A recent study tested the effects of CBD on animal models in both lights-on and lights-off environments and found that this non-psychoactive cannabis compound increased alertness with the lights on and had no discernable effects on lights-off sleep. The study’s authors concluded that CBD might actually hold therapeutic promise for those with somnolence, or excessive daytime sleepiness from a not-so-good night’s rest.
CBD in itself is a phytocannabinoid compound that directly interacts with the brain’s cannabinoid receptors and influences the brain to alter its directives.When the presence of CBD is detected by the receptors, two immediate actions takes place, firstly the adenosine receptors are activated which gives you a jolt of energy, waking you up from your drowsiness. But when the time comes for you to fall asleep, it also helps your mind to very subtly relax by sending the right anxiety-inhibiting neurological signals thanks to CBD being an anxiolytic which altogether wraps up to give you the sleep which you have day-dreaming for.
As of recent years a very thorough experiment was done which had a huge scope of around a 1000 patients, each whom had some sort of sleeping disorder in conjunction with other diseases such as multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathic pain as well as rheumatoid arthritis. What the scientists did was inject these patients with standardized oromucosal cannabis based solution containing primarily THC, CBD or a 1: 1 combination of two Sativex Strains. The results were, as expected very promising as almost 40-50% of the test subjects had shown significant improvements in their sleeping pattern and wake up cycle, all of which indicated that if utilized properly, then CBD can indeed become the savior for Insomniac Patients.
In a 1981 Brazilian study, researchers at the Escola Paulista de Medicina in São Paulo assigned 15 insomniacs to a CBD dose (ranging between 40 mg and 160 mg), placebo, or nitrazepam, a hypnotic drug indicated for relief from anxiety and insomnia. With the highest CBD dose, sleep significantly increased, although dream recall was reduced, compared to placebo.16 The reduction of dream recall is presumably due to a reduction of REM sleep, wherein dreams are most active.