CBD Oil And Sleep: When To Take CBD Oil For Sleeping Purposes

If you want to know more about when to take CBD oil for potential sleeping purposes, we’ve got the information you need to consider here.

CBD oil is the most popular cannabidiol product type in the UK, according to a recent survey from market research company YouGov.

CBD oil consumers take it to enjoy a wide range of reported benefits. Potential effects may include helping them to relax, relieving pain and inflammation, or reducing anxiety.

So then, does CBD oil help you sleep? Read on to learn about when to take CBD oil for sleep and when not to – but just bear in mind that the answer will vary for everyone, as each person reacts to CBD oil differently. If your sleeping troubles are significant or long-term, contact your GP. 

Sleep problems

Trouble sleeping is very common and according to the NHS, you’ll often find that the situation improves within about a month. Nevertheless, that can still seem like a very long time to wait if you’re feeling fatigued – whether you’re busy with work, responsible for looking after children, or any other reason.

Longer runs of bad sleep can feel particularly debilitating and have a strong effect on your daily life, making everything feel more difficult. Regular difficulty sleeping could be insomnia, which can last for months or even years.

There’s a wide range of simple steps you can try to have a more restful night, before thinking about when to take CBD oil for sleep or giving something else a go. These include: 

  • Creating a darker, quieter, cooler environment
  • Working out or being more active
  • Drinking less alcohol and caffeine
  • Writing down anything you’re worried about, or making a to-do-list
  • Sticking to regular sleeping hours

Trouble sleeping can make you feel down, worsen your mood and affect your concentration. Therefore, it follows that anyone struggling to sleep on a regular basis would want to find a solution and improve things as soon as possible.

Some people just naturally find it more difficult to fall asleep than others, but sometimes life circumstances and stressful events can cause disrupted sleep patterns. 

Can CBD oil help treat anxiety?

Bad anxiety is a common cause of both one-off sleep deprivation and also more long-term insomnia. 

Some people decide to take CBD oil for sleep because of its potential for improving anxiety problems.

Overall, more scientific research is required before it can be proven categorically if CBD oil can help. 

However, the information service Healthline has cited several useful studies on the topic

The preliminary research supports the use of CBD in treating generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and anxiety-induced insomnia.

Does CBD oil help you sleep?

Here are some of the main reasons why CBD oil may be able to help you sleep better – just note that again, more research is needed before we’ll know for sure.

Firstly, some people may have an endocannabinoid deficiency affecting their ability to sleep. The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which produces these endogenous cannabinoids to help regulate our sleeping patterns, as well as a range of bodily functions.

A research article in 2016 cited some partial evidence for “improved sleep, and other benefits to cannabinoid treatment and adjunctive lifestyle approaches affecting the ECS”.

CBD, a cannabinoid, could help prevent endocannabinoids from breaking down.

Secondly, a 2014 case series concluded that CBD could plausibly control the symptoms of a sleep disorder.

When we fall asleep, we go through several stages of non-rapid eye movement (REM), then REM itself, which is when dreams can occur.

The case series found that CBD could potentially be able to alleviate the symptoms associated with REM sleep behaviour disorder. This was the case for four patients, with no side effects reported.

Thirdly, a review of clinical trials found that there may be some potential for CBD to improve sleep for those struggling with insomnia.

It appeared that a moderate to high dose could have a sedative effect and also decrease the frequency of awakenings throughout the night.

In one trial amongst 15 insomniac volunteers, those receiving 160mg of CBD claimed they slept significantly more than those given a placebo.

When to take CBD oil for sleep and when not to

What does the preliminary evidence above mean for those trying to decide when to take CBD oil for sleep? It suggests that CBD may have the potential to help you sleep better. 

As mentioned, anyone experiencing significant trouble with sleeping should consult their GP. 

One important factor to keep in mind is that for any CBD products you buy, if the product is not a licensed medicine, no company should make any medicinal claims about their goods.

Another key consideration is the quality of any CBD products you purchase. Watch out, because some suppliers’ CBD oil could be mislabelled and may include banned or harmful ingredients, such as THC.

CBD is legal in the UK as long as it does not contain more than 1mg of THC per pack. When trying out a new CBD provider, check that they have ISO-accredited lab certification and also read their customer reviews for reassurance.

Once you’re confident about the quality of the CBD oil you’ll be consuming, the first step is to try differing amounts during the day, to see how your body reacts. 

A smaller amount of CBD oil (around 40mg) may result in a calming sensation, whilst a larger amount (around 160mg) could create a sedative-like feeling. 

Try to find a level where you feel the results are best, and adjust if necessary when using it before you go to sleep. 

Remember, the effects of taking CBD oil are not instantaneous, so either try to consume it an hour before you go to bed, or if you’d like a quicker impact, use CBD oil in tincture form. Read our blog for more information about how long the effects of CBD take to feel

Summary: When to take CBD oil for sleep

Initial research has raised hopes that CBD oil could potentially improve sleep by preventing endocannabinoids from breaking down, alleviating sleep disorder symptoms and producing a sedative effect.

These encouraging early signs mean that there is a possibility that cannabidiol could prove beneficial.

In terms of when to take CBD oil for sleep, make sure you’re using an accredited provider, and once you’ve tested the CBD during the day first, you should be ready to try your CBD oil before bed.

Just be cautious of any company citing improved sleep as a proven advantage of their CBD products. Any CBD-based medicine in the UK would first need approval from the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

For further queries about when to take CBD oil for sleep, or about cannabidiol products in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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CBD Oil Side Effects On Kidneys: Everything You Need To Know

In this article we’ll discuss the topic of CBD oil side effects on kidneys – are there any?

There is still so much to explore when it comes to researching the potential effects and benefits of cannabidiol. For example, we recently wrote about an article exploring whether CBD could potentially help prevent COVID-19 infections.

Whenever you try a new supplement, it’s wise to read up about it first to make sure it’s right for you – are there any reported side effects, for example? 

And we’re sometimes asked about whether there are any potential CBD oil side effects on kidneys, so let us clear that one up for you in this article.

Kidney function

First, a little context – before analysing if there are any CBD oil side effects on kidneys, it helps to understand the important roles these organs play in the body.

Kidneys remove waste and extra fluid, as well as acid produced by cells. In the bloodstream, they regulate a healthy balance of minerals, salts and water. The minerals include calcium, magnesium and phosphate

Maintaining this balance is important because otherwise the muscles, nerves and tissues in the body may not function properly. Kidneys also make hormones which help control blood pressure.

In the UK, approximately 10% of the population have chronic kidney disease. This rises to 20% of people over 80 years old, according to Kidney Care UK.

If the kidneys stop working as well as they should, this could well be a sign of chronic kidney disease. At an advanced stage, symptoms could include a shortness of breath, blood in the urine, feeling sick, tiredness and swollen feet or hands.

Causes of chronic kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or infections.

Are there any CBD oil side effects on kidneys? 

Some who worry about possible CBD oil side effects on kidneys have focused on a central concern – can any negative consequences arise from cannabidiol entering the bloodstream? 

Taking it sublingually, by vaping, or by swallowing capsules allows cannabidiol to make its way through the bloodstream, in order to have a wide range of potentially positive effects.

In short, a 2020 nephrology review from a New York medical school concluded that “there is no evidence to suggest that CBD has any adverse effect on kidney function” – but more research is needed.

The review also mentioned a tentative indication that CBD could potentially support kidney function, referring to an example of preventing nephrotoxicity (kidney deterioration) in mice. 

Studies in 2009, 2015 and 2017 also found potential signs of CBD having a beneficial impact on kidneys or reducing nephrotoxicity – but in all cases, much more research is required.

It’s important to note that the reported absence of CBD oil side effects on kidneys is always based on a key assumption – that the product is a correctly-labelled, reputable one. More on this shortly.

What are the effects of taking CBD oil?

What is the purpose of CBD’s absorption into the bloodstream? Again, research is ongoing and there is still much to learn about cannabidiol’s efficacy, but early results are very interesting.

They suggest that CBD could help to alleviate symptoms from several neurological as well as physical and psychological conditions, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Multiple sclerosis 
  • Arthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease

Technically, cannabidiol interacts with the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). A critical part of homeostasis, it’s a physiological system which helps regulate the body and maintain a healthy balance throughout. 

CBD’s impact on the ECS is to prevent endogenous – or natural – endocannabinoids from breaking down, in turn helping them to have a bigger impact.

So if there aren’t any reported CBD oil side effects on kidneys, are there any other side effects elsewhere? Most people’s bodies tolerate it very well, although some users have felt drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness, a dry mouth and a reduced appetite.

For more information about how taking CBD oil makes you feel, read our recent blog.

CBD oil and quality control

For the best experience when taking CBD, it’s important to only buy quality, well-trusted products from reputable providers. This will help reduce any potential risk of harmful adverse side effects.

In the UK, CBD is legal to buy and not a controlled substance – unless it contains more than 1mg of THC per pack. THC is a controlled substance in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Sadly, there are many poor quality products available on the market, so trust is vital – some brands are, either knowingly or unknowingly, mislabelling CBD products

For peace of mind, always read customer reviews and check the list of ingredients.

If a company claims their CBD products are legal since they contain less than 0.2% THC, they have misinterpreted UK law. The 0.2% legal limit for THC is only for the growth of CBD, not consumption.

Also look for third-party lab certificates on the provider’s website. CBD products should have essentially no THC – this can be verified by ISO-accredited labs with 0.01% detection limits.

Remember that in terms of the aforementioned studies looking into possible CBD oil side effects on kidneys and reportedly not finding any, that conclusion is based on a user taking legitimate cannabidiol products. In contrast, the presence of THC could potentially negatively impact results.

Summary: CBD oil side effects on kidneys

Preliminary studies have not found signs of CBD oil side effects on kidneys. 

These organs regulate a healthy balance in the blood and while cannabidiol – when absorbed – enters the bloodstream, no evidence of adverse harm has been reported so far.

Bear in mind though that in order to be comprehensive, more research is needed and these findings assume that the CBD used is a legitimate product. For further information about whether there are any CBD oil side effects on kidneys please get in touch.

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CBD Overdose: Can You Overdose On CBD?

Here’s an unusual, but very important, question we’re sometimes asked about cannabidiol – can you overdose on CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) products have been steadily growing in popularity over the past few years. A new report from Global Market Insights forecasts that the European CBD market could be worth $15.4bn (£11.8bn) by 2028.

However, this growth could be affected if there’s a risk of any harmful effects. So, can you overdose on CBD? 

Rest assured, the short answer is no – you cannot overdose on CBD as long as you only purchase cannabidiol from a trusted provider. In the UK, CBD is legal to buy and sell, as long as it doesn’t contain over 1mg of THC per pack and assuming the product has Food Standards Agency approval.

However, to answer the question ‘can you overdose on CBD?’ properly, the best place to start is by providing complete clarity on what overdoses are.

Defining overdoses

An overdose is an excessive – and as a result, dangerous – consumption of any substance. 

In other words, it is the application or ingestion of something in a quantity that exceeds  recommendations and causes negative health consequences.

The NHS cites overdoses as the most common type of poisoning in the UK. It is possible to overdose on medicine, such as paracetamol, as well as drugs such as cannabis.

Cannabis overdose symptoms can include paranoia, hallucinations and numbness in the arms or legs.

Can you overdose on CBD?

It’s probably because of cannabidiol’s connection to the Cannabis sativa plant that influences some people to ask this very question: can you overdose on CBD?

However, it’s a different cannabinoid – THC – which is responsible for creating the wide range of psychoactive effects in the drug cannabis. Taking too much THC, by smoking or eating too much cannabis, causes the symptoms associated with an overdose.

In contrast, CBD is not psychoactive and doesn’t produce a ‘high’. The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 does not classify cannabidiol as a controlled substance.

Therefore, you cannot overdose on CBD. The absence of THC in genuine cannabidiol products means that there is no possibility of an overdose, like there is with cannabis.

In recent years, the World Health Organization recommended that pure cannabidiol should “not be placed under international drug control as the substance was not found to have psychoactive properties, and presents no potential for abuse or dependence.”

What about CBD oil though – that’s the most popular cannabidiol product in the UK, as YouGov has reported. Can you overdose on CBD oil?

No, you cannot overdose on CBD oil, or any other legal type of cannabidiol product. 

CBD oil is extracted from industrial hemp and can only be cultivated legally, with a Home Office licence, as long as it has a THC content below 0.2%. 

By the time any cannabidiol product reaches the market, it can only have 1mg of THC per container or pack – whether it’s a CBD oil, capsule or anything else.

Providers must have the means in place to consistently meet the 1mg limit – unaccredited CBD testing labs cannot reliably detect this. To avoid any risk of exceeding it, they should have this verified by an ISO-accredited lab, with a limit of detection of 0.01%.

CBD isolate products are the purest and do not even contain trace amounts of CBD.

Guidance on CBD dosage

A literature review looking at safety and potential cannabidiol side effects found that even ‘chronic use’ or high doses of 1500mg per day can be well tolerated by the human body.

While there aren’t any official guidelines on how much CBD to take, we’ve written previously about working out the ideal dosage.

We recommended: 

  • Starting by taking 5-10mg per day
  • If that’s not enough, increase it by 5mg per day the following week 
  • Repeat as necessary to find the right dose for you

Keep track of how much you’re taking – it’s also wise to consult your GP first, in particular if you’re taking any other medications.

The optimum dosage will also depend on factors such as your weight, body chemistry and the type of CBD product you’re using.

While you cannot overdose on CBD, you should bear in mind that some users have felt side effects before, such as drowsiness or dizziness.

Is CBD addictive?

Another question we’re often asked on top of ‘can you overdose on CBD?’ has something in common – ‘is CBD addictive?

We recently covered this and, again, the absence of THC in cannabidiol means that there are no substances present that could cause an addiction.

CBD works with the body’s endocannabinoid system in a completely different way to THC, which has much stronger effects that are addictive to some.

In contrast, there is even some preliminary research hypothesising that cannabidiol may be able to help treat addiction, but much more evidence is still required before we can be sure.

Can you overdose on CBD and alcohol?

One final word of caution is that naturally, just because you can’t overdose on CBD, this doesn’t mean that if you take it at the same time as a harmful substance, you can’t overdose on that.

For example, we recently wrote about mixing cannabidiol and alcohol. Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol can cause drowsiness, vomiting, unconsciousness and, ultimately, death.

There’s not enough research available yet to determine this conclusively, but it is possible that CBD and alcohol taken together will increase each other’s effects on the body.

So while you cannot overdose on CBD, just be careful about other substances – enjoy in moderation, know your limits and always err on the side of caution.

Summary: can you overdose on CBD?

To summarise, you can’t overdose on cannabidiol. 

As long as you take care to only buy a high quality CBD product from a reputable provider, it’ll essentially be free of THC. 

Therefore it won’t have any psychoactive effects, won’t be addictive and won’t cause any of the symptoms associated with an overdose, even if you take a higher than average amount.

If you have any questions about CBD products or anything else, please contact us.

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