CBD, Melatonin & Sleep Disorders: The Natural Substitutes.
Kirsten Thornhill |
SLEEP DISORDERS x THE STATS
It has been estimated that about 50-70 million of Americans today suffer from some form of sleep related disorder and roughly 11% of individuals who have reported sleep issues suffer from sleep disturbances almost daily. Investigators have explained that both adolescents and adults that suffer from chronic insomnia may develop depression and anxiety related conditions later in life. Studies have also explained that people who suffer from sleep disorders are likely to develop issues with substance abuse, alcohol dependency and decreases in work performance.
In recent years research has focused the attention towards holistic approaches to find ways in which people can control their poor sleeping habits without pharmaceutical intervention. Research has recently been highlighting the impacts of melatonin and cannabidiol (CBD) as a natural sleep remedy and the results have been showing much promise in both animal and human models.
Research from the early 1970’s identified that melatonin is produced by the pineal gland within the brain, which plays an important role in circadian variation and sleep regulation. Normal increases in melatonin concentrations occur at night to induce sleep and little to no concentrations during the day, while cortisol levels rise to induce arousal. However, growing evidence has shown that as we age, decreases in melatonin concentrations contribute to poor sleeping patterns, which can also be identified in adolescents who experience poor circadian variation due to factors such as stress and anxiety.
A clinical review investigated both the safety and efficacy of melatonin for sleep disorders. Although the report was not conclusive as to whether or not sleep related disorders can be treated with melatonin, the authors did explain that there is some evidence to suggest that melatonin is effective in treating delayed sleep latency with short-term use. The study also explained that there is evidence to suggest that melatonin is safe with short term use, less than 3 months and can be used in moderation to naturally regulate circadian rhythm (Buscemi et al., 2005). If you are unsure about administering melatonin please consult your physician for more information on whether or not it is right for you.
Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the main constituents of cannabis has been known to possess hypnotic effects and has been identified as a natural sleep remedy that can improve overall quality of sleep by naturally regulating circadian rhythm. This response occurs by interaction with cannabinoid receptors within the central nervous system, immune system and the periphery. However, further research is needed to identify the underlying mechanisms associated with the effects of CBD on sleep regulation.
A recent clinical review stated that individuals who ingested 160 mg/day showed that both sleep duration and quality were significantly improved without any adverse effects in relationship to the placebo and nitrazepam (5 mg). An additional study recently published found that CBD for sleep provided notable therapeutic applications on circadian rhythm and was consistent with clinical trials that state the therapeutic effects of CBD, but not THC to treat insomnia by triggering regions of the brain responsible for sleep regulation (Lafaye et al., 2018).
Although insomnia is just one of many sleep disorders, CBD for sleep has shown to have significant impacts on sleep duration and time, which has been recognized in animal and human models (Lafaye et al., 2018, Murillo-Rodríguez et al., 2006, Chagas et al., 2013). This ultimately allows the body’s natural ability to control sleep with the administration of CBD for sleep and can have significant impacts across a variety of sleep disorders. However, further research is still needed to prove these results and how CBD acts to control variations in naturally occurring cortisol and melatonin concentrations.
We identify that CBD and melatonin can have different individual subject responses in sleep patterns and sleep regulation. The literature has expressed the safety and the efficacy of both CBD and melatonin in individuals experiencing sleep deficiencies. We hope further research will be able to identify optimal dose responses of both products to maximize the therapeutic benefits of these natural remedies.
APPLICATIONS x CBD
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Cannabinoid options of application:
Transdermal (Skin)-Topical Salve: This application is typically used for acute and direct application. Such as an ankle sprain, arthritis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia and migraines. Full-spectrum salves provide a whole panel of cannabinoids for increased potency.
CBD Drops and Tincture oils are utilized in full-spectrum form (whole plant derived) and Isolated forms (Pure CBD) that are applied directly under the tongue or mixed in water. This form is typically used for direct application to the central nervous system and the entire body for ailments like anxiety, stress, epilepsy, insomnia, sleep disorders, depression, PTSD, autoimmune responses, ADHD, cancer, systemic inflammatory disease such as, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. All applications are available as CBD isolate, broad spectrum and full spectrum.
CBD Softgel Pills: Full-spectrum soft gels essentially have the same application as tincture oils. The difference is that each soft gel is measured to a specific milligram to provide a consumer with a perfectly measured dose of CBD. This would be used for any ailments one might use CBD for, including all the ones listed above.
CBD Powders: Super food green powder has a broad range of greens, phytonutrients, vitamins and of course CBD. This application is great to give some a nice, clean energy boost before a workout or just to get your day started naturally with improved focus.
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Athlete Relations x Physiologist
Kai Pattison was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Kai graduated with a Master’s degree in clinical physiology from Point Loma Nazarene University. He is very passionate about human physiology and the applications in sport performance, recovery and clinical diagnostics. Kai has specialized in cardiopulmonary diagnostics, exercise induced energy expenditure and metabolism. Kai has also gained extensive research experience at UCSD on Parkinson’s disease. He enjoys educating and informing people on the importance of exercise to reduce risk of multiple inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. His passion for alternative medicine enables him to strive when promoting health and wellness.
* DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is for educational purposes only. It does not exploit or provide medical advice of any kind. Therefore, any reliance you place on the information below is strictly at your own risk. Please check with your medical provider before starting or changing a CBD routine.