Does Hemp Help with Sleep

Hemp and Insomnia

Studies have shown a clear link between cannabinoids derived from industrial hemp and sleep. 

What are cannabinoids? They are a type of phenolic compound found in industrial hemp plants  They exert their main effects through interactions with our body’s endocannabinoid system providing beneficial effect to many aspects of our health. It aids endocannabinoid system to maintain balance.

CBD, the most important cannabinoid in hemp oil, has been found to lead to low-dose alertness and focus.

Various phenolic compounds found in industrial hemp plants suggest hemp oil may be used in a variety of sleep disorders with no negative side effects. 

If you  have trouble falling asleep or wish you could do it faster? Research shows full-spectrum hemp oil extract helps to improve  quality and duration of sleep.

Did you know that nearly 50% of American adults report having difficulty sleeping.   Add the side effects and a danger of addiction. Cannabidiol  (CBD) -rich hemp oil on the other hand  lends natural means of improving sleep. 

CBD and THC are the two main and best studied cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Unlike psychoactive THC, CBD does not lead to the high levels associated with marijuana consumption. It does not appear to cause negative psychological side effects such as anxiety, paranoia and memory disorders, making its therapeutic benefits useful in everyday situations. 

While most cannabis research has focused on the cannabinoids CBD and THC, recent evidence suggests that the cannabinol or CBN may be an even more effective than any other cannabinoid found in hemp, as a sleeping aid.

Early research of products containing CBN oil has proven to be a useful natural remedy for sleep. Dutch Nutrient Elite by Long Live the Hemp is a single ingredient full spectrum hemp oil extract for insomnia. 100% fully water soluble in your choice of the drink.

In addition to cannabinoids, full-spectrum hemp oil is also rich in other phenolic compounds, studies of which have also shown sedative properties. Thanks to these phenolic compounds, full-spectrum hemp oil is so exceptional. When administered in the context of the full spectrum of phenolic compounds, they act synergistically to mutually enhance the desired effects. It is called entourage effect

The role of hemp oil in sleep is very important 

Sleep is a critical part of our daily lives and its quality has huge potential affect our economy as a whole. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than a third of American adults report daytime sleepiness, which disrupts work, social functioning, and driving for at least a few days each month. It is estimated that this drowsiness will cost the US $ 411 billion a year, which is an incredible2.28% of our GDP. 

Hemp oil has the potential to save Americans from sleep disorders and hundreds of billions of dollars while providing balancing  functional support for a number of positive health outcomes, such as reducing inflammation and growing new brain cells. 

Sleep research and industrial hemp oil extract

Cannabinoids have long been shown to positively affect the sleep-wake cycle helping to alleviate insomnia and promote more restful sleep. 

CBD, THC and other cannabinoids, such as CBN, interact with receptors of the endocannabinoid (EC) system in our body. Every human, dog, cat, mammal, amphibian etc has an internal EC system. The endocannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating the circadian rhythm of the sleep-wake cycle. Available data support the relationship between endocannabinoid signaling and circadian processes (Vaugn, et al 2010) and suggest that the endocannabinoid system has the ability to modulate circadian rhythms. 

When our endocannabinoid systems are activated by either internal or  external cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN or THC, they appear to trigger a number of therapeutic responses in our body. These include sedation, anxiolytic effects, neuroprotection, neurogenesis or new brain cell formation, anti-inflammatory effects, pain relief, increased metabolism, feelings of well-being and a positive impact on depression-related neurotransmitter serotonin levels. A few of our clients reported fast relief from red itchy eyes due to environmental exposure to mold or other other allergens.

THC and sleep 

Although the link between cannabinoids and the sleep cycle was established decades ago, it has been limited by our incomplete understanding of cannabis and its components. In the 1970s, preliminary research focused mainly on THC and marijuana. This early research involved several studies examining polysomnography-based sleep (PSG). Polysomnography, a diagnostic tool in sleep medicine, is a  type of sleep study that records brain waves, blood oxygen levels, heart rate and respiration, as well as leg and eye movements. 

Still other works on THC from 70-80-s period found a decrease in slow-wave sleep latency, an increase in slow-wave sleep, and an increase in total sleep time. Slow wave sleep, or SWS, refers to phase 3 of the sleep cycle. Although SWS sleep plays an important role in memory consolidation, the deepest phase of sleep is non-rapid eye movement (NREM). Sleepiness and dreaming  can occur during SWS. 

As the understanding of cannabis and its components by the research community has become more sophisticated and various effects of different cannabinoids have been discovered, sleep research has revived focusing on cannabinoid types (THC vs. CBD), cannabinoid ratio, timing and route of administration. which have been shown to play a key role in the results. 

CBD and sleep 

In 1981, Carlini and Cunha published a study of CBD in individuals with insomnia. They showed that administration of 160 mg / day of CBD resulted in a prolongation of total sleep time and a reduction in the frequency of nocturnal arousal. Although their study showed that CBD reduced dream induction, they did not find CBD that would cause a “hangover.” 

In 2004, Nicholson and colleagues published a pilot study in humans that showed that high doses of CBD were associated with improved sleep. Furthermore, in contrast to the use of THC as a sleep aid, which studies have shown the next day’s memory impairment, as well as increased drowsiness and mood swings, CBD does not appear to lead to these negative side effects. 

In a 2012 study of the effect of medium and high doses of CBD in rats, Hsiao and colleagues found that CBD blocks REM-induced sleep suppression and increases the percentage of total sleep time. Similarly, in 2013, Chagas and colleagues published a study that found an increase in the overall percentage of sleep in rats after a medium dose.

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