CBD and Hemp for Sleep
Many use CBD and cannabis light to relax thanks to its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties: but can the intake of high concentrations of cannabidiol affect sleep-wake rhythms so much that it is considered a real cure for insomnia?
To find out, we decided to do some research and try to understand, with the most recent scientific studies in hand, if CBD can really be a godsend for those who can’t maintain regular and satisfying sleep cycles. First of all, remember that the cannabinoid CBD is devoid of psychoactive effects, unlike the other well-known cannabinoid THC which is currently banned in Italy in percentage concentrations higher than 0.2% with a definitive tolerance of 0.6%. If products with high THC content are the prerogative of real drugs (medical cannabis and preparations based on it) CBD and Hemp for Sleep, on the other hand, can be used in New Zealand without a doctor’s prescription even in moderate concentrations and can be purchased in different formulas, for example in stores that sell cannabis light.
How CBD and Hemp for Sleep works on the body
In general, CBD is a substance that, interacting with the endocannabinoid system present in our body, regulates various mechanisms and in general allows to keep the balance of the body in line, guaranteeing effective internal homeostasis . In practice, the receptors of the human endocannabinoid system react and are stimulated by the presence of CBD and Hemp for Sleep and amplify some of their functions, which causes these receptors to stimulate, for example, the production of anti-inflammatory and relaxing substances.
CBD, insomnia, and sleep cycles
This consequence of taking CBD can also have positive effects on regulating sleep cycles and help those suffering from insomnia to find some peace . However, it is very important to know that the effectiveness of CBD and Hemp for Sleep in these fields is rather difficult to evaluate in a standard way because the reaction to this molecule of the endocannabinoid system varies a lot from person to person and it is therefore impossible to guarantee unambiguous results with standard administrations, especially for a problem like insomnia which is really complex and caused by many different factors.
Let’s first analyze the sleep cycle system to understand at what level CBD and Hemp for Sleep can be effective. Sleeping is a physiological process that in each individual involves the central nervous system and the autonomic system in a total of 5 phases. A correct night sleep varies between seven and eight hours (but this data is subjective and varies in the different phases of life) and is divided into two levels: the NREM phase (Nonrapid eye movement) in turn divided into four other phases and Rem (Rapid eye movement) also known as active or paradoxical sleep. Each stage can last up to 10 minutes and an adult sleep cycle is accomplished with the progression from phase one to phase four to then get to the REM phase and start over.
Lack of sleep can have a very negative impact on the body, significantly altering a person’s health and causing premature aging of tissues and organs. But how does the body react with the introduction of external substances?
How much does CBD and Hemp for Sleep affect sleep cycles?
These are still questions to which it is possible to give very few answers since the studies in this regard are very few and always have too small samples to be considered indisputable. What can certainly be extrapolated from the studies is that actually taking CBD and Hemp for Sleep in modest doses after a first relaxing impact helps the body to regain energy, acting in practice like caffeine, awakening the adenosine receptors. For this reason, CBD may be deemed unsuitable for inducing sleep. The fact is that many patients consuming cannabis or CBD concentrates mixed with melatonin to find the right recipe to aid sleep. The explanation comes from the interaction of CBD with other substances, in particular, the relaxing effects of cannabidiol are implemented by the simultaneous intake of a low dosage of THC and likewise, the balancing effects of melatonin on sleep cycles are supported by the presence of CBD. . In these terms, CBD can be really useful for maintaining a correct circadian rhythm but it cannot be considered a sedative or a product to induce sleep.