In our last article we discussed how CBD can help those with anxiety disorders, but did you know CBD is perfect for those that have sleep issues as well?
Sleep is a major public health concern with serious ramifications. Insomnia and other sleeping disorders affect around 70 million people in the United States alone. Insufficient sleep can lead to a variety of acute and long term health problems such as heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. There are also profound psychological changes when one suffers from insomnia such as depression and mood swings that can impact friends, relatives and coworkers. These in turn have macro ramifications on public health care costs and society at large.
As with anxiety, a large part of our lack of sleep is a result of external pressures. In fact anxiety often is the cause of insomnia. Both issues can feed back on each other causing a pernicious cycle.
In a desperate attempt to relieve their insomnia, many people have sought out a variety of sleep aids. Most notable is the prescription medication Ambien (zolpidem) or over-the-counter medications with ingredients that contain Diphenhydramine (HCL). While they work in the short term, such medications, especially Ambien, have potentially severe side effects and can become addictive. The withdrawal symptoms from these sleep aids can be disastrous and at times fatal. When going cold-turkey the opposite effects occur with the patient suffering even worse anxiety and insomnia than before taking the medication.
With the easing restrictions on hemp-base therapeutic products a whole new set of natural options are now available for people suffering from insomnia. CBD (cannabidiol) is a breakthrough for those seeking more sleep. CBD provides this benefit without any harmful side effects seen with prescription drugs. With CBD you can get a good night’s rest without feeling groggy in the morning. This is a common issue with over the counter medications that contain Diphenhydramine HCl. While you may wall asleep with them you also get the infamous “hangover”.
A number of research studies have been done showing the efficacy of CBD in the treatment of insomnia. For example in these studies (Link 1) (Link 2) subjects administered CBD showed an increase in the amount of sleep as well as a reduction in insomnia.
The exact mechanism of action CBD takes to improve sleep is not known but research has shown that CBD interacts with several receptors in the ECS (endocannabinoid) system in our brain, as well as serotonin receptors, thereby influencing different sleep systems in the body.
The evidence keeps growing on the wonderful health benefits of CBD. Before heading to your local provider and trying potentially harmful prescription medicines, we invite you to give our amazing 120mg infused CBD patches a try. With our patent pending technology we are able to infuse the dry equivalent weight of 120mg of CBD onto each patch. We are also able to remove all the THC so there’s no worry about any psychoactive effects. You can enjoy our CBD patches without a doctor’s prescription as well!
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