Yes, Cannabis does help with Insomnia. It does so through its interaction with the Human Endocannabinoid System.
Human Endocannabinoid System
Humans and animals have a signal transmission system known as the Endocannabinoid system.
Endogenous Cannabinoids are produced in the human body. There are two major ones discovered to date, namely Anandimde and 2AG. These compounds react with receptors (CB1 and CB2) found throughout the brain and body. (CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system. CB2 receptors are mainly found in your peripheral nervous system).
Through various triggers (different times of the day or activity), these compounds either Agonise (‘turn on’) or Antagonise (‘turn off’) these receptors. The receptors, in turn, send multitudes of instructions and create various effects throughout the body. A vast amount of research is currently ongoing in this field, spurred by the increasing legality and availability of Cannabis material.
The Cannabis plant produces PhytoCannabinoids. These have the incredible ability to interact with the human endocannabinoid system and either enhance or minimize the effects of the Endocannabinoid system. The considerable challenge is to match the most appropriate PhytoCannabinoids to the desired outcome in the human mind or body.
Increasingly large quantities of statistical, anecdotal, and scientific data are becoming available, showing us which Cannabinoids and Terpenes encourage and help maintain sleep.
Indica vs. Sativa vs. Hybrid
Labeling Cannabis according to this naming convention can cause much confusion and should be taken as a comprehensive guide, with as many exceptions, as rules. These differences also often refer to the physical appearance of the plant. Sativas are taller plants with long leaves, and Indicas shorter and stockier.
THC vs. CBD vs. CBN for Insomnia
It’s best not to think of these as one VS another, but rather as a riddle…and ask the question;
“What combination of these three Cannabinoids works for me?”
Unlike the naming classifications, the specific Cannabinoid content is crucial in determining the correct Cannabis strains for sleep. There are many more Cannabinoids (over 100), and as breeding programs intensify, we expect some of these to gain prominence in the future.
The current two most prominent cannabinoids are THC and CBD. Both of these compounds occur in different ratios in most cannabis plants.
THC is the Cannabinoid responsible for the famous cannabis’ high.’ Although this is its most famous (infamous?) effect, this potent Cannabinoid is seen as highly significant as a component of sleep aid.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has been shown to have multiple uses in maintaining body homeostasis, anti-inflammatory, and helping mitigate chronic pain.
Many studies agree that Cannabinoids are most effective when combined with one another and with Terpenes to create the Entourage Effect.
Best CBD To THC Ratio For Sleep
We have found little compelling evidence to support the ‘pure CBD as a sleeping aid’ idea. We think this concept is fabricated to attempt to sell (any) products into markets where the laws remain anti-Cannabis. Yes, you may get minor physical relaxation results. However, most current data supports the necessity for whole plant material and the entourage effect.
This ratio is highly individualized, and I advise you to experiment with various combinations for yourself. There are, however, some basic guidelines to help you begin the journey.
CBD for the body and THC for the mind. Insomnia caused by physical pain may require a slightly high ratio of CBD, while higher THC can help the mind pause its incessant ruminating.
CBN, created when THC-A oxidizes, has also begun to get attention as a sleep aid. There are several products on the market that include CBN in their formulations.
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