CBD and Sleep

CBD may help promote a better sleep

CBD oil is taken by some users to help with a range of sleep issues such as insomnia. Insomnia can be caused by a range of factors including stress, anxiety or depression. There is a body of research around CBD and sleep, but does it really work? We have curated some useful information about using CBD for sleep, so you can make your own informed decision about whether using CBD oil is right for you.

S1 Cannabidiol as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders
Evidence from this 2015 review conclusively demonstrates CBD’s efficacy in reducing anxiety behaviours.

S2 Cannabidiol may hold benefit for anxiety-related disorders
A 2019 research study found an improvement in sleep score in 66.7% of patients as well as a decreased anxiety score in 79.2% of patients.

S3 Cannabinoids and Pain
This 2018 review noted that current research supports the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of chronic pain in adults. The authors note that CBD could improve sleep by reducing pain.

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CBD and general Wellbeing

CBD works with the endocannabinoid system, which is a natural internal system in the body. It plays a role in the body’s natural processes to maintain balance, which is known as homeostasis. Many people regularly take CBD to maintain internal balance, similar to going to the gym or taking a daily vitamin.

CBD, homeostasis and the endocannabinoid system

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex physiological system present in all mammals. Research has shown the complexity of this system and suggests its involvement in various homeostatic processes. CBD (Cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring phytocannabinoid found in the hemp plant, which interacts with the body’s natural ECS.

There are two cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, which are present throughout the body but located most extensively in the central nervous system and immune system. We produce our own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, which interact with the ECS and bind CB1/CB2. Two of these endocannabinoids are called 2-AG (2-arachidonoyl glycerol) and anandamide. If endocannabinoids are produced in excess or are no longer needed, they are broken down by enzymes. The enzyme MAGL breaks down anandamide and FAAH breaks down 2-AG. The homeostatic feedback loop is maintained by endocannabinoids being synthesised, binding their receptors, and being broken down once their purpose has been achieved. This process is repeated until homeostasis is reached.

Research suggests that the endocannabinoid system switches on when it detects imbalances in the body, and switches off once balance has been restored.

In order to reach homeostasis, our body must find balance. For example, an athlete applies greater stress to their body which triggers pain and inflammation. There is no longer balance, so the endocannabinoid system tries to restore homeostasis. Taking supplementary cannabinoids can help achieve homeostatic balance.

CBD and Sleep FAQs

Does CBD affect deep sleep?

The anti-anxiety effects of CBD can contribute to a better REM (deep) sleep. These effects can reduce sleep disruptions which can lend to a better, less interrupted sleep. CBD is not a sleep regulator and taking CBD doesn’t guarantee a “good sleep” but it can contribute to an uninterrupted sleep – helping you to wake up feeling refreshed.

How much CBD should I take for insomnia or sleep?

It can vary person-to-person based on a variety of factors. Starting on a low dose and using a “step up” method is an effective way of finding the dosage that works for you. If you suffer a lot of sleep disruption in the night, you may wish to start of a higher dose. You can check out our dosage guide here for more information on where to start.

Does CBD affect sleep apnea?

There is no evidence yet to suggest CBD can cure sleep apnea, or is more effective than existing treatments such as PAP. However, CBD can help to regulate the sleep-wake cycle and can contribute to less sleep disruptions that may ultimately benefit suffers of sleep apnea. More research is needed to fully understand how CBD can help sufferers of sleep apnea.

Is CBD legal in Ireland?

CBD is legal in Ireland. Irish regulations state that CBD oil is legal so long as it contains no THC. Our CBD is regularly checked by third party labs to make sure our products are safe and legal. These reports are always available to view on our website, and we’re proud to be one of the first companies to have their products listed on the FSA’s new approved CBD products list. When you buy CBD from HempWell, you can rest assured that you’re receiving high quality, ethical CBD products.

Is CBD safe to use?

CBD is completely safe.Our CBD isolate has a guaranteed purity of at least 99.9%. We extract our CBD from hemp we grow ourselves, so we know exactly what it’s made of! We regularly have our oils tested by third-party labs to make sure there’s quality in every bottle. You can check out our lab reports here to see results from these tests.

Can I drive on CBD?

Yes, you can do everything as normal, including driving, while on CBD. It may seem counterintuitive, but there is actually some evidence that CBD can help wake you up and keep you alert throughout the day (which also helps you get to sleep at night!). Our products won’t inhibit your concentration, make you less alert, or make you fall asleep at the wheel, but will still help you drift off at the end of a long day. As always, if you feel tired at the wheel, it’s important to take a break.

How long does CBD take to work?

CBD has short and long term effects. In the short term, depending on how you choose to take CBD, you will begin to feel effects from anywhere between 10 minutes and 2 hours. However, CBD can also have a longer term effect on you and your body. As you continue to take CBD, some will stay in your body, and slowly build up to further help your endocannabinoid system. As a rule of thumb, we recommend that you use CBD consistently for at least 2 weeks to begin to see the full effects of our products.

What CBD dosage should I take for general wellbeing?

It depends on the person, but generally a low dosage should do. If you aren’t sure what a low dosage means for you, why not take a look at our CBD dosage guide. You may want to step-up your dosage each day until you find the right amount for you. The FSA recommends a maximum daily dosage of 70mg.

What CBD product is best for general wellbeing?

It depends on your personal preference. Here at Hemp Well we offer a range of CBD products so were sure you’ll find something you like. CBD Capsules are easy to take and great for on the go. Meanwhile our CBD Oils are great to add to a morning cup of coffee. Feel free to call us to discuss what product might suit you best, we are always happy to help.

Does CBD make you happier?

“Happier” is certainly a subjective term, but many customers suggest CBD has improved their quality of life – in some cases dramatically. The role CBD and the endocannabinoid system play is about helping your body to maintain it’s natural balance. There are no psychoactive or “high” effects when taking CBD, but some experience improved quality of life thanks to managed pain, reduced anxiety etc. Click here to read one of our guest posts about how CBD helped give a father his life back.