December 16, 2022 5 min read
A good night's sleep improves your cognitive function and cardiovascular health and removes toxic substances from the body. CBD gummies have grown due to their ability to improve sleep quality. This blog explains how CBD gummies improve sleep quality and what to consider when purchasing them.
CBD gummies are widespread in local and online stores due to their health and therapeutic benefits to users. The gummies are popular for reducing muscle aches, inflammation, and stress, and anxiety, vital precursors of quality sleep. They reduce drug addictions and treat skin conditions. Research suggests that 80% of individuals do not get enough sleep; CBD may offer an alternative to the many people who cannot sleep due to work schedules, anxiety, pain, and inflammation.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is among the main chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. It is among hundreds of other chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, which include THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBG, and CBC.
CBD is obtained from the hemp or marijuana plants which are strains of the cannabis plant. Although marijuana is a major source of psychoactive THC, it contains CBD. In contrast, hemp contains a higher concentration of CBD, with low levels of THC, making it the ideal source of CBD. Therefore, CBD-based products do not make their users feel 'high.'
CBD also contains other essential chemical compounds like terpenes and flavonoids. Elzinga et al. (2015) stated that terpenes are organic compounds responsible for a plant's unique scent, while flavonoids give cannabis flavor.
The desire to become the best predisposes many to poor sleep quality and quantity. Also, daily stressors like pain, inflammation, and anxiety reduce sleep quality.CBD gummies alleviate sleep issues in the following ways;
Shannon et al. (2019) stated that CBD gummies help sleep by reducing stress and anxiety. The gummies enhance anandamide functionality, a neurotransmitter that regulates the sleep cycle. In addition, Cannabidiol in the gummies triggers increased melatonin production, a hormone that informs the brain to fall asleep. Higher levels of melatonin and anandamide trigger the brain to fall into a deep sleep, further improving heart health and removing toxic substances from the body.
CBD also interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) by binding indirectly with its receptors. The ECS regulates processes like digestion, pain signaling, and breathing. Di Marzo et al. (2015) stated that CBD binds indirectly with CB2 receptors, transmitting impulses that reduce inflammation and muscle aches, thus improving sleep quality. CBD also enhances Gamma-AminoButryic Acid (GABA) activity, alleviating depression, stress and anxiety.
Most people resort to CBD gummies to improve their sleep quality because they are portable and convenient. In addition, it is easier to find the right dosage with CBD gummies since the dosage and potency are often indicated on the product label. However, CBD gummies have a precise dosage, so you cannot adjust the dosage at your discretion.
Before consuming CBD gummies for sleep, consult your doctor on the right dosage. The dosage depends on the patient's metabolism, weight, body chemistry, age, and frequency of use. For example, people new to CBD should start small and slowly increase the dosage as their bodies adapt to CBD. On the other hand, people with a higher weight would require more gummies since the ingested CBD gummies can be deposited under the skin as fat tissue because Cannabidiol is a fat-soluble compound.
If the sleep problems are severe, you may require more CBD gummies. However, one should increase the dosage after medical advice.
Moreover, people with a higher metabolism need more CBD gummies to improve their sleep since lower doses are easily broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream.
CBD gummies have a slower bioavailability. The lower bioavailability does not make them less effective; it only means the gummies would take longer to manifest.
CBD gummies are well-tolerated in the human body. However, there are some exceptions.
CBD gummies are reported to cause fatigue, migraines, and changes in weight among certain individuals. They may negatively interact with other drugs, reducing their metabolism in the liver. Other side effects include diarrhea, nausea, and drowsiness.
Besides using CBD gummies, various techniques can be administered to improve sleep quality. For example, sleep hygiene practices can be implemented to induce a peaceful aura, triggering the mind and the body to relax and ease tension. These practices include cleaning the room, making it darker, and improving its scent. In addition, relaxation techniques like yoga may also come in handy.
"You are what you eat" is a quote with sufficient medical backing that encourages people to consume healthier foods. Therefore, avoid foods that increase inflammation in the body tissues since this may adversely affect your sleep.
CBD gummies cannot make you feel 'high' since they lack THC. It is worth noting that full-spectrum CBD gummies contain THC, although the compound's levels are extremely low to cause any psychoactive effects. However, full-spectrum CBD gummies may test positive in a drug test.
CBD gummies are effective in improving sleep quality. They reduce anxiety, stress, inflammation, and pain, which are precursors of sleeplessness. They also enhance GABA's activity, triggering the production of anandamide and melatonin.
While purchasing CBD gummies, ensure you read the customer reviews and confirm whether the product has undergone independent third-party testing. CBD gummies cannot make you feel high since they lack THC. They may, however, show up in a drug test. Other sleep-inducing methods like sleep hygiene practices and relaxation techniques can supplement the gummies for inducing sleep.
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Di Marzo, V., &Piscitelli, F. (2015). The endocannabinoid system and its modulation by phytocannabinoids. Neurotherapeutics, 12(4), 692-698.
Elzinga, S., Fischedick, J., Podkolinski, R., &Raber, J. C. (2015). Cannabinoids and terpenes as chemotaxonomic markers in cannabis. Nat. Prod. Chem. Res, 3(81), 10-4172.
Shannon, S., Lewis, N., Lee, H., & Hughes, S. (2019). Cannabidiol in anxiety and sleep: a large case series. The Permanente Journal, 23.
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