Second Opinion Magazine
CBD & Sleep Issues
We are currently living through some of the most anxiety-provoking times in recent history. The lasting day to day impacts of COVID-19 may easily turn even the most centered among us into worrying wrecks, manifesting in increased symptoms of anxiety - such as sleeplessness. While there’s no magic method that makes these symptoms go away, many people are beginning to turn to CBD as a holistic helper in their wellness routine, particularly when it comes to helping with overall sleep health.
Chris Buske, owner of Wonders of Nature, is passionate about helping the community discover all the benefits of hemp and CBD products. When describing how CBD rich hemp extracts can help customers with their sleep health, as a large portion of his clients struggle with sleep issues, Buske often uses analogies that connect with the everyday pressures of today’s world. He says “when our central nervous system is overstimulated with [elements like] stress, the news, and the constant lights and sounds of today’s world, it’s similar to when we have dozens of windows open on our computer browser and multiple programs running, and when we try to shut down the computer when this is all happening, it takes forever.” Our brain and nervous system are similar to this process, where it can be difficult to shut all of these stressors and stimuli down when we try to go to sleep.
Incorporating CBD products into our daily wellness routine regulates our fight or flight tendencies which are activated by these stressors, keeping the amount of “tabs open” limited and easier to control when bedtime rolls around. The calming effects of using CBD throughout the day may help us to relax on our own terms when it’s time to turn the lights off.
Additionally, the endocannabinoid system plays a role in maintaining certain body functions, such as sleep and regulating circadian rhythms. Specifically, CBD may interact with specific receptors in the brain and central nervous system that potentially impact the sleep/wake cycle.
Furthermore, Buske emphasizes that not everyone responds to cannabinoids the same including CBD. There’s no specific dosage chart that works for everyone and researchers believe most (if not all) cannabinoids have a biphasic effect. Meaning a low dose delivers certain benefits, and a higher dose can reverse those benefits. For example, Buske states that some people will experience more alertness with lower doses of CBD throughout the day but have drowsiness when using higher doses. Buske recommends that users of his product ‘titrate’ their dose by starting with a small amount and slowly increasing until they get maximum benefits for the desired effect. He also always recommends talking to your primary health care provider if you have any concerns with using an alternative medicine like CBD.
So if a good night’s sleep has been hard to come by this year and you are looking for solutions, be sure to visit Buske’s shop Wonders of Nature, a premium hemp and CBD store dedicated to supporting small family farms, to learn more about what CBD can do for you! Located at 416 S. Barstow St. Eau Claire, WI. Or visit www.wondersofnatureonline.com.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.