CBD products for sleep
We already have various drugs and behavioral techniques to help us sleep and sleep well—but there’s a lot of interest in the possibilities of cannabidiol, or CBD, as another alternative.
CBD is one of the components of medical marijuana, but one that can’t make you high. About a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and not getting sufficient sleep can up the risk for type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and depression as well as accidents. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that healthy adults get between seven and nine hours a night. Learn exactly what CBD oil is, and how it works.
What’s the evidence?
The most robust evidence for CBD is in the areas of epilepsy, pain, and inflammatory conditions. The scientific jury is still out when it comes to sleep in general, and sleep conditions like sleep apnea in particular.
“There’s hardly any evidence in terms of the gold standard in the scientific community—the randomized controlled trial,” says Bonni Goldstein, MD, medical director and owner of Canna-Centers in Los Angeles, California, and author of Cannabis is Medicine: How Medical Cannabis and CBD are Healing Everything from Anxiety to Chronic Pain.
What the science says
One 2017 review paper outlines research that suggests CBD may help treat sleep apnea, REM sleep behavior disorder, excessive daytime sleepiness, nightmares from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and problems linked with chronic pain. But the authors also acknowledge the need for more research.
In a 2019 study, researchers evaluated CBD’s effect on anxiety and sleep in 72 adults and found that while CBD could benefit both, the only sustained effect was seen with anxiety. Of course, easing anxiety can also help improve sleep.
Published: January 20, 2021