Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, one of many compounds found naturally in cannabis plants. Some people with sleep related issues use CBD products, such as CBD oil, to help manage their symptoms. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions on testing on hemp/cannabis more research is needed to verify the insomnia-relieving benefits of CBD oil, but the research has been promising. The research suggests that CBD could offer a natural alternative for people who have sleeping disorders.
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound naturally occurring in the hemp plant, Cannabis Sativa. It can be taken orally (as a tablet, capsule or gummy), sublingually (under the tongue as a tincture) or topically (applied to the skin as a cream) to deliver a wide range of benefits.
CBD or Cannabidiol is legal in the UK, provided it comes from an industrial hemp strain that is EU approved and contains no THC, but you need to make sure you are getting it from a trusted source. Hemp Well organic CBD comes from EU certified hemp grown at our own farm, processed and lab tested to make sure it is pure and contains accurate dosages. We control the process from seed to shelf so that you can be confident you are getting a high quality, fully traceable product. For more information on CBD regulations in the UK read our Is CBD legal? post in the Education Centre.
The human body contains a complex network of neurotransmitters and cannabinoid receptors known as the endocannabinoid receptor system (ECS). Research suggests that cannabinoids and the ECS may play a role in many bodily processes and that the skin contains cannabinoid receptors.
Most adults need at least 7 hours of sleep per night, but while duration of sleep is important, so is the quality of sleep. People with insomnia can face a variety of challenges, they could struggle to fall asleep or have difficulty in staying asleep, they can have long periods of wakefulness in the night and struggle to feel fully rested during the day.
Some people who experience insomnia, whether short-term due to specific factors (such as a period of stress), or a chronic longer-term issue, may wish to consider natural sleep aids before they ask a doctor about prescription medication. Some people believe CBD to be an effective sleep aid.
To understand whether CBD could help a specific person’s sleep, it’s important to try to identify what is causing their sleep problems in the first place. There are several reasons why people have trouble sleeping, including but not limited to:
Mental health disorders such as stress, anxiety, and depression
Medication (some can disturb your natural sleep cycle)
Physical discomfort such as chronic pain or restless leg syndrome
Caffeine (especially when consumed late in the day)
Environmental factors such as loud noise or too much light
Obviously CBD can’t fix your uncomfortable bed or stop you reaching for that afternoon cup of coffee, but there has been research to suggest CBD could have a positive effect on sleep. Anxiety and stress, which can cause sleep problems, could be helped by CBD.
The authors of this 2015 review, found evidence to suggest that CBD could be an effective treatment for numerous types of anxiety disorders. If anxiety is the main cause of insomnia then this research is promising. Research published in 2019 looked at whether CBD could improve sleep and/or reduce anxiety. In the first month of this research, 79.2 percent of the patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported better sleep. This same study also found that some people had lowered cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone which usually peaks in the morning, having elevated cortisol at night can increase wakefulness and impact sleep quality.
Pain, which may also cause sleep problems, could potentially be helped by CBD as well. A 2018 report noted that there is evidence to support the claim that CBD soothes pain. In the review the authors note that by reducing chronic pain, CBD could improve sleep. It is worth noting that in several of the studies referenced here, the patients involved in the trials didn’t notice an immediate improvement to sleep. Improved sleep was more likely after up to a month of regular CBD. Remember to be patient when trying CBD, if you need help figuring out how much to take, why not take a look at our dosage information?