CBD significantly increased sleep duration relative to a placebo. (Carlini and Cunha 1981) This same report also evaluated CBD at acute doses as high as 600mgs and chronic doses of 3mg/kg/day (300mg/100kg patient) revealed no detectable measures of toxicity based on EKG, blood pressure, and blood and urine analysis.
This is potentially significant since as many as 1/3 of the US population does not get enough sleep each night based on the CDC guidance for sleep and sleep disorders. The CDC also emphasizes that not enough sleep is a contributing factor to the development of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression.
If your one of the many Americans dealing with sleep issues, then a nightly dose of CBD may be your answer. Many of our customers tell us they have never had a better night's sleep with our CBD Tincture. Available in 1,500 MG Full Spectrum, 3000MG Full-Spectrum, and a 1,500 MG CBD Isolate Tincture - 0.0% THC-Free.
Disclaimer: Hemp extracts and CBD are not yet approved by the FDA to treat, prevent, or cure sleep disorders. Please discuss the information provided with your health care provider. Based on the data available the use of CBD containing products with > 50MGS should not be used while operating a motor vehicle or heavy equipment.
- Babson, K. A., J. Sottile and D. Morabito (2017). "Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature." Curr Psychiatry Rep 19(4): 23.
- Carlini, E. A. and J. M. Cunha (1981). "Hypnotic and antiepileptic effects of cannabidiol." J Clin Pharmacol 21(S1): 417s-427s.
- Nicholson, A. N., C. Turner, B. M. Stone and P. J. Robson (2004). "Effect of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol on nocturnal sleep and early-morning behavior in young adults." J Clin Psychopharmacol 24(3): 305-313.
- Zuardi, A. W. (2008). "Cannabidiol: from an inactive cannabinoid to a drug with wide spectrum of action." Braz J Psychiatry 30(3): 271-280.