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CBD oil for sleep: find the best hemp products for a good night’s rest

According to the sleepfoundation, around 30 percent of people worldwide report to have trouble sleeping. Whether they experience difficulties falling asleep or wake up in the middle of the night – chances are it results in daytime fatigue. Luckily, you don’t always need heavy medication for a good night’s rest. As CBD appears to help improve sleep and finally offer insomniacs some rest:

Trouble sleeping

Before we explore the ways Cannabidiol (CBD) helps to improve sleep, it’s important to know what actually causes insomnia. As research shows, there could be a few reasons you’re not sleeping well. Ranging from mental causes as stress and anxiety, to physical conditions like pain and restless leg syndrome. Though it might also be due to that last cup of coffee, heartburn from something you ate or environmental circumstances like an uncomfortable bed or snoring partner.

Obviously, taking some CBD oil yourself will not stop your partner from snoring or make your bed any more comfortable. But while research into the benefits of CBD remains scarce; preliminary data does show the hemp-derived cannabinoid might help treat insomnia in the majority of cases. But how exactly does it improve your sleep and what CBD product should you choose for a good night’s rest?

CBD for better sleep

Firstly, recent research – published in 2019 – focused on the effects of CBD on sleep and anxiety. Using 25mg CBD per day, around 80 percent of participants reported lower anxiety; while 66 percent reported improved sleep thanks to the cannabinoid. Which proves the efficacy of the plant’s substance on anxiety-related sleeping disorders in the majority of cases.

When it comes to pain as a cause for insomnia, research published in 2018 proves CBD might be a potential remedy. The Frontiers in Pharmacology review notes there is a fair amount of evidence supporting CBD’s efficacy in treating pain. Accordingly, the review’s authors note that by reducing pain, Cannabidiol might help improve quality of sleep.

Furthermore, we’ve found evidence from 2014 supporting claims that CBD could affect the sleep cycle. While looking into the effect of CBD on Parkinson’s disease, researchers discovered the cannabinoids effect on our sleep cycle. Concluding that the plant’s substance improved the symptoms of REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD). A disorder in which a person acts out their dreams, and is associated with poor sleep and nightmares.

Best CBD products for sleep

In spite of this research, scientists have yet to determine which CBD product is best suited to improve sleeping. Though our customer’s experience gives us a pretty good indication of what products from the Dutch Natural Healing range help you sleep better – and which might be better suited for daytime use. Generally, the products that get the best feedback in regards to sleep are:

CBD oil 8%

Thanks to a wide variety of different cannabinoids and the richest terpene-profile possible, our signature 8% CBD oil appears to be perfectly suited to treat light sleeping disorders and discomforts. Especially when they’re related to stress or anxiety, this product might be just what you’re looking for according to our customer’s feedback. Have a look here to learn more – or contact us for additional information about this CBD oil and how it might help you sleep better.

CBD oil 25% Premium Gold

For heavier sleeping disorders, related to pain and chronic disease for example, it might be helpful to choose a more concentrated CBD product. Our ‘Premium Gold’ CBD oil 25% is produced with a very special hemp extract; known to provide one of the most varied cannabinoid and terpene-profiles available on the market today. Accordingly, this product works wonders on your endocannabinoid system (ECS) – possibly making it one of our best products for a good night’s rest. Click here for more details about Premium Gold CBD oil 25% or get in touch for personal advice.

CBD Patches (30x15mg)

Another product we receive fantastic feedback on when it comes to sleeping: our new CBD Topical Patches with 30 x 15mg. The transdermal administration (through the skin) of the cannabinoid in the CBD patches, greatly increases the product’s efficacy. Meaning the effects are more noticeable with these patches compared to 15mg of oil, for example. Due to the slow release of the active ingredients, these patches offer long-lasting relief of at least 12-hours. Proving this product might be perfectly suited to help you stay asleep during the night! Read more on these patches in this blog or try them for only 19,99 on dutchnaturalhealing.com.

CBG Oil for positive dreaming

Last, but certainly not least on our list of CBD products to improve sleep, is our CBG oil. Cannabigerol (CBG) is also known as the ‘stem-cell’ of cannabinoids THC and CBD, and is known to have a relaxing effect on the body and mind. Moreover, our customers report that using CBG before bed, helps them fall asleep easily, stay asleep and above all, provides positive dreams. Meaning that CBG oil could possibly be useful to treat nightmares! Want to know more about this relatively new product? Check out our blog about CBG oil or try the product yourself: see CBG.

Marijuana for Insomnia?

Is marijuana better or worse than currently available drugs?

THE BASICS

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Good sleep is an elusive luxury. After a stressful day it can take forever to get to sleep. The severity of insomnia typically worsens as we age. Every year after puberty it becomes more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Insomnia leaves us feeling dissatisfied with our sleep and facing the new day with fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, generalized anxiety and decreased performance in work or at school. There are many causes for insomnia, including changes in our sleeping environment, shift work, clinical disorders such as depression or mania and most medications. Over-the-counter and prescriptions medications are common solutions for the complex causes of insomnia.

Unfortunately, the treatment options currently available do not help most people who suffer from insomnia. A drug that can produce a normal sleep pattern does not currently exist. Worse, our current medications show tolerance with repeated use that requires us to take higher and higher doses. Ultimately, when we finally stop taking them, we suffer with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, primarily severe insomnia. The insomnia is made worse by the terrible nightmares that occur during the first few nights of sleep after stopping many of the most popular prescription medications.

The internet offers many claims that marijuana, or one of its components, such as THC or CBD, can treat insomnia and provide a night of restful sleep. Is this true? This is what we know from the relatively few well-controlled studies that have been performed.

Medical marijuana is as safe as the standard OTC and prescription medications currently available. However, medical marijuana shares many of the same problems associated with standard OTC and prescription medications. The use of medical marijuana does not improve sleep quality or reduce the severity of insomnia. Marijuana dose-dependently produces poor sleep quality. The reason that marijuana does not improve sleep quality is related to the fact that the endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter system in our brain is not directly involved in the onset or maintenance of normal sleep cycles. Therefore, marijuana cannot, and does not, produce normal sleep patterns. Marijuana increases the lighter stages of sleep, known as NREM slow wave sleep; consequently, it decreases the amount of time spent in REM sleep. REM sleep is usually called dream sleep. Not getting enough REM sleep has many bad consequences, such as an increased risk for obesity, significant memory problems and mood disorders. Getting adequate REM sleep is critical for people with bipolar disorder. Depressed patients who used cannabis reported significantly more sleep impairments. Using marijuana to help fall asleep was also associated with frequent night-time awakenings.

Marijuana might be useful for people who suffer with chronic pain disorders. One study found a marked improvement in subjective sleep parameters provided by the patients with a wide variety of pain conditions including multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathic pain, intractable cancer pain and rheumatoid arthritis. Chronic pain, neurological illness, and sleep disorders are clearly comorbid conditions with insomnia. Marijuana likely improves sleep via its ability to reduce pain symptoms.

Cannabidiol (CBD), a constituent of marijuana, was much worse than marijuana. CBD disrupted sleep patterns by reducing both NREM sleep and REM sleep. CBD alone is useless for insomnia.

Similar to currently available medications, nightly use of marijuana produces tolerance that requires higher and higher doses. Withdrawal from marijuana use is associated with poor sleep quality and insomnia. Thus, overall, the available evidence shows that medical marijuana is not superior to currently available medications. The use of marijuana for the treatment of insomnia is associated with side-effects that are similar to those associated with standard insomnia therapies. Overall, the use of medical marijuana for insomnia should be limited to only occasional use in order to avoid the development of tolerance, rebound insomnia and the negative consequences of long-term REM sleep suppression upon daytime cognitive functioning.

© Gary L. Wenk, Ph.D.

I am the author of Your Brain on Food (3rd Edition, 2019; Oxford University Press) and I conduct pre-clinical studies on medical marijuana.

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