CBD, the new Eldorado of sleep problems? In 2018, cannabidiol, shortened to CBD, landed on the French continent.
Quickly it conquered the territory, and especially insomniacs. Indeed, this molecule is, unlike delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), not a narcotic, and, therefore, does not contain psychotropic effects.
A consequent advantage, considering the anxiogenic context that the world has just crossed.
Despite important benefits described by consumers, no serious clinical study proves today this action that CBD would have on sleep.
The molecule has however soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, which participates in this effect on the quality of sleep by reducing :
- by relaxing the muscles
- relieving physical pain.
CBD facilitates sleep. Indeed, thanks to these properties, the nervous system is soothed, the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the chronobiological rhythms, is thus favored: the nights are calmed.
No side effects
In addition to these indirect effects, such as its potential against anxiety and physical pain, CBD does not involve any drug treatment.
It is indeed a natural molecule, no risk of addiction or side effects.
At the same time, CBD does not have a “sedative” effect, like a sleeping pill.
Being a cannabinoid, it interacts with your endocannabinoid system, which naturally secretes molecules similar to those found in cannabis plants.
Thus, CBD acts more as a night regulator and does not have the effects of uncomfortable awakenings, for example, like some drug treatments for insomnia.
However, it is not considered as a medicine for the moment, so we cannot say that it definitively cures sleep disorders.
It allows, at first, to reduce the symptoms of certain disorders.
If you have been suffering from insomnia for a long time, it is still preferable to consult a health professional, who will find a solution adapted to your profile.