Sleep Disorders & CBD
Scientists have made a lot of progress in understanding how CBD produces its calming, pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory effects in the body—and there’s still more to learn. We know that CBD interacts with many different receptors, proteins, and other chemicals in the brain. These interactions create changes in the activity of neurotransmitters, hormones, and other cells throughout the brain and body. Through these interactions, CBD appears to be able to affect many of the body’s functions, from sleep-wake cycles and emotional regulation to inflammation, pain perception, and seizures.
Our bodies actually produce their own cannabinoids, as part of what’s known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is involved in regulating many physiological processes, including mood, pain perception, appetite, and cognitive functions. CBD interacts in part with the body’s endocannabinoid system and its receptors.
According to a growing body of research, CBD may play a role in the growth of new brain cells, a process known as neurogenesis. CBD is also widely recognized as having anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities, which make CBD a promising therapy for a wide range of conditions, from neurological disorders to autoimmune diseases to chronic pain and depression.
CBD also works as an analgesic—a pain reducer—in the body.
Benefits of CBD
Scientists are devoting a great deal of attention to CBD these days, and we’re continually learning more about the broad spectrum of benefits it may offer to health.
CBD has the ability to reduce anxiety, which can be helpful in reducing sleep difficulties and improving sleep quality. CBD may increase overall sleep amounts, and improve insomnia, according to research. CBD has been shown to reduce insomnia in people who suffer from chronic pain.
In smaller doses, CBD stimulates alertness and reduces daytime sleepiness, which is important for daytime performance and for the strength and consistency of the sleep-wake cycle.
CBD may help reduces REM behavior disorder in people with Parkinson’s disease. REM behavior disorder is a condition that causes people to act out physically during dreaming and REM sleep. Typically, during REM, the body is largely paralyzed, a state known as REM atonia. This immobilization keeps sleepers from reacting physically to their dreams. In REM behavior disorder, this paralysis doesn’t occur, leaving people free to move—which can lead to disruptive sleep and to injuring themselves or their sleeping partners. Cannabis may also work to reduce pain and improve sleep quality in people with Parkinson’s disease.
CBD may help improve REM sleep abnormalities in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Spinal Cord Injury & CBD
Many more people are becoming aware of cannabis’ painkilling superpowers, but why it works so well is a story largely left untold. Research has helped piece together an understanding, but despite crystal clear results, development of cannabinoid-based medications for spinal cord injuries remains halted at the political gate.
Studies have confirmed cannabis’ ability to treat many signature symptoms of SCI including pain, spasticity, insomnia, and depression. Some improvement in bladder and bowel control has also been noted. Cannabinoids, the medicinal compounds found in cannabis, are what offer this amazing diversity of symptom relief to SCI patients.
Cannabidiol (CBD), the compound mentioned by Parsons, is slowly but surely becoming a name in the arena of pain relievers. Studieshave not only demonstrated CBD’s remarkable painkilling properties, but also its ability to reduce spasticity and improved motor functionin SCI patients.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), though stereotyped as marijuana’s "psychoactive stoner" compound, carries its own medical value in treating spinal cord injuries. Various studiesshow that THC improves many SCI symptoms including pain, spasticity, bladder control, and insomnia.
It’s clear that cannabis, even in its raw form, is providing patients with safe relief of SCI symptoms. Other research monitoring the restoration of nerve function and growth of new cells by cannabis compounds is further brightening futures for people living with chronic pain and other conditions. How long patients will be waiting for factual information and improved cannabis policy, however, is unknown.
Stress & CBD
Do you feel like your nervous system is very poor and runs on high alert all the time? Until recently, I still found it very hard to calm my own nervous system down at times, after having stimulating things like coffee, too much raw chocolate and anything that was ‘exciting,’ for example, even hearing some really good news.
The first time I really saw the power of CBD oil was after I had not slept a wink the night after I had a very strong raw chocolate cake. By 2pm the next day, I felt awful, like I had too much jittery energy in my body and around my heart. A friend reminded me to take some CBD oil that I had in my cupboard and the result was quite mind blowing. Within just ten minutes, my entire mind and body had calmed down, and all of the jittery feeling went totally away. It felt truly incredible to see it happen that fast.
If you have also had years of stress, or suffered from a very serious traumatic event, this may literally have reprogrammed your body to be in a constant fight or flight stage. If you don’t do anything about it, then it may mean you could be more predisposed to an early heart attack, or even stroke. Our bodies need to work in a healthy balance.
Now that CBD oil is legal in some countries (and states) across the world, I’ve personally been trying CBD oil for the last few months and have found that the effects are quite profound, as have others I know, and I am excited to share them with you.
How Does It Work?
Cannabinoids (the chemical component of cannabis) are proven to activate certain receptors found throughout our bodies, which produce pharmalogic effects, especially that of the central nervous system and the immune system. You might be fascinated to know that there are natural cannabinoids found in human breast milk.
The endocannabinoid system found in humans is said to affect many varieties of physiologic processes. These include pain sense, memory, appetite, food intake, energy balance and motor control.