Daily Express published 04:00 Sun, June 7, 2020.
HOW TO get to sleep: Sleep loss is a perennial problem for many people but there are proven ways to address it. One promising remedy has also been touted as a panacea for a wide range of health ailments.
By ADAM CHAPMAN
One solution that has been met with an explosion of interest in recent years is to take cannabidiol (CBD) oil.
CBD oil is produced from the Cannabis sativa, the hemp plant which marijuana is also extracted from.
It is important to understand that CBD oil does not contain the psychoactive compounds that are found in marijuana, but it contains a lot of the health benefits.
One of the primary benefits of taking CBD oil is to alleviate anxiety, and it is this benefit that is thought to underpin its sleep-inducing effects.
CBD reduces plasma cortisol – one of the stress hormones – and also has a sedative action, she said.
In one 2019 study in the journal Permanente, 72 psychiatric patients with anxiety and sleep problems, took 25mg CBD oil.
After a one month period, 79 percent of patients had reduced anxiety, and 67 percent had improved sleep scores.
What makes CBD oil a potential game-changer is its ability to alleviate anxiety and sleep loss without the side effects common in prescribed drugs that disrupt the sleep-cycle, said Dr Lee.