In the study, patients with sleep-dominant issues were given their CBD in the evening, while those with anxiety-dominant issues took their CBD in the morning.
After the first month follow-up, 79 percent of subjects saw a decrease in their anxiety scores, while 66 percent exoerienced an improvement in their sleep scores.
Based on the results, it’s been suggested that CBD helped improve the sleep quality in many of the participants.
In another study published in the Medicines, data was collected from 409 people who used cannabis flower to treat their insomnia over the course of 2 years. Throughout the study, participants rated their symptoms on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most severe.
At the beginning of the study, symptoms were rated 6.6 on average. After their cannabis usage, participants rated symptoms to be 2.2 on average, indicating a decrease of 4.5.
Beyond the realm of sleep studies, CBD has also shown positive results through more examples of research.
First off, it must be said that more research is needed before we can say for certain that CBD helps with sleep by managing functions like stress and mood, pain, and neuroprotective health.
That being said, the research below is simply for customers who are interested in a starting point on the research on CBD:
Research on CBD for Stress & Mood
While anxiety in and of itself is not a sleep disorder, it’s enough to give anyone a poor night’s sleep; in fact, it may even contribute to the onset of sleep disorders.
CBD’s calming properties might be one of the biggest reasons why it’s surged in popularity over the past few years, and continues to remain a crowd favorite.
In one 2017 placebo study from the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, 57 men underwent a public speaking test after they were given either a placebo or CBD–either in a dose of 150, 300, or 600 milligrams.
Interestingly, it was found that members of the placebo group who received 300mg experienced the least anxiety during their tests, even compared to the higher dose.
Additionally, one small 2018 study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, researchers administered CBD to 11 subjects who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while under routine psychiatric care. Over a period of eight weeks, 10 of the 11 subjects noticed a lowering in their PTSD symptoms. And according to the researchers, the CBD was well tolerated among each individual.
Moreover, in a series of human trials spanning from 2012 to 2016, it’s been observed by researchers that CBD may work particularly well for PTSD symptoms when working in tandem with THC.
And in at least on animal study, it was found that CBD’s effects on mice resembled the behavior of the antidepressant drug, imipranine, although human trials will be needed in order to confirm these effects.
Research on CBD for Pain Management
In the year 2005, Canada approved the use of a mouth spray made with equal parts CBD and THC.
This drug, known as Sativex, is primarily used for the treatment of pain related to multiple sclerosis. Moreover, Sativex was also approved two years later for the purpose of cancer-related symptoms, particularly when other medications are unable of managing them.
In continuous studies in the United States, CBD has been indicated to help treat chronic pain, whether it’s related to post-injury flare-ups, or inflammatory conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis.
In one 2020 placebo study, for instance, patients with chronic pain related to bran nerve and spinal cord damage were given a topical application of either CBD or a placebo.
Compared to the placebo, patients who were given the CBD noticed a significant decrease in sharp intense pains and cold, itchy sensations. Further, no adverse effects were reported.
As for chronic pain related to arthritis, one UK study from 2006 found that Sativex, the same drug used for MS and cancer pain in Canada, showed that CBD helped ease pain during rest hours in over 58 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. And through this reddduction in symptoms, the CBD overall improved the sleep statistics of patients compared to a placebo.
Arthritis is a highly prevalent condition in the United States, and it involves the deterioration of the tissues meant to cushion the joints. Arthritis comes in many different forms, with symptoms varying from pain and stiffness, to a hindrance or loss of motion.
Research on the Neuroprotective Benefits of CBD
In preclinical and clinical studies, CBD was demonstrated to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. From this evidence, it’s been reasoned that CBD possesses neuroprotective properties, as well.
Research on CBD for Insomnia
Individuals who experience insomnia suffer from a heightened difficulty with sleep–both falling asleep and staying asleep. This sleep disorder affects not only sleep, but through it, your entire daily life, affecting concentration, focus and mood.
With the potential properties CBD may have for anxiety, it’s been suggested that CBD may also help reduce the anxiety that tends to come hand-in-hand with insomnia. On top of that, there’s a new pilot study of CBD and THC and its use in humans in the process, and the results of the study will offer more insight into the effects CBD has on insomnia.
Research on CBD for REM Sleep Behavior Disorder and CBD
Patients with REM sleep behavior disorder are known to verbalize and make aggressive movements during their rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep.
In one small study of four patients with Parkinson’s disease, CBD appeared to help manage the REM sleep behavior disorder symptoms. Before taking CBD, the patients experienced disorder symptoms 2–7 times per week. After taking CBD, the symptoms occurred 0–1 times in a week. Further studies are necessary, but these initial results suggest CBD as a possible treatment for REM sleep behavior disorder.