Help! I need to sleep!
We've all been there before. You're tossing and turning. Your mind is running through a 100 different scenarios. Did you remember to send that email? Do you have enough money to cover next month's bills? Your mind is constantly whirring and sending your brain stress signals. No position or amount of pillows is going to help you fall asleep.
Many people turn to over the counter medications to help them sleep and when that stops working, prescription drugs. Of course Dr. Chin is an advocate for prescription medication- he is a Family Physician and some scenarios call for prescription drugs. There is definitely a place for prescription and over the counter medications in this world, when used responsibly. The problem arises when a person becomes dependent and abuses the medication, which we are seeing with the recent opioid crisis. There is also the problem of drug to drug interactions, which is when one drug decreases the efficacy of another drug, worsens symptoms, or causes unexpected side effects.
With the addiction and side effects of drugs, it is no wonder that we are searching for an alternative, natural remedy. CBD may seem like the answer to all your problems, but as with any medication or supplement, check with your doctor before beginning a new treatment.
Let's take a look first at the causes of sleep disorders. Most of the root causes of sleep disorders are chronic pain, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, medical issues. If you're experiencing any of these, a good night's sleep is hard to come by. You're mind is racing, you're concentrating on your pain, or you're having trouble breathing. This is where CBD can help.
CBD works with our body's endocannabinoid system to indirectly affect our CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are prevalent in the brain, central nervous system, intestines, connective tissues, gonads, and other glands. CB2 receptors are found in the immune system, the gut, spleen, liver, heart, kidneys, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells, endocrine glands and reproductive organs.
When CBD acts on our receptors, it brings our body into a state of homeostasis. That is, CBD calms our anxiety, it reduces inflammation causing pain, and regulates our sleep stability. Without these distractions, our bodies are able to relax and fall asleep. And if you've ever suffered from even one sleepless night, you understand the importance of a good night's rest.
As always, make sure to consult your doctor before taking any CBD so they can make sure it's right for you and recommend a good starting dose.