Millions of people throughout the globe want to use CBD for sleep, but whether or not it actually helps is still a mystery for many. The good news is that there is anecdotal evidence that suggests that CBD is able to help to relax the body after a stressful situation such as a long day at work. Is it good for sleep? Let’s explain.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a cannabinoid that is present in the cannabis plant. Another famous and popular cannabinoid is THC, which is similar to CBD, but not the same. When you break the cannabinoids down into a molecular level you can see that there are a lot of tiny differences that make huge differences on the surface. Although THC and CBD are both cannabinoids, they are not the same and do not contain each other.
Cannabinoids that are present in the cannabis plant are thought to be there in order to preserve the life of the plant and to help it to continue to evolve for generations to come. The exact purpose for CBD within the hemp plant is unknown by scientists, but it does look like all of the cannabinoids play a role in the life of the plant in the same way that terpenes do.
Cannabinoids and the Human Body
So, now that you have a general understanding of what CBD is, you can take a step further into the way that it works with the human body.
Although there is still much to be learned when it comes to the way that CBD and the rest of the cannabinoids work with the brain, it is still fascinating to see the way that the science is pointing.
Within each and every person, and most of the other living things out there that have a spine, there is a system known as the endocannabinoid system. As it turns out, we humans create and distribute molecular chemicals inside of our own bodies that are very similar to cannabinoids. We create what is known as endocannabinoids. They are called endo because we manufacture them within ourselves and they are exclusive to us.
The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system that is present in our own bodies uses self-produced cannabinoids to communicate throughout the body through the system using endocannabinoid receptors that are located just under our skin and travel throughout the entire body and even in the brain.
This system is there in order to help facilitate a state of homeostasis through the body. What this means is that the system helps to keep the body balanced and in perfect order so that it does not get venture too far into one extreme or the other. It stays balanced. Body temp, heart rate, blood pressure, and many other factors are controlled by the endocannabinoid system.
This is exactly why scientists and doctors are boggled so deeply over the effects of CBD and the human body. Cannabinoids actually have the power to change the way that the body functions.
CBD and the Endocannabinoid Receptors
The EC receptors that are located throughout the body are part of the whole system. When THC comes into contact with the receptors, it bonds itself directly to the receptors and is able to influence the way the receptors send messages to the brain. Where THC directly attaches itself to the receptors, CBD gently communicates with them and influences them to either pass the message or not pass the message. For instance, if the body is under stress and the message is to tense up, if CBD directs the receptor to not send the message, the body will not tense up. Can you see the potential in this?
CBD and Sleep
Based on what we know about how the cannabinoids interact with the human brain it is very possible that CBD will very much help with sleep. However, there is not enough evidence to support this theory. Yes, people that use CBD claim that it does, in fact, help them to relax and sleep better yet it is not conclusive to exactly how this happens, and if it can be proven to happen at all.