Cannabis oil products, or CBD, have been around in the UK for a few years now. They have proven so popular here that, as a result, the UK has become the world’s largest consumer of CBD products outside of America. Eresos Marketing Director Jonathan Milbank explained: “Studies have shown that CBD can be an effective natural remedy for insomnia by having a calming effect on the nervous system.” But how much should you take and when? Is there a “better way” and are there other uses for CBD beyond sleep?
The first thing to say is that you do not need to take a certain amount of CBD before going to bed.
Factors such as your weight, age, lifestyle, and other health conditions will affect the amount of CBD you should consume, as well as how you ingest CBD oil.
The reason for this, according to Jonathan, is that “each dose delivery method has its own efficacy and efficiencies associated with the bioavailability of CBD.”
The dose you need to take can range from 25 mg to 1,500 mg of strength depending on the factors listed above. However, more studies are being done to find out if there is a sweet spot.
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As for when you should take your CBD oil, thankfully there is much more agreement and certainty.
Jonathan said, “CBD should be taken at least an hour before bedtime so that it has time to take effect before falling asleep.”
As a general rule, Jonathan recommended “letting an hour before bed allow time to look for the effectiveness of when CBD has started.”
As with the amount of CBD you consume, the optimal time to take it at bedtime may depend on your existing lifestyle, height, weight, and health conditions.
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The most effective way to take CBD before bed is to inhale it, but not with a vaporizer, but with an inhaler. Inhaling, Jonathan said CBD “will enter the bloodstream faster than most other delivery methods.”
Other options include using sleep mist; the benefits of this are that you will not only inhale it, but absorb it through your skin throughout the night.
When CBD has been tested on large groups of people, it has been found to help users sleep; one study found that more than 60 percent of users found that their sleep had improved during the first month of taking CBD.
But there are other uses for CBD, in addition to improving how quickly we fall or how well we sleep.
Studies have found that CBD oil can help relieve the symptoms of other conditions such as anxiety, stress, pain, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.
In those with epilepsy it has been found that taking CBD not only reduces their anxiety in the short but also long term when taken in doses ranging from 300 mg to 600 mg.
In those with Parkinson’s disease, CBD, in combination with other drugs for Parkinson’s disease, has been shown to reduce psychotic symptoms with no adverse effects on the patient’s cognitive signs and no side effects.
CBD has also been found to reduce nerve and back pain by reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
Scientists have also experimented with the combination of CBD and THC (a psychoactive compound in cannabis) in the treatment of arthritis and MS.
Although it is a small-scale research and trial, the evidence so far suggests that CBD could be a new frontier in the treatment of both daily and chronic conditions.
Before that, more research and studies need to be done, not only to establish the potential of CBD, but also its overall effectiveness.
For now, however, join the pantheon of products, methods and procedures that you have at your disposal to sleep better.