With the growing burden of an ever evolving world crunching upon the shoulders of mankind, the problem of being not able to sleep at night has started to take a very bad turn as of recent days and is plaguing the nights of thousands if not millions of people out there. In fact, just alone on the United States, it has been strategically calculated to figure out that almost 70 million citizens are suffering from at least one type of sleeping disorder and of those 70 million, 60% get affecting by it at a chronic rate.
What Exactly Is Insomnia?
The definition of Insomnia is a largely broad one and it is hard to accurately pinpoint and come up with a solid definition. But just so we are clear, if you are simply not able to sleep for perhaps a few days due to extended stress at your office or perhaps your school or college, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a victim of Insomnia. There various signs and symptoms which are needed to be taken into account before establishing the diagnosis of being an insomniac.
By now you have already understood that Insomnia at its core is a kind of sleeping disorder. According to a world renowned physician group
“Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so.”
Various kinds of insomnia have been categorized based on their duration, such as Acute Insomnia which is the small term one that falls under the sleeplessness which you might get before your final exams. That’s not usually a problem, however there are some people for whom this becomes a daily bread and butter, no matter how much they try, they are not able to fall asleep and visit the land of dreams. This is when the sever Insomnia is brought into account which is named as “Chronic Insomnia” that has a duration of weeks to even months.
Insomniac people tend to have a large list of other peripheral diseases linked to their normal abnormal sleeping condition, aside from the fact they experience huge alterations in their life style for not being able to focus on their day to day jobs properly, these people often get afflicted by Sinus Allergies, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hyperthyroidism, Arthritis, Chronic Pain and Also different levels of Asthma. Not only that, due to their overall change in the flow of life, they ultimately end up becoming a victim of severe depression as well.
Will CBD be the savior here?
CBD oil for sleep: As it turns out, CBD actually has the potential of becoming a beacon of hope for the millions of people out there who are suffering from Chronic Insomnia. Obviously, it is in your power to go ahead to gulp up as many sleeping pills as you can to get a temporary boost of drowsiness, but doing so, you will only throw yourself further into oblivion as the number of side effects which are accompanied by the prolonged usage of sedatives is near astronomical!
The problem is however, despite being potent enough, the number of actual clinical trials that has been implemented is very low. Most of the ones which has garnered some positive showable positive results were mainly experimented on mice or rodents. Human trials are still very scarce.
So, what is CBD doing to the body?
Before I go ahead and answer that question, I want you to first understand one thing. Marijuana is not just a drug that can only be used for Recreational purposes. Marijuana or Medicinal Cannabis has a much diversified lineage of possibilities thanks to its composition of over 80+ compounds, each of which has their own unique attribute.
The most common and highlighted compounds are the THC and CBD. The feelings of euphoria of which people are always afraid of, comes from the psychoactive compound that is THC, CBD on the other hand holds a completely different story. This strain is not only non-psychoactive, but it is bursting with chemical makeups that can be used to treat a multitude of diseases that are still being considered to be incurable! Medicinal Marijuana Doctors all around the world are now prescribing legalized medicinal Marijuana to their patients who had lost all their hope, and after prolonged usage they are gradually getting their normal life back.
With that out of the way, lets now get into the really juice stuff! Our brain has a neurological system which goes by the name of an Endocannabinoid System or ECS for short which is basically a group of Cannabinoid receptors that are found in the human brain that consist of neuromodulator lipids and their receptors. It has been shown that this very cannabinoid system is responsible for a variety of physiological processes of the body including the appetite, mood, locomotion as well as sleep.
CBD in itself is a phytocannabinoid compound that directly interacts with the brain’s cannabinoid receptors and influences the brain to alter its directives. When the presence of CBD is detected by the receptors, two immediate actions takes place, firstly the adenosine receptors are activated which gives you a jolt of energy, waking you up from your drowsiness. But when the time comes for you to fall asleep, it also helps your mind to very subtly relax by sending the right anxiety-inhibiting neurological signals thanks to CBD being an anxiolytic which altogether wraps up to give you the sleep which you have day-dreaming for.
But all of this information at the time being might be just theoretical mumbo jumbo because of not having any concrete evidence right? Well, as it turns out we are not completely in the dark. As of recent years a very thorough experiment was done which had a huge scope of around a 1000 patients, each whom had some sort of sleeping disorder in conjunction with other diseases such as multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathic pain as well as rheumatoid arthritis. What the scientists did was inject these patients with standardized oromucosal cannabis based solution containing primarily THC, CBD or a 1: 1 combination of two Sativex Strains.
The results were, as expected very promising as almost 40-50% of the test subjects had shown significant improvements in their sleeping pattern and wake up cycle, all of which indicated that if utilized properly, then CBD can indeed become the savior for Insomniac Patients.