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CBD for Sleep

As we are becoming more educated on how CBD works in the body, we are learning about CBD benefits including using CBD for sleep.

Millions of Americans report issues with insomnia and sleeplessness. We are learning that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in maintaining certain body functions, such as mood, appetite, and sleep including regulating circadian rhythms.

Within the endocannabinoid system is a network of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. According to the American Sleep Association, “…cannabinoids attach to these receptors and have various effects. As far as how they may affect sleep, some research indicates that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific receptors potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle.

Additionally, CBD may also decrease anxiety and pain, which can both interfere with restful sleep. By reducing certain symptoms, it’s also possible that sleep may improve.”

How can CBD help me sleep?

1. Reduce Anxiety

A common cause of insomnia is anxiety and stress. CBD is being shown to help anxiety-related disorders in a variety of causes. Additionally, a large case series review found that CBD may be beneficial for anxiety-related disorders specifically related to an increase in sleep quality.

2. Regulate Circadian Rhythms

CBD has been shown to increase sleep time with less frequent awakenings in early studies. Users experience no disruptions to the normal sleep-wake cycle with the use of CBD. This is because it regulates the body’s sleep/wake cycles, helping to promote wakefulness during daytime and relaxation at night. 

3. Manage Pain

For those who struggle with sleeplessness due to chronic or acute pain, CBD offers a welcome alternative to pharmaceutical pain relievers. CBD affects CB2 receptors to mediate the amount of cytokine, a pain-receptor substance released by the immune cells, reducing inflammation and pain which could cause interruptions to the most restorative stages of deep sleep. 

How to use CBD

Everybody and body is different, so experimentation is key in finding what works for you. CBD can have a variety of effects depending on dosage, product and time of day as well as individual body chemistry.

Edibles and oils tend to release CBD more slowly, helping you stay asleep longer. Try CBD an hour before bedtime and ensure to promote a quality rest by also turning off electronics, and limit exercise within that same hour before bed.

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CBD for Pain

According to the University of Michigan Health, “…ongoing preclinical studies in animals have demonstrated that CBD reduces pain and inflammation, and studies of CBD in humans show that it is well-tolerated and has few negative side effects. There are also observational studies that ask why people use CBD and if it’s effective, and results tend to be quite positive. People report using CBD for anxiety, pain, sleep — all things that go hand-in-hand with chronic pain…”

Many people are turning to CBD as an alternative pain reliever, especially in light of the opioid crisis.

What types of pain can CBD help manage?

Arthritis: People using CBD oil for arthritis may find relief from their pain, but more human studies need to be done to confirm these findings.

Chronic Pain: This report shares the results from CBD use for general chronic pain. Researchers compiled the results of multiple systematic reviews covering dozens of trials and studies. Their research concluded that there is substantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults.

Other: CBD currently has a range of other applications and promising possibilities, including:

– future applications in combating acnetype 1 diabetes, and cancer
smoking cessation and drug withdrawal
– treating seizures and epilepsy
– reducing some of the effects of Alzheimer’s, studies are still very early on this
– proposed studies on the antipsychotic effects on people with schizophrenia
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Although more research is required to confirm some uses of CBD oil, it is shaping up as a potentially promising and versatile treatment.

In June 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved one form of CBD as a treatment for people with two rare and specific kinds of epilepsy, namely Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet syndrome (DS).

How does CBD work for Pain?

CBD inhibits glutamate release and other inflammatory agents, which makes it excellent at dulling the prickling, tingling and burning sensations that neuropathic pain is characterized for.

Pain due to inflammation is not as easily characterized as other types of pain, mostly because its origins of pain vary and so does the experience. On the bright side, CBD is good at calming inflammation, no matter what the root cause.

The anti-inflammatory mechanism of cannabidiol is unique to cannabis. It doesn’t work like other anti-inflammatory drugs by inhibiting COX-1 and COX-2 receptors, which means you don’t run the risk of developing gastrointestinal ulcers or heart attacks! Some studies have shown that cannabinoids (CBD and THC) are more potent anti-inflammatory agents when compared to NSAIDs (eg. ibuprofen).

Similar to other uses for CBD, the research on using CBD to help manage pain is early on. As studies continue to come out, we can learn more about how and why CBD helps manage pain. The potential benefits of shifting away from opioids and other drugs to a more natural solution are reason enough to follow the mounting research.

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CBD and Blood Pressure

High blood pressure and hypertension affect about 75 million Americans (about 32% of the adult population in the U.S.). Unfortunately, high blood pressure across the world shows no signs of easing up even as this life-threatening illness continues to affect more people due to continuing unhealthy lifestyles, and increased stressors. The relationship between CBD and blood pressure is being studied at an increasing rate and preliminary results are promising.

While the studies are just beginning to surface, some studies have shown that CBD is an effective remedy for high blood pressure, helping to reduce stress, and even restore normal heart rhythms, reducing the chances of experiencing a heart attack.

Should you take CBD for Blood Pressure?

There are many benefits of using CBD to help reduce high blood pressure, reduce stress, and maintain an overall healthy lifestyle

Here are three reasons why you should consider CBD.

1. CBD has Anxiety and Stress-Reducing Properties

Anxiety disorders are at position six, according to research by the World Health Organization. Stress and anxiety can increase your blood pressure. Studies show that CBD can lower stress and anxiety and in turn, helps reduce high blood pressure.

2. CBD contains Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Relieving Properties

High blood pressure causes inflammation and pain. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that soothes and eliminates swelling in your body.

Eliminating any body inflammation is a common way of preventing high blood pressure. Over time, a person’s unhealthy lifestyle may cause inward swelling of arteries’ walls which tighten the passages by which blood travels. CBD can help vasodilate the passages by relaxing and widening them to enhance blood flow. Of course, changing lifestyle habits, to include eating better, exercising more, and quitting smoking, coupled with using CBD, will yield the best results.

3. CBD is a Natural Remedy

Pharmaceutical drugs given to heal high blood pressure symptoms may cause adverse side effects. They negatively affect your overall health when used over a long period.

CBD oil effects, however, are positive and naturally alleviate symptoms of hypertension, without negative side effects.

Talk to your doctor before using CBD or using CBD with other medications.

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CBD for Anxiety

If you struggle with chronic stress or anxiety, you may be considering using CBD to help. While research on cannabidiol oil (CBD oil) is still in its infancy, there is mounting evidence to suggest that some people can get relief from anxiety when using CBD with few or no side effects.

Medical treatment for anxiety traditionally consists of prescription drugs with a high likelihood of misuse: benzodiazepines, like Xanax and Klonopin. Many people are opting to use CBD to help alleviate stress and anxiety instead of prescription drugs.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol. CBD is one of many Phytocannabinoids that naturally occur in Hemp and are known for supporting the body and mind in many ways. CBD comes from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant.

Cannabidiol is a chemical compound in the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance that is not mind impairing — meaning it won’t impair or impact your mental state of being, or get you “high”.

Does CBD help my Anxiety?

People interested in managing their anxiety with CBD oil should look exclusively at research on cannabidiol, not generalized studies of medical marijuana. Although there are fewer studies on cannabidiol specifically, the preliminary research is promising.

Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is one of the most common anxiety conditions and is associated with impairment in social adjustment to the usual aspects of daily life, increased disability, dysfunction, and a loss of productivity. A small study, published in 2011, found that cannabidiol could reduce symptoms of social anxiety in people with SAD.

Additionally, this recent study showed that pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety during public speaking events.

While all of the current studies are shorter-term, and larger and longer clinical studies will be needed to assist with dosing and appropriate use of CBD, the results are showing overall help in managing anxiety.

What are the Risks of using CBD for Anxiety?

Studies into cannabidiol specifically, have found few or no negative side effects.

This means that CBD oil may be a good option for people who cannot tolerate the side effects of other medications for anxiety, including addiction.

Hemp-derived CBD products with a THC content lower than 0.3% are legal on the federal level but are not legal under some state laws. Be sure to look up CBD laws in your state and ensure your products are lab tested to ensure labeling is accurate. If you aren’t sure what you should be taking, be sure to consult your doctor to help identify the appropriate dosage.

The role of cannabidiol as a treatment for anxiety disorders remains unclear, as more long-term studies are required to assess the benefits and risks, however, initial studies seem promising.

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Benefits of CBD

The CBD industry in the United States is flourishing and has been projected to hit $16 – $25 billion by 2025. Likely you have seen CBD products seemingly everywhere, infused into everything from food and drink to bath bombs, to pet treats. Many people are raving about the benefits of CBD to help manage anxiety, find pain relief, or to help regulate sleep.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol and is one of many Phytocannabinoids that naturally occur in Hemp and are known for supporting the body and mind in many ways. CBD comes from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant.

Cannabidiol is a chemical compound in the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance that is not mind impairing — meaning it won’t impair or impact your mental state of being, or get you “high”.

Why does CBD work?

The human body has a vast network of receptors, the endocannabinoid system, that helps us maintain overall wellness and helps support many of our body’s physical processes. CBD and cannabinoids fit into these receptors, helping the body in its efforts to help maintain good health.

CBD is advertised as providing relief for anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as help pain management, and promotion of healthy sleep cycles. The scientific studies are just beginning to come out, but early results and strong anecdotal evidence are promising.

Does CBD help anxiety?

Many users have noted that CBD has helped provide an overall sense of calm and relief of anxious feelings. A small experiment in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBD seemed to reduce nervousness and cognitive impairment in patients with social anxiety in a simulated public speaking task.

Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs is funding its first study on CBD, pairing it with psychotherapy, to help soldiers returning home with PTSD.

Can CBD relieve arthritis pain?

This study in the European Journal of Pain used an animal model to see if CBD could help people with arthritis manage their pain. The study concluded that the use of topical CBD has therapeutic potential for the relief of arthritis pain-related behaviors and inflammation without evident side-effects.

separate study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine suggests that using CBD can reduce pain and inflammation for general chronic pain.

Can CBD help me sleep?

Some research indicates that CBD may interact with specific receptors in the brain potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle.

Additionally, CBD may also decrease anxiety and pain, which can both interfere with restful sleep. By reducing certain symptoms, it’s also possible that sleep may improve.

Overall, the benefits of CBD are both growing and more studies are coming out supporting the anecdotal claims. Although more research is required to confirm some uses of CBD oil, it is shaping up as a potentially promising and versatile treatment for a variety of conditions.

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Health: Study finds CBD effective in treating heroin addiction

Source: CNN

“(CNN) – Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in hemp and marijuana, could treat opioid addiction, a new study says. Given to patients with heroin addiction, cannabidiol, also known as CBD, reduced their cravings for the illicit drug as well as their levels of anxiety.”The intense craving is what drives the drug use,” said Yasmin Hurd, the lead researcher on the study and director of the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai. “If we can have the medications that can dampen that [craving], that can greatly reduce the chance of relapse and overdose risk.”…Nearly 400,000 Americans have died of opioid-related causes since 2000, just slightly fewer than the number of American troops who died in World War II. “So many people are dying, and there is a need for developing medications,” Hurd said.”

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