Lots of people have questions about CBD and its potential benefits for alleviating sleeping disorders. Well, look no further, here we break down some of the advantages, and limitations, of this cannabinoid molecule. How much can it do to help resolve a recurring problem of sleepless nights? How is it best taken to maximize sleeping benefits, and what are the limits of its power over your slumber?
Sleep is essential for the proper functioning of the body and for your overall health. According to doctors, it is advisable to sleep no less than 8 hours each night to stay in shape. Yet globally, a large percentage of the population do not respect these 8 hours of sleep and therefore suffer from insomnia. To help them sleep, some people resort to sedatives or other sleep-inducing drugs. But, there is still another way that seems to be effective that will allow you to sleep at night: CBD.
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Does CBD help you sleep?
If you are one of those people who have difficulty sleeping at night and suffer from severe or mild insomnia CBD can be a godsend. Indeed, taking CBD before going to bed can be a solution to fight your insomnia and finally give you a good night’s sleep.
Contrary to the drugs prescribed by doctors which generally have severe side effects and/or eventual dependence CBD represents a more natural path.
CBD enables your body to sleep better thanks to all the soothing properties it has. It makes it possible to attenuate the stress that is keeping you up at night, but also to sooth the muscles and calm any ongoing physical pains. Since CBD has a calming effect on the nervous system, it can help you to sleep like a baby once again.
In general, CBD activates the production of melatonin, in other words, it is the hormone that controls the chronological rhythms. All this allows you to sleep faster and therefore not to suffer from insomnia during the whole night. CBD allows you to sleep faster but also longer and therefore, it offers you a more restful sleep.
In order for you to enjoy a relaxing and restful sleep CBD makes sure to control the different phases of REM sleep.
What is the best dose of CBD to take before sleeping?
To cure your insomnia and to benefit from 8 hours of sleep as recommended by doctors, as we have mentioned, you can have recourse to CBD.
Being a natural compound, is not a pharmaceutical drug, there therefore cannot generally be an overdose with CBD. It is in fact advisable to start the consumption of CBD for sleep by taking a high dose, over a short period of time, shortly before bed. This is better than a low dose over the long term, as its effectiveness is optimal only during the early stages.
CBD can be considered, therefore, more of a dietary supplement and less a treatment to take all your life. You can consume it in the form you want, it is up to you to choose what suits you best between:
- CBD oil
- CBD flower
- CBD resin
- Consumable products
If you decide to take it in the form of a vaporizer, know that this method is perfect if you want instant results. By vaporizing the cannabinoid, it is assimilated faster. If on the contrary, you wish to obtain effects in a slower way, we advise you to choose oil or consumable products (like chocolate or candies) as the assimilation of CBD is slower and its effects last longer.
Does CBD cure insomnia permanently?
CBD is not a medicine, but rather a supplement, it certainly cannot cure your illnesses. Its main mission is to relieve pain and reduce various symptoms that you may suffer.
CBD can be a short term solution that will not rid you permanently of the insomnia you are suffering from. It is then more judicious for a long-term result and to find a way to definitively cure your sleep problems to consult a professional in the field and thus a doctor.
This way you may find a solution which will have an effect over a long time, even, hopefully, definitively in order not to suffer any more from sleep disorders.
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