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CBD Against Insomnia

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In the form of oil and other pharmaceutical forms, CBD has proven effectiveness in the fight against sleep disorders. It is evidenced by a number of studies, many of which were conducted relatively recently. What is the main conclusion of all research on CBD? Like THC, CBD affects the body’s endocannabinoid system, responsible for physical and mental balance. At the same time, the critical difference between CBD and THC remains the absence of psychedelic effects, which are also called high – and stoned-effects. CBD, unlike THC, acts as a natural sleeping pill – gently, effectively, and safely.

What does the research say?

Speaking of research on CBD’s effectiveness, we need to talk about the study of the effect of the substance on a number of factors that provoke insomnia. According to a study by the Mayo clinic, in 99% of cases, insomnia is provoked by:

  • intense or background stress;
  • mental disorders of various origins;
  • PTSD;
  • depression;
  • pain of various origins;
  • environmental factor.

Having all the conditions described above, the patient can successfully cope with the systematic intake of CBD. Any stressful state is taken under control by CBD oil or pill forms. CBD-containing drugs also blunt chronic pain. As for external factors, CBD can reduce the level of anxiety, thereby negating the negative impact of triggers. It is important that if you have mental disorders, or PTSD and deep depressive states, CBD intake should be under the full control of the attending physician.

A Research Trusted Source study involving 70+ subjects found that taking 25 mg of CBD improves 66% of patients’ sleep and reduces anxiety in just under 79%. Also, a 2018 review by Trusted Source in Frontiers in Pharmacology confirms the fact of reducing pain when taking CBD in the form of capsules.

Since pain directly affects the quality of sleep, CBD can also improve sleep by reducing chronic pain in some cases.

A 2017 review notes that CBD is effective in combating excessive daytime sleepiness. The authors of the study held in 2014 confirmed that CBD could promote wakefulness.

It doesn’t matter if you suffer from daytime lethargy or lack of sleep at night – CBD normalizes the condition and alleviates several indirect symptoms that affect the quality of sleep.

How to use CBD against insomnia?

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If you need to combat insomnia, you can use any of the following ways to use CBD, namely:

  • vaping;
  • CBD oils;
  • CBD tinctures;
  • Pill form;
  • Capsules;
  • Edible forms.

The fastest effect of taking CBD occurs when vaping. However, it is worth remembering the risks to the respiratory system associated with vaping and smoking.


The dosage of CBD is determined individually. When choosing a dosage for a particular patient, the doctor proceeds from such parameters as:

  • Chemical composition of blood;
  • Patient’s body weight;
  • The nature of insomnia;
  • Other individual features.

At the same time, the generally accepted recommended dosage for patients with various pathologies varies from 25 to 1500 mg. The doctor first prescribes the minimum dose, after which it is increased until an optimal balance of effectiveness and safety is achieved.

In the treatment of insomnia, CBD is recommended to take no more than 2-3 weeks. During this time, the patient’s sleep is normalized, and after a month, CBD will not be needed – the body will reach the desired balance and fully rest and fully wake up. At the same time, you should not expect an instant result. The effect will come after the prolonged intake of CBD.

Side effects

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Any medicinal product, including natural CBD oil, has its side effects. Numerous studies on CBD’s effect on the human body confirm the following side effects that may occur when taking the drug:

  • Fatigue;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Increased appetite;
  • Weight change.

Although the authors of several studies have recorded the above-mentioned side effects, in practice, CBD is considered one of the safest means to combat sleep disorders. Unlike traditional sleeping pills, which are addictive and provoke some adverse effects, CBD acts gently. A huge advantage of CBD is that the substance can be taken together with other drugs. However, it is important to consult with your doctor before taking any CBD in pharmaceutical formulations.


CBD helps to achieve healthy and sound sleep. Acting on the causes of insomnia, such as stress and chronic pain, CBD becomes an indispensable natural sleeping pill, confirmed by a number of studies in 2014-2019, participants of which noted a wide range of positive effects from taking cannabidiol. CBD has a bright future in the treatment of insomnia, even though the effectiveness of the drug has yet to be confirmed by appropriate larger-scale studies.

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  • Cannafyl 2020-10-23 02:31:48
    Maintaining a regular sleep schedule is highly beneficial but might not be so easy to incorporate into your daily life. However, with the help of CBD, you might start to notice that some of those sleep issues start to disappear.

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