SEP 05, 2018 7:00 PM PDT

CBD and How It Can Help With Insomnia

WRITTEN BY: Amanda Kahl

Studies have found that treating anxiety with small doses of CBD oil or small doses of THC throughout the day helps to keep anxiety down and lets you sleep longer throughout the night. CBD has shown promise in treating insomnia and REM sleep behavior disorders. The following video discusses how to treat insomnia with cannabis. 

More studies are being conducted to see the short and long-term effects that CBD and THC have on those who suffer from insomnia. Research has shown that 95% of people who suffer from insomnia take some form of sleep aid, and most sleep aids cause serious side effects like sleepwalking, daytime drowsiness, and heartburn. Scientists are hoping CBD oil and THC are able to help treat insomnia without harsh side effects. One of the worlds first studies on the effect of medical cannabis in adults suffering from chronic insomnia was conducted at the University of Western Australia in April of 2018. The study is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study.

Another study was conducted at the University of New Mexico on the effectiveness of using cannabis to treat insomnia under naturalistic conditions. This study also looked at the difference between Indica and Sativa strains and how this affected sleep-sufferers. The Indica strain was found to aid people better in staying asleep longer, falling asleep sooner, and preventing early wake-up times because of the way it affects the endocannabinoid system compared to how Sativa affects the system. CBD and THC can be applied in multiple forms of treatments for insomnia patients like oil, vapor, and in edibles, promising an alternative to pills and other medications that have long-lasting side effects. 

Sources: University of Western Australia StudyUniversity of New Mexico StudyGreen Entrepreneur

About the Author
  • Amanda has a Bachelor's in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati. She has a passion for animals, conservation, and environmental sciences. Through her career in science and research, she is able to develop her passion and hopes to pass on to others the joy of learning about science.
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