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If you’re like millions of other North Americans, you suffer from insomnia or another sleep disorder. Like many, you’ll also wonder if there’s some way you can get a better night’s sleep. You’ve thought about sleeping pills and other treatments. Now you’re thinking about medical marijuana in its various forms, including cannabis oil.

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Can CBD oil help you sleep?

The answer to this question appears to be yes. As more medical researchers and patients ask this question, more information is becoming available. So far, the research indicates medical marijuana, including oils, could assist in the treatment of sleep disorders.


Choosing CBD Oil for Sleep Disorders

You may be considering CBD oils for the treatment of your sleep disorder. You may have done some research and wondered about their effectiveness, or your doctor may have recommended them for you to try.

Of course, you’re still asking the key question. Can CBD oils help you sleep?

The research suggests improvement of sleep is one of the health benefits cannabidiol (CBD) can offer to patients. While the research isn’t yet conclusive, there are several reasons medical treatments with a high concentration of CBD could help people with various sleep disorders.


CBD vs. THC

THC is probably the more common cannabinoid, and it’s associated with most of the “classic” effects of cannabis. This includes drowsiness, sleepiness, and even hunger. THC is also psychoactive, which makes it responsible for the “high” feeling associated with cannabis.

CBD oils tend to have much lower concentrations of THC, which reduces the “high” and other psychoactive effects. Nonetheless, some oils will still have some THC content in them. Studies dating back to the 1970s suggest THC can help insomniacs fall asleep faster.

What about CBD? One way it could assist is by acting on pain. CBD is known as an anti-inflammatory, so it can help soothe the body and assist it in recovery. If you suffer from chronic pain, cannabis oil could help you. If pain keeps you up at night, CBD might be the right choice.

Research on CBD also suggests it could help with the management of anxiety and other mental health conditions in some cases. If you have difficulty falling asleep because of a racing mind or tension and fear, oils could help you relax enough to drift off to sleep.


What Are the Risks?

CBD oil actually has relatively few risks compared to many other treatments for sleep disorders. For example, unlike sleeping pills, it’s not addictive and the risk of overdose is virtually non-existent. Cannabis oil is thus a much better alternative for people who are trying to treat a chronic issue.

CBD’s additional effects suggest it can get at the underlying cause of insomnia or other sleep disorders in some cases. As mentioned above, if it’s anxiety or pain keeping you awake at night, a CBD-rich oil may be able to help.

Oil also avoids hazardous methods of administration, such as smoking or vaping. Its low dose of THC can also help patients avoid unwanted effects associated with this cannabinoid.


Is It Right for You?

While CBD oils are often recommended as a treatment for various sleep disorders, the bigger question is whether or not it’s the right treatment option for you. A CBD-rich oil will be able to help some people get to sleep. For others, it may not work the same way, or it may not be suitable due to the underlying cause of the disorder.

There are many different formulations, however, so the right one could be out there. Talk to your doctor and schedule a consultation with the experts at a medical marijuana clinic. They’ll be able to help you determine if CBD oil is right for you.


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Dr. Michael Verbora

Michael earned an MBA from the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business in 2009 and an M.D. from Schulich School of Medicine at Western University in 2013, before entering a Family Practice residency at the University of Toronto. A member of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids, Doctors for Responsible Access and the Canadian Pain Society, he has completed over 2,000 cannabinoid therapy consultations and has presented many talks in community and hospital settings while serving as student health physician at Seneca College and Medical Director, Canabo Medical Clinic.

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