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There are no uncertainties regarding the various benefits of using CBD. Recently, there has been an exponential increase in cannabinoid (CBD) oil production due to the wider market.
According to Williams et al. (2021), CBD oils can relieve pain and muscle spasms and is an essential product for skin care enthusiasts, who insist that CBD oil must be infused into your skin care regimen. With these benefits clearly outlined, an important question remains: does CBD improve sleep? How can it be used to improve sleep? This article will delve into CBD and how to use it to improve sleep.
According to Porcari et al. (2022), CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in hemp. Therefore, CBD oil cannot make you "high," as commonly mistaken. Hemp and marijuana are plant strains of the cannabis plant. These plant strains both contain CBD and psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is prevalent in marijuana and is known to be intoxicating due to its high levels (2.5%). However, there are minimal traces of THC in hemp (0.3%), making it more adaptable for commercial, medical, and recreational use.
Moreover, terpenes and flavonoids are other chemical compounds found in hemp. Leszko et al. (2021) argued that terpenes are instrumental in treating mood and anxiety disorders, while flavonoids are vital in protecting cells from oxidative damage that may cause diseases.
A US Congress passed the Farm Bill in 2018. This legislation led to the removal of hemp from the legal definition of marijuana according to the Controlled Substances Act. It was determined that hemp products that contained less than 0.3% THC were considered legal under federal law. However, state governments were mandated to develop laws and regulations regarding CBD administration. Thirty-six states have legalized CBD for medical use, while 14 other states have legalized CBD for recreational use.
Depending on the cannabinoid profile and the chemical compounds present, there are three types of CBD.
Full-spectrum CBD contains all chemical compounds found in hemp. These chemical compounds include CBD, THC, CBC, CBT, terpenes, and flavonoids. However, THC levels are significantly lower (0.3%), making CBD federally legal. This type offers the consumer the entourage effect. This may be accredited to the various chemical compounds that synergize to enhance the beneficial effects offered by CBD.
Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum CBD. However, broad-spectrum CBD does not contain THC since it is extracted from it.
Isolate CBD does not contain any other chemical compounds apart from CBD. These chemical compounds are extracted from it, thus the higher purity and potency levels of Isolate CBD.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the brain regulates bodily functions such as sleep, blood pressure, and body temperature. CBD reacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the brain to improve sleep, and it also reacts with neurotransmitters in the brain to reduce anxiety while sleeping.
When using CBD to improve sleep, you are spoilt for choice. Depending on how quickly you want to feel the effects, there are several ways to administer CBD. Furthermore, there are several ways CBD oils can help relieve sleep disorders such as anxiety, insomnia, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep disorder.
CBD capsules are relatively easy to consume since they are easy to measure. Always check the label on your capsule to get the recommended dose. Furthermore, pay a visit to your doctor for more clarification concerning your required dosage. It may take 30 minutes to feel the effects since the capsules must be processed in the digestive system.
Place a small amount of the CBD oil tincture under the tongue, and hold the tincture in place for 60-120 seconds, especially if you are a new user. Add your tincture to a drink if you don't like the taste. Squeeze 1-2 drops into your drink or check your tincture bottle for dosing. Drink it as quickly as you can. An oil tincture can start working in as little as 10 minutes since the blood capillaries under the tongue facilitate faster absorption into the bloodstream.
Apply CBD topical oils to relieve achy muscles, joints, and chronic pain that may develop during sleep and after gruesome body workouts. Put the massage oil on your fingers, then use your fingers to massage the oil directly onto the area you want to treat. Make circular motions on your skin as you apply the oil.
According to Maroon & Bost (2018), CBD boasts various advantages and neurological uses, including adjunctive treatment for malignant brain tumors, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease.
Booth & Bohlmann (2019) argued that terpenes present in CBD could be used to treat mood and anxiety disorders.
McFadden et al. (2021) also noted that other benefits of using CBD include, but are not limited to, managing drug withdrawal, reducing muscle spasms, reducing inflammation, and reducing anti-psychotropic effects for people with schizophrenia.
CBD has a variety of medical uses. It can improve sleep, relieve muscle spasms, manage drug withdrawal, and treat mood and anxiety disorders. Always purchase high-quality CBD products to benefit fully from the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. CBD products are effective for sleep but what might work for one individual might not work for the other. Consult the doctor before using these products.
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