Approximately 50-70 million Americans live with insomnia. This common sleep disorder results in poor sleep quality due to difficulty falling and staying asleep, but is often difficult to treat because everyone’s individual case is different. Because CBD promotes restful sleep, there are now online testimonials of people attempting to use CBD in a bid to address their insomnia.
Because hemp was classified as a Schedule I substance until the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, there are no federal research studies on the topic of CBD usage and insomnia.
A 2015 case study, published in The Permanente Journal, showed success in treating the insomnia of a 10-year-old girl who suffered from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. After five months of regular CBD usage, her score on the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children dropped from 59 to 38 and indicated she no longer suffered from insomnia.
However, it’s important to note that everyone reacts differently to CBD and an individual case does not reflect how everyone will respond to it.
A 2006 sleep study that used CBD on rats suggested that “since CBD induces alertness, it might be of therapeutic value in sleep disorders such as excessive somnolence.” The study also concluded that more research on this topic was needed.
The human body has an endocannabinoid system that will respond to cannabinoids from external sources, including CBD. The endocannabinoid system helps regulate biological processes such as pain, mood and appetite, all of which can have an affect on sleep.
A study using animals, published in the European Journal of Pain, found that topical use of CBD could help reduce inflammation and pain caused by arthritis. However, more studies on humans are needed to further substantiate these claims.
Talk With Your Doctor
You should consult with your doctor or medical professional before incorporating CBD into your daily routine. They can advise on whether it might interact with medications you are currently taking or affect any medical conditions you might have.
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