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How does CBD Help with Insomnia?

I'm having issues sleeping. Will CBD help?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system, which helps our body maintain a state of balance and stability.

How can CBD help with insomnia?

CBD decreases anxiety and pain, which can both interfere with restful sleep. Those who experience sleeplessness, or have trouble staying asleep, are often anxious about aspects of their waking life or anxious about their poor sleep patterns. By reducing certain symptoms, it’s also possible that sleep may improve.

According to the Mayo Clinicinsomnia can be caused by mental health disorders (anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression) or physical conditions, such as chronic pain. Those are conditions that CBD may help.

Note: This post content was written by Lani Rowe, Healthy lifestyler. CBD user and investigator.
Lani Rowe

Pain, which may also cause sleep problems, can be helped by CBD as well. A 2018 review in Frontiers in Pharmacology noted that there’s a fair amount of evidence to support the claim that CBD soothes the pain. The authors note that by reducing chronic pain, CBD can improve sleep.

Other research tells us that CBD affects the sleep cycle. Research from 2014 looked at four patients with Parkinson’s disease. It found that CBD improved the symptoms of REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), a disorder in which a person acts out their dreams. RBD is associated with poor sleep and nightmares.

2019 retrospective case study in the Permanente Journal carried out at an integrative medicine and psychiatric clinic investigated the use of CBD for anxiety and sleep. Twenty-five of the 72 patients surveyed reported poor sleep as a primary concern, while 47 reported anxiety as a primary concern.

At the first monthly assessment following the beginning of CBD treatment (25-175 milligrams per day), 66 percent of patients experienced an improvement in sleep, while 25 percent experienced worse sleep. At the two-month mark, 56 percent reported an improvement in sleep compared with the previous month, while 26 percent reported worsening problems associated with their sleep. The patients demonstrated a more sustained response to CBD as a treatment for anxiety than sleep and experienced a more marked reduction in their anxiety than their insomnia.

The authors also noted that the CBD was well-accepted and well-tolerated by the patients in the study, with minimal side effects.

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