Anyone tried cbd oil for sleep?
Even though my apnea’s and hour is rarely above 5 lately I still often wake up every 2 hours. I am wondering about trying cbd oil to see if that helps. Have any of you ever tried it?
I have chronic pain, there is CBD oil with THC and CBD oil without THC, I used the without THC version. At first I thought it helped me sleep, but I ran out and I have not purchased any since the lockdown. I am still sleeping fine, I don’t think it works. I can recommend Melatonin which I think works great.
Melatonin is a great recommendation!
I ordered some cbd gummies with melatonin, no thc though. If nothing else maybe it will help with the anxiousness I sometimes get when I first put the mask on until I get comfortable with it.
I hope it helps, good luck.
A month ago I did a ton of research into this. I am now a 100% fan of CDB oil.
I had horrible knee pains out of no where, have had back pains for decades. Advil usually does my back 100%, but nothing over the counter was helping with my knee pain, even sitting still I was in pain. Got some 25 MG CBD capsules locally. Not sure on the sleep directly, but I think it worked miracles on me knees. 100% pain free on my left and 70% gone in my right, and my back rarely hurts. Another interesting thing is I have had a severe cough for years, not my lungs but an irritation in my esophagus from post nasal drip. I would say it eliminated 99% of my cough and while I use to always have cough drops on me, now I never need them. It primarily seems to help with inflammation and anxiety. Helping with the inflamation in my knee was why I took it, had not even thought about inflammation in my. It was about a week to a realize I had no more cough. I did a ton of research, lots people say it helps with their sleep others do not. I think eliminating my cough helped a lot with my sleep. I am not high stressed of very anxious, but lots of people say it helps with that a lot. So depending on why you cannot sleep it may or may not help, but well worth trying. Just talked about this with my Dr. this week, she said if its helping stay on it, advil is not good for long term use. So she would only say its a lot better the advil, no study to say its really effective, but no reports of it being harmful. So take it I will because it seems to be working for me. Since the cough was not even something I considered cannot attribute that to a placebo effect. Also was not thinking it would help with my back, but it did.
From my research, it is critical to know how its made, lots of products made from hemp that do not contain CBD, it comes from the leaves and flowed not the buds. Other natural remedies come from the buds. Many are sold as Hemp extract because of prior laws against CBD. Amazon will not let them list it as CBD, so they do sell it but label it as hemp extract. You would have to contact the mfg to know if it has CBD or just other extracts from hemp. Made it to hard to know what I was getting so I went elsewhere. I am using CBDistillery now seemed to be be reputable pharmacy grade practices using US hemp, so I know what I am getting. Look for coupon codes and get a big discount. You can get full spectrum that will contain trace amounts of THC, not enough to effect you at all because Hemp does not contain enough THC to do anything. Makes you wonder why Hemp was a schedule 1 drug when it has absolutely no effects on getting you high. Most used plant in the world, clothes, ropes etc etc but not in the US because it looked like pot. But the trace amounts of THC can cause you to possibly fail a drug test, so be warned. Full spectrum has THC, but not enough to effect you, you can get it with absolutely no TCH. Full Spectrum has other elements from the plant that could help you sleep as well.
Been using it for 5 weeks, cut down my advil intake to almost none, got rid of my cough, which I think lead to better sleep, could have also helped in other ways but who knows. I do think I sleep better. Do your research, make sure you are getting it from a reputable place.
If you are new to the CPAP, then you will find a way to get used to sleeping with it. I can tell you some tips.
comfort comfort comfort. bedding, temp, sleep on your side will keep AHI down, small dog toy tennis ball in t-shirt pocket on back routine routine routine. same time to bed and rise as much as you can diet diet diet.. eat light snack before bed sleep aid, yes melatonin congestion? Sudafed, at least 4 to 5 hours before bed. darken room flex setting on low pressure setting for minimum what ever you can stand but be comfortable, and .5 cm H20 every three or four days. Gradually ramp up. It took me 3 months form 4 to 8.5. My AHI is below 5 for 4 days in a row. Have to get second sleep study. I have CA issues. This study coming up is a split titration CPAP/bilevel possible Hypoxima.
BigFootBitMe, I think as you note that the right CDB oil could certainly help you get to sleep and relax you. However, CBD oil will not remedy sleep apnea. Hopefully, if you are diagnosed with SA, you have a treatment in place to address that.
i tried CBD oil for a few months last year and didn’t think it helped with sleep. now, i have got my MM license and i use high THC, low CBD sublingual oil and i have seen my sleep improve much in the last two weeks. it is truly a god send! i will admit i was disappointed in the lack of a “high” at first and considered vaping but after two weeks of getting sleep and feeling rested, i am not changing a thing! 10 mg THC an hour before bed, combined with 25 mg Diphenhydramine to clear my sinuses, nasal strips to keep passages open, keeping my mouth closed and sleeping on my side is the ticket. jim
Interesting. What are the laws are in MN, for medical cannabis do you need a prescription? I am eligible for medical cannabis because of my chronic pain, I heard Medical marijuana is VERY expensive. I don’t like the feeling cannabis gives me, and because of the expense I never moved forward on trying it. There are rumors . just rumors, there are cheaper alternatives to licensed medical cannabis dispensaries but I have not looked into that either.
I Took CBD Oil Every Day for My Anxiety—Here’s What Went Down
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When I first learned about CBD oil, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical. My mind immediately turned to weed and the unnerving experiences I’d had with heightened anxiety in college. For me, a person who’s already predisposed to overthinking, marijuana, no matter what the form, would typically put my mind into overdrive and result in a common yet dreaded side effect: Paranoia. But, let’s back up a bit. What even is CBD?
What is CBD?
A bit of online digging led me to realize that the active ingredient in Charlotte’s Web Everyday Plus Hemp Oil, the product I’d been offered to test, was the chemical compound CBD, which stands for cannabidiol. Unlike THC, the other crucial compound in hemp and marijuana plants, CBD (when derived from the hemp plant) does not produce the psychoactive effects that make you feel “high”; instead, emerging science has hinted that CBD may actually ease anxiety, and therefore, makes you less likely to freak out.
For example, one study comparing the effects of THC and CBD found that, while THC increased anxiety by activating the neurotransmitters involved in the “fight or flight” response, CBD actually repressed autonomic arousal—or the nervous system response associated with sudden increases in heart rate or respiration. In other words, CBD may be ideal for people looking to relax and unwind.
While the science behind CBD’s effectiveness for treating anxiety, pain, and insomnia is still in its infancy, Charlotte Figi’s inspiring story sounds promising. Figi, a 6-year-old girl diagnosed with a rare and resistant form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome, was placed on hospice care and given a “do not resuscitate” order when her parents, desperate and frustrated with pharmaceutical medication, considered medical marijuana; specifically, a strain low in THC and high in CBD. Charlotte is now nearly seizure-free since she began supplementing with Charlotte Web’s CBD oil, which the brand named after Figi.
Legal and Safety Things To Know About CBD
The current CBD industry is like the internet’s early years. the Wild West. Legally, speaking, a Harvard Medical School blog post reads, “All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction, and while the federal government still considers CBD in the same class as marijuana, it doesn’t habitually enforce against it.” With heightened interest around CBD, it’s important to note that because CBD is currently unregulated, it’s difficult to know what you’re getting (whether that’s a tincture—commonly referred to as CBD oil, which is often combined with a carrier oil like coconut oil—topical products like creams and balms, sprays, or capsules), despite product labels and brand promises, the blog post further reads. It’s also important to note that people experience CBD differently. For the most part, the National Institute of Medicine says that while most people can tolerate CBD, side effects do exist. They might include dry mouth, drowsiness, and reduced appetite, among others.
That said, those interested in exploring the potential benefits of CBD should consult with their doctor (especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or currently taking medication) and be mindful of your dosage, writes Consumer Reports. And before you buy, Megan Villa, co-founder of the hemp-focused website and shop Svn Space, told Shape magazine to seek out a certificate of analysis. “Ask for a COA for the batch number of the product you have, since these products are made in batches,” she said. “You need to match the batch number to the COA that pertains to it.” Then, scan the report for potency (i.e. does the number of milligrams of CBD that the product label touts match the lab report?), contaminants and pesticides, and mold (which should live under the “Microbiological Testing” part of the report). Go a step further and note whether the testing lab is GMP (Good Manufacturing Principles) certified, and whether the lab is registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Shape magazine also suggests purchasing CBD products made from domestically-grown hemp, and reading up on the difference between full- and broad-spectrum and CBD isolate.
With that, I threw caution to the wind and asked for a sample. Here’s what happened—including what it feels like—when I took one full dropper of Charlotte’s Web’s Everyday Plus Hemp Oil in the mint chocolate flavor every morning for seven days.
My First Impression
It was actually a bad bout of jet lag after a trip to California that inspired me to finally test out the CBD oil (I’ll admit that my weed-based reservations kept me from trying it for the first few months). Knowing that the oil had also helped people with sleep issues, I squeezed one full dropper of the Everyday Plus oil onto my tongue, per the instructions, and waited.
Thirty minutes later, I was surprised by how subtle the effect was. While I expected a hazy nodding-off effect similar to melatonin’s, the oil simply relaxed my body ever so slightly—my heart stopped pounding against my chest, my legs stopped kicking beneath my sheets, my mind stopped racing. I wasn’t sure if it was the oil or the late hour, but eventually, physical relaxation gave way to mental relaxation, and I drifted off to sleep.
Reflecting the next morning, I was most surprised by the fact that I never felt “high” in any way—there was never a moment of It’s kicking in; I can feel it now like with pain medications or even anti-anxiety drugs. Considering it takes time, consistency, and the right dosage to experience the full effect, I continued taking the oil once a day for the next six days. Here’s what went down.
It Made Me Less Anxious and Edgy
Rather than overthinking a sternly worded email or analyzing a social interaction, I found it easier to recognize the irrationality of these thoughts and actually let them go.
While normally I’d be slightly tripped up by little things like an overly crowded subway car or a full inbox at work, the CBD oil seems to have taken the edge off of my anxiety a bit. Rather than overthinking a sternly worded email or analyzing a social interaction, I found it easier to recognize the irrationality of these thoughts and actually let them go. In some ways, I feel more like myself. With that said, I’ve still experienced some social anxiety when meeting new groups of people—I’d be interested to see what taking the full recommended dose would do.
I’m More Focused At Work
I work well under pressure, but being extremely busy at work has almost made me less productive—I’m constantly distracted by email, Slack, and the people around me, to the point where getting my work done becomes difficult. This week, however, I’ve found it easier to put my blinders on, block out all distractions (especially social distractions), and focus on one task at a time. I think this is partly related to the lessened anxiety—I feel more frazzled and off task when my anxiety is running high. It almost feels like a newfound sense of clarity and calm that enables me to focus.
I’m Falling Asleep Faster
I assume this is also a side effect of feeling less anxious, but I seem to fall asleep faster; within the 20-30-minute range rather than my normal 45 minutes to one hour (or longer). Not only do I seem to be skipping or at least shortening the whole tossing-and-turning phase of my sleep cycle, but I’m able to snap out of the overthinking that often keeps me up at night. Of course, there’s no telling whether a big life event would disrupt this newfound bliss, but I’d like to think it’s helped on a day-to-day basis.
My Experience With CBD
Would I say that CBD oil has fundamentally changed my life? No. But per the Charlotte’s Web website, this is the typical first experience. “Anyone who has ever started a new vitamin or supplement routine knows the short answer to how long it takes to kick in is—’it depends.’ For many newcomers, they’re not sure what to imagine, or some anticipate a huge change right away. For most of us, though, dietary supplements take time.”
With that said, I’m definitely intrigued enough by the subtle effects to continue taking the oil and to possibly up the dosage to the recommended two full droppers of the 30mL bottle per day. Plus, I take comfort in knowing that it’s an all-natural product that’s responsibly grown on family farms in Colorado. Something that’s safe, legal, requires no prescription, and makes me less anxious, less scatterbrained, and more focused? I’m definitely on board.
Explore the World of CBD
Looking to learn more about CBD? These are some of my favorite products to help get you started.
For those new to CBD, Charlotte’s Web recommends this hemp oil. Containing 17mg of CBD per 1mL serving, this CBD oil is also U.S. Hemp Authority Certified. Choose from four different flavors including Lemon Twist, Mint Chocolate, Orange Blossom, and Olive Oil.
Go deep on the subject of CBD with this book that includes case studies, interviews with doctors, an overview of the latest cannabis research, and how scientists are exploring cannabis for various medical uses. There is also an explainer about the difference between CBD products made from industrial hemp versus in a lab, and products made from the whole marijuana plant.
Charlotte’s Web inaugural CBD oil product comes in two flavors; Olive Oil and Mint Chocolate. It’s also its most potent. According to its website, its Original Formula Hemp Extract Oil comes with 50mg CBD per mL.
Gretchen Lidicker puts a lifestyle spin on the world of CBD as the author draws on the “knowledge of leaders in the health and wellness world” to explain why CBD has become a top beauty and wellness trend for top athletes and celebrities. The book also includes recipes and recommendations for how to choose a top-quality CBD product.
This travel-friendly roll-on is packed with CBD and fragrant essential oils, including lavender, bergamot, and chamomile, for an easy de-stress quick fix. The result? “That elusive feeling of wakeful calm,” reads the Sagely Naturals website.
With this book, CBD is explained from A to Z and breaks down the good, bad, and ugly of a fledgling industry that is poised for rapid growth. CBD: 101 Things You Need to Know About CBD Oil covers what it is, why people take it, who it’s for (and who it isn’t for), its myriad forms, and more.
Lord Jones’ High CBD Formula Body Oil combines CBD with organic avocado, jojoba and safflower oils for smooth, hydrated skin. Each bottle has 100mg of CBD.
Charlotte’s Web’s Extra Strength Capsules feature 25 mg of CBD per capsule. The website offers capsules as a convenient and precise way to take CBD—on the go, stash them in your gym bag, pocket, etc.
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