Sleeplessness is and has been big problem for a great many people over the years.
As some of you may know, our bodies simply do not function very well without sleep. Problems like sleep eating, gambling, alcoholism and countless other ‘side effects’ are attributed to this problem. I personally suffer from sleep disorders and other things which make it nearly impossible to fall asleep and even harder to remain asleep for more than twenty minutes at a time.
A decent amount of consistent sleep is vital for moods, energy levels, and all around good health. Without a healthy cycle of sleep/wake, you run the risk of sluggishness, grumpiness, and most of all, let’s not forget the many types of health problems.Whether the effects are physical, psychological, or both, poor sleep takes its toll on your life and your body in serious and often permanent ways.
The lives of all adults are now more demanding than ever before. There’s the traditional work and family life stressors, but then too, the advent of modern technology maintains those demands even in our personal time. Mobile phones are so much a part of our personal lives and those of our family and friends, that often our emails, messages, and social media accounts constantly in our pockets add further pressure and expectation to already demanding lives. Then too is the need to maintain personal relationships, buy the right foods, and any other daily need or issue that could potentially arise, and you have a mountain of expectation to fulfill at any given moment. It’s no wonder we as a whole struggle to sleep.
Breaking It Down
Each of us employs tools, mechanisms, or coping techniques to assist in getting the right sleep for our increasingly demanding and busy schedules. Some folks swear by soundtracks of nature, or the sound of a whirring fan to create white noise. Others use the monotony of television or streaming video to lull them into the land of nod. Personally, I have used them all.
Of course, there are those who use natural or chemical sleep aides to help them get to sleep. Sleep aides can include several drowse-inducing medicines, including alcohol and or other depressants. Regardless of personal preference for sleep aids, researchers and scientists have long been hard at work to determine what helps us get the best sleep possible. I have used both alone and mixed them in order to get sleep.
Sleep studies are far from being a new science. They have been around awhile, just like the studies which deal with the varying effects of cannabis on the human body. Previously, however, cannabis studies focused on the psychoactive component of the plant, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is what “makes you high,” and its existence in the cannabis plant is largely the reason it’s against the law in most countries the world over.
Despite its legal standing, a number of studies conducted over the last thirty to forty years have had positive results on the potential benefits of THC and sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea. Researchers note the reason for this is how closely the components within cannabis mirror our endocannabinoid system. Medusa cares about the issues which affect your life. We are all human and we all want to have the best lives we possibly can, so our staff works hard to bring you the latest information, products and equipment.
The endocannabinoid system is the series of chemicals that naturally occur in the human body to regulate numerous functions, including sleep. The two receptor types found within our bodies are named the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are most prevalent within our brains and spinal cords, and correlate to our appetite, memory, emotional reasoning, and registering pain. CB2 receptors are found predominantly in our peripheral nervous system, and reduce inflammation when activated.
The relation of CB2 receptors with another active component of cannabis and cannabidiol, or CBD has become the popular choice for medical study of late, due in part to its anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic effects on the body.
CBD does not connect to CB1 receptors, which is why it does not possess psychoactive properties like its sister component, THC. CB2 receptors, however, are those associated with inflammation and pain. Cannabidiol works as an anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and pain reducer, attaching to the CB2 receptors.
Perry G. Fine and Mark J. Rosenfeld noted in their study “The Endocannabinoid System, Cannabinoids, and Pain,” that “exogenous cannabinoids potentially offer some degree of analgesia in various pain states.” Exogenous cannabinoids are those found outside the body and introduced via inhalation or ingestion, such as CBD oils and edibles. Medusa Juice is now carrying various CBD products in order to help make your life easier. We offer oils, lotions, and edible tablets and sweets to deliver you the dosage you need in the way you prefer it.
Although our bodies do naturally produce cannabinoids, for those with considerable or advanced issues, exogenous cannabinoid intake could help minimize or offset problems and effects caused by pain or disorder.
While the science behind CBD’s effectiveness for more serious conditions requires closer study and further testing, researchers have made considerable headway in determining the power of CBD as a sleep aid. Recently, a number of studies have honed in on the effects of cannabidiol, but some initial research on the subject dates as far back as the 1970s. Yep, all those years ago people were aware of the significant advantage that cannabidiol can have with regard to helping people with pain sleep.
In 2017, authors Kimberly A. Babson, James Sottile, and Danielle Morabito detail some of the collected research literature on cannabinoids and sleep with a positive and hopeful conclusion. Among their literature review details, the authors clarify that recent findings indicate “cannabidiol (CBD) may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia,” and further that “CBD may hold promise for REM sleep behavior disorder and excessive daytime sleepiness, while nabilone (a synthesized CBD pharmaceutical) may reduce nightmares associated with PTSD and may improve sleep among patients with chronic pain.”
Public interest in CBD and sleep has significantly advanced recently. Conversations about its potential have even gained traction in other mainstream, pop media sources.. Authors detail similar studies over the last decade, and discuss the use of CBD to treat sleep apnea, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and chronic fatigue. Pop culture blogs, have articles and recipes using CBD oil as a sleep and anxiety aid. Even celebrities have spoken out about the power of CBD on their own personal anxieties, pain, and sleep issues. There are still many legal hurdles to overcome in regard to its sale and production. Legislation must be considered and enacted effectively in this as in all things.