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CBD products and insomnia

Everyone who has tried cannabis will confirm the fact that it can cause you to be very, very sleepy. Therefore, it is not surprising that CBD is a popular sedative. In this article, we will try to understand whether CBD is really a reliable, natural sedative. You can find such products here

Why cannabis causes drowsiness?

It is important to note that the effects of cannabis use vary greatly depending on individual susceptibility, strain, dosage and setting. While one person may take a small joint with indica, which is a good sedative, another may feel anxious, nervous. Despite this, there is some strong evidence that cannabis (or, more specifically, CBD) can help to improve sleep. In 2008, various studies were presented that suggest that CBD can cause drowsiness by activating the CB1 receptors.

A slightly older study (published in 1973) from the State Hospital of Napa, California, and the Boston State Hospital of the Department of Mental Health, investigated the effect of CBD on patients with insomnia. The study showed that cannabinoid not only shortens the time needed for patients to fall asleep, but also increases the total duration of sleep. In addition, Dr. Rahna Patel, an expert in medical marijuana from California, reported that many of her patients who suffer from insomnia or sleep apnea found that medical cannabis helps:

fall asleep faster;

sleep longer;

continue to sleep if you are disturbed or woken.

How CB1 receptor stimulation contributes to sleep is not entirely clear. However, it is known that the endocannabinoid system is involved in a wide range of neurological processes. Further research in this area is likely to help uncover exactly what makes cannabis such a promising sedative for most patients.

Cannabis reduce sleep quality?

It is important to note that cannabis is not a miracle cure for sleep problems. The facts show that it can help you fall asleep faster and sleep longer, while at the same time it is more difficult for them to enter the phase of slow sleep (deep sleep). In fact, it has been proven that both CBD and THC reduce the duration of REM sleep in patients. In addition, it is believed that regular users of cannabis suffer from sleep problems, especially when they stop consuming for a while. A common complaint among such consumers is vivid dreams.

In a study on THC, it was determined that THC shortens REM sleep and reduces eye mobility during sleep. The REM sleep phase is the deepest and most important sleep stage that helps us feel active and restored after waking up. By suppressing the REM sleep phase, compounds such as THC can actually reduce the quality of sleep the patient receives, causing him to feel weak, tired, tired, or perhaps even “hangover” in the morning.

Anyway CBD can be really helpful if you have some problems with the sleep quality. Recent studies show that cannabis is recommended for use with sleep problems. This is due to the presence of specific chemical compounds in the plant, which are called cannabinoids. The powerful effect of these substances is related to the fact that they are similar in composition to the endocannabinoid pro`.

Six scientific studies from 1973 to 2009 confirm that even those who suffer from chronic insomnia fall asleep faster and deeper after taking tetrahydrocannabinol and CBD, the most studied chemical compound of cannabis. However, in this case, it is necessary to closely monitor the dose, because instead of sleep, you can get a strong nervous excitement.

Back in 2008, a German research team from the University of Freiburg confirmed that low doses of CBD strengthen the sleep cycle by accelerating the entry into the deep sleep phase. Deep sleep is very important for human health: the brain is effectively cleansed by toxins, accumulated stress is eliminated and the normal activity of the immune system is maintained.

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Arousal: Those that wake the sleeper; night terrors and sleepwalking.
Night Terrors
Sleep-Wake Transition: Those that cause partial arousal; sleep talking.
REM Sleep: Those that occur during REM; RBD and sleep paralysis.
Sleep Paralysis
Other Parasomnias: Bedwetting, teeth grinding and SIDS 
Teeth Grinding

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