This article by Madeleine Taylor was originally published on SundayScaries.
For many people who struggle with insomnia, a natural remedy that actually works seems a pipe dream that doesn’t exist. If you have tossed and turned for several nights in a row and drank your bodyweight in chamomile tea to no avail, you will be all too familiar with the anguish I am referring too. Worst of all, the more you think about how much you want to sleep, the less likely it is to happen. This is due to underlying anxiety and stress of what could happen tomorrow if you don’t sleep, which causes many people to lose themselves in a mental turmoil of catastrophizing.
With traditional sleep aids like benzodiazepines being highly addictive and thus accompanied by nasty withdrawal symptoms and side effects, most people tend to steer clear of sleeping tablets and instead trawl the Internet for hours, desperately searching for home remedies that actually work. And while it is true that certain teas and natural pills can be effective in some cases, in the most severe cases of insomnia, they aren’t.
Fortunately, there is now a solution that is reliable, effective, and extremely efficient to help you fall asleep, get a good night’s rest, and break that sleep-wake cycle. And, best of all, it won’t break the bank.
Introducing CBD Oil for a Better Night’s Sleep
Though they contain THC, cannabis-based products, including marijuana, have already been proven to help reduce the symptoms of serious diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain. And, as the world wakes up to a new and natural approach to combating illness, more research is being funded into the therapeutic benefits of CBD oil to treat everyday ailments like insomnia. So far, existing research indicates that CBD oil is capable of helping you sleep better and the more frequently you take it, the better the long-term effects will be. If you are just starting out on your CBD journey, or you simply want to learn more about how it can help combat the effects of insomnia, we have prepared seven tips to help you sleep better at night, as well as how to figure out the correct dosage to ensure a decent night’s sleep and improve your overall sleep quality.
Take Your CBD Oil Earlier in the Day
Unlike traditional prescription sleeping pills, CBD should not be taken just before you want to go to sleep. It is not a question of instant gratification, but rather taking an appropriate dose a few hours before bed so that your endocannabinoid system can absorb all of the benefits of the oil and get to work in a timely manner. One of the main reasons we recommend CBD, such as hemp CBD oil, for sleep disorders, is that if you take it regularly, it is capable of adapting and balancing the hormones and chemicals in your body responsible for ensuring a good night’s sleep. This means that you don’t have to worry about missing a dose (on occasion), as its half-life is considerably longer than that of benzodiazepines.
Consistency Is Key
Like with THC products and cannabis, while you can experience the benefits of CBD oil almost instantly, it is important to be consistent with your daily doses in order to experience the maximum benefits of this potent, all-natural sleep aid. As we mentioned above, CBD oil works to efficiently and effectively treat a multitude of different conditions and it could be that your lack of sleep is actually a result of an underlying issue like fear, worry, or anxiety. You will need to find the appropriate dose through trial and error, which shouldn’t take long for you to pinpoint if you keep up with your daily ingestion of the tincture.
Set the Scene
A mind is a brilliant tool and if we learn to control it, it will be our greatest ally. If you have struggled with insomnia for several years, then it is important to let go of any expectations you might have. We tend to forget just how powerful our subconscious mind can be, so when you start taking CBD oil try to limit your expectations. If you take your drops and you are convinced that it isn’t going to work, you won’t allow yourself to succumb to the effects, and you may subconsciously try and negate the relaxing vibe that you are actually feeling deep down. Always approach CBD with an open mind and know that it will not harm you in any way.
Find the Right Dosage
If you have been battling issues like insomnia, pain, or anxiety for as long as you can remember, and you have yet to find something that actually works to relieve the negative symptoms, then CBD oil could be the solution. While you might be extremely excited to experience the beneficial effects that everyone talks about, you don’t necessarily need to take the highest dose of CBD oil available. Whilst the precise recommended dose of CBD proportionate to your bodyweight has yet to be pinpointed, experts usually recommend that you should start with a lower dosage and gradually increase the amount you take until you reach the point where you notice it working. It is also worth noting that it is virtually impossible to overdose on CBD oil and as it is a completely non-addictive substance, you don’t need to worry about the potentially harmful side effects that exist with other medications when you suddenly increase or lower your dosage. It is a case of trial and error but, as a guideline, the Mayo Clinic recommends a dose of 40–160 mg of CBD consumed orally each day. While you are trying to figure out your ideal dose of CBD oil, you will want to factor in a few things:
- How bad your insomnia actually is
- How much you weigh
- Your tolerance to CBD
- The cause of your sleep disorder (if known)
Once you have a clearer idea of what you are setting yourself up to tackle, you can better prepare yourself for success.
If you are trying CBD for the first time, you could find it helpful to keep a note of your daily experiences and the dose you took while you are trying to calculate the ideal dosage to meet your needs. This will allow you to hone in on what works for you and more importantly, what feels best for you so you can implement a long-term strategy based on personal facts. There is plenty of information on the subject of CBD and insomnia online, but always try to learn from reputable and legitimate articles and medical journals. You can also try talking to a licensed medical professional, who is experienced in prescribing CBD for sleep disorders as well as researching the most appropriate strain to combat your specific issues. Finally, most reputable online dispensaries will offer you the opportunity to buy smaller bottles of CBD oil so you can try them out before committing to ordering larger sizes or quantities. Regardless of how long it takes for you to get your dosage right, you will see an improvement in your sleep patterns even when taking a lower dose than what is ideal for you.