Cannabidiol (CBD) and Insomnia
“The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to”- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ask most 100 year-olds about the secrets to their longevity and their answers are generally quite simple: good food and lots of sleep. In fact, a recent study by United Healthcare found that 70% of surveyed centenarians slept at least 8 hours a night.
But while we can all agree that a good night’s sleep is essential to wellbeing, millions of Americans cannot sleep soundly through the night. According to a 2017 study conduscted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Insomnia is costing the average U.S. worker 11.3 days, or $2,280 in lost productivity every year. Worse than its economic toll, the mental and physical toll of insomnia is even more devastating. Studies have shown that people who suffer from chronic sleep deprivation are more prone to obesity, depression and even, suicide. In addition, recent findings show that not getting enough sleep increases the risk of dementia and cancer.
The Rise of Valium
In the early 1960s, the sleep aid Diazepam, a member of the sedative family known as benzodiazepines was introduced worldwide under the brand name, Valium. This was the beginning of the western world’s dependency on a drug that was often referred to as “Mother’s Little Helpers” due to its popularity among stressed mothers and homemakers. Within 10 years, nearly 60 million people worldwide were taking Valium daily. The subsequent decades saw a sharp increase in sedative addiction and overdoses.
One survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated the number of deaths due to prescriptions for benzodiazepines quadrupled between the 1999 and 2010. Accidental overdoses on sedatives accounted for over 30% of all prescription medication overdoses in 2013 with over 23,000 Americans dying from the misuse of benzodiazepines.
The legalization of medical marijuana and hemp derived products in several US states introduced many sufferers of insomnia and anxiety to the primary components found in the cannabis and hemp plants: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabis users discovered what research had been saying for years: that the combination of the principal psychoactive component of cannabis (THC) and the principal non psychoactive compound (CBD) had a number of therapeutic benefits.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Sleep
Clinical trials have shown the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) on sleep. One of the principal reasons that CBD has been shown effective in regulating sleep patterns has to do with its ability to mitigate the production of cortisol in the CB1 receptors of the brain and central nervous system, reducing anxiety and helping the brain enter into Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep patterns.
Since hemp derived has been available in the USA, thousands of Americans are opting for natural sleep relief through a Plants Not Pills approach. Here at Plant Not Pills CBD, we offer a number of different options for sleep apnea or insomnia sufferers.
Our high potency Full Spectrum Oils with less than 0.2% THC and CBD concentrations ranging from 1200-4800 mg are ideal for evening time to relax and prepare the body for sleep. The low THC levels of the product ensure that users do not feel any of the psychoactive effects associated with THC, but gain full benefit of the Entourage Effect, the process by which THC activates the CBD and other essential cannabinoids for added therapeutic benefit.
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