Everyone needs sleep. On average we spend a third of our lives sleeping. Sometimes problems arise with sleep. There are many different types of sleep disorders, but for now we limit ourselves to insomnia, a common problem. Too little sleep can have many unpleasant consequences, someone who had too little sleep may not feel rested, fit or focused. People may suffer from concentration problems and emotional instability as well.
Endocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced by our own bodies) are involved in the regulation of sleep. The idea that sleep can be influenced by the intake of cannabinoids is therefore an obvious one.
The effect of CBD on sleep has not been studied extensively. The research that is available appears to be contradictory at first glance. In a study with rats, it was found that CBD lengthened the duration of sleep . Rats that were given a high dose of CBD also appeared to have prolonged periods of deep sleep, though it did take a little longer before they fell asleep.
In other studies, it was found that CBD promoted alertness . This difference may possibly be explained by differences in dosage. Lower doses of CBD could promote alertness, while higher doses may in fact promote sleep. The precise mechanisms by which CBD influences sleep are still unknown. CBD and other cannabinoids do get a lot of attention as potential agents to help regulate sleep. More research should provide more insight into what CBD can ultimately mean for people with sleeping problems.
Advice for using CBD against sleeping disorders
CBD can possibly help people who suffer from sleeping problems. When using CBD to help you sleep it is probably advisable to take a higher dose. If you take a dose that is too low, it is possible that CBD actually promotes alertness. CBD is a safe agent that is also well tolerated in very high doses. Experimenting to find out what the effect is of different doses for you personally is definitely a possibility. Click here to read more about safe use of cannabinoids.
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