In a health magazine the other day, I was intrigued by an insomnia advert. It was for CBD (cannabidiol) oil containing the non- psychoactive (no high) part of the Cannabis/Hemp plant. I was surprised to see this ad publicised in the Mainstream Media. A quick online search told me that CBD is a component of the cannabis plant which interacts with your endocannabinoid system, something that we all have, which helps your body maintain a state of balance and stability, medically termed, ‘homeostasis.’
There are various health benefits claimed for CBD, including the relief of chronic pain and inflammation, and one that is particularly interesting is that some research and anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD can help you get a good night’s sleep.
Insomniacs take note!
Cannabis plants are made up of more than 100 different cannabinoids which act on receptors in the brain and have different effects. The best known are CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the psychoactive element of cannabis (the part that gets you high.)
Last November, teenager Billy Caldwell hit the headlines after the government made a landmark decision to allow doctors to prescribe him cannabis oil for his Epilepsy. In 2017, a report by the World Health Organisation revealed that CBD could provide relief for a number of conditions including Alzheimer’s, MS, and cancer as well as pain, anxiety and depression. It’s now estimated that 300,000 people in the UK use it for help with various ailments.
At present though there is much anecdotal evidence of the efficacy of this product there is a shortage of scientific studies By and large Big Pharma are staying away from CBD because it grows naturally and because of this the Law does not allow them to ‘Patent’ it and then charge fortunes for it.
CBD is online and looks like it’s here to stay.
With the combination of scientific and anecdotal evidence it appears that it can be useful for people with difficulty sleeping.
An example recently quoted in a respected British newspaper revealed that 80% of people that took 25mg daily reported lower anxiety in the 1st month and two thirds said that they slept better. Some commentators suggest that CBD is particularly helpful when the insomnia is caused by external factors including pain or inflammation.
This was certainly the experience of Dominic Day, a Saracens and former Welsh international rugby player, who started taking CBD (by vaping, initially) for a knee injury sustained in 2018. “I saw an online article about how CBD could help with pain, and thought I would give it a go,” he says. “Within a couple of days, I noticed I was sleeping better. I woke up feeling refreshed and my recovery after training seemed faster.”
The first thing that many people report is an improvement in their sleep. Another upside is that there are no dangers associated with CBD. It is well-tolerated and totally non-toxic. In conclusion, if you suffer from sleep deprivation, this might just be your answer.