Cannabidiol (CBD) is used to treat all sorts of ailments, ranging from Anxiety and Depression to Epilepsy and Parkinson’s, with some people also claiming that it can also help with Insomnia. However, in order to understand how CBD can improve sleep, we first need to look at the main causes of poor sleep. After doing this and factoring in expert opinion, we can determine whether CBD helps with Insomnia.
Insomnia is triggered by everything from mental health disorders — such as depression and stress — to an existing ailment, like chronic pain. The soothing effect of CBD can help counteract the cause of sleeplessness in these cases, by masking the root (e.g. calming the mind to endorse the production of melatonin, the chemical responsible for sending the brain into the state of slumber, known as sleep).
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The Mayo Clinic believes that CBD can be used to treat Insomnia stemming from the following causes:
- Chronic Pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
For everything else — such as the room being too hot, the road being too loud, or even excessive consumption of caffeine — CBD will not help. At least, there’s no evidence to support claims that it will do (and no scientific foundation for it, either). It makes sense, though: CBD is believed to help with various ailments that are often associated with Insomnia, so if these are eliminated, why wouldn’t they stop preventing you from squeezing in a refreshing eight hours at the end of a long, hard day?