Looking into CBD for treating insomnia

There is new and ongoing research into the use of CBD for sleeping disorders.

  • For those of us who suffer from insomnia and restlessness, this is great news.

Older research is very inconclusive. The results of CBD’s effects on sleep vary with the experimental conditions, and sometimes the cannabinoid was used separately and sometimes with marijuana containing THC. Since CBD is now legal to purchase throughout the country, I’m hoping for some concise information on the benefits. In 2007, clinical research into the cannabis-based medicine Sativex concluded that approximately half of the participants improved their quality of sleep. However, Sativex contains equal ratios of CBD and THC. A 2006 study of rats found that when they were given CBD, it increased wakefulness with the lights on and didn’t affect sleep in the dark. In 2018, a study suggested that CBD doesn’t provide any effects on the sleep-wake cycle on healthy people. Participants took 300 milligrams of oral CBD or a placebo. When subjective and cognitive abilities were measured, there appeared to be no significant difference between sleep cycles. It didn’t matter whether they took CBD or the placebo, there cognitive and subjective results were about the same. This information is rather disappointing. However, just last year, 409 insomnia patients entered into a study which indicated that the use of medical cannabis flower improved sleep. Researchers concluded that CBD offered significant symptom relief. These studies contradict one another and add up to very little concrete information. I’ve switched to reading personal accounts online, and there are tons of people who use CBD to help them fall asleep quicker and easier. It makes sense because CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system.


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