Sleep is one more interesting application for CBD. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant – considered a hemp plant with less than .3% THC. THC is the psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. Both THC and CBD can be therapeutic and play a role in treating sleep issues, though the effects can be quite different from each other. This is why it is important to know the differences so you can choose a product that is right for you.
CBD’s calming and pain relieving effects can help to alleviate other health issues that get in the way of a good night’s sleep. When taken before bed, researchers see it take effect in the body at stage three of sleep, about 35-45 minutes after falling asleep when brain waves slow down. According to Dr. Michael Breus, “CBD may increase overall sleep amounts, and improve insomnia, according to research.” On the other hand, when taken at a very low dose, CBD has been shown to have a wake-inducing effect. With lower doses, CBD tends to decrease stage three sleep and reduce sleepiness the following day.
Studies on THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid) indicate that it may decrease the time it takes to fall asleep, but in the long term could impair the quality of sleep. It could be that a combination of CBD and THC will help achieve the ultimate nights sleep. But it is CBD that may lengthen total sleep time and help with adapting to a healthier sleep schedule.
When choosing a CBD product for sleep, something to be aware of are the added herbs or minerals. Valerian Root, Magnesium, and Passion Flower have been shown to inhibit the breakdown of GABA, a chemical in our brain connected to calmness and tranquility. In synthesized form, the hormone Melatonin can also be combined with CBD. Melatonin works with circadian rhythm to tell the brain when it is time to prepare the body for sleep. When these natural elements are blended with CBD, they can produce some very powerful results without the side effects experienced from prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids.