More than a third of UK adults don’t get the recommended amount of sleep (and that was before the pandemic) but many have found CBD helps them drift off.
According to the sleep council, 38 per cent of the UK recommend a comfortable bed as their top sleep tip, but amongst other answers such as switching off gadgets, avoiding alcohol and caffeine and using meditation or mindfulness, was there an option missing?
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults should get between seven and nine hours sleep per night. However, according to a study from The Guardian, 35 percent of adults in the UK sleep for fewer than the minimum seven hours.
As a solution used by people across the world to treat depression, anxiety and chronic pain, CBD is now becoming increasingly popular as a treatment for insomnia and other sleep-related issues.
While many have turned to herbal and pharmaceutical remedies to relieve restless and disturbed sleep – as well as no sleep at all – the effect of cannabis on sleeping patterns remains an underdeveloped area of research however it is gaining momentum.
One study from 2019, showed that cortisol levels reduced significantly in participants who took between 300 and 600 mg of CBD oil.
Another 2019 study of 103 participants with anxiety or poor sleep found that a higher dose was needed to improve their ability to fall and stay asleep. After a month on a 25mg dosage of CBD oil, 66.7 percent of patients said their sleep had improved.
It still remains unclear if CBD has a direct impact on sleeping patterns, however, its ability to reduce anxiety and pain, which are all common causes of insomnia, is more widely researched and accepted amongst the academic community.
There are a variety of ways CBD can be taken to aid sleep, with an array of products to choose from.
Oils and tinctures, pills, capsules and edibles such as gummies are often considered a direct route and offer a range of strengths and tastes, however vaping is considered to be the method that gets the CBD into your system faster – albeit posing more general respiratory risks.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) – which is responsible for regulating CBD as a novel food – recommends that healthy adults take no more than 70mg a day, unless under medical direction. This equates to roughly 28 drops of five percent CBD. This guidance is based on recent findings by the UK government’s Committee on Toxicity (COT).
Each individual may also have different CBD sensitivity, impacted by factors such as weight, height and metabolism speed. In tandem, the way people take CBD will be different, for example some may take CBD multiple times throughout the day and others just once in the evening.
Suffering from restless or disturbed sleep and insomnia is not something that can be cured quickly or with one solution, especially as this may be caused by an array of factors.
Ensuring caffeine and alcohol are avoided, creating a dark space, exercising regularly and keeping a sleep diary will all help to ensure sleep comes easier and stays longer.
What are CBD patches and do they work?
Transdermal patches are a relatively new concept in the CBD world but they could be one of the most effective ways to reap the benefits, the team at Hapi Hemp explain.
CBD patches are not just another item on a list nor are they a fad, these patches are not only unique, but they are also smart and incredibly effective.
Even though these patches are extremely simple, the actual ‘how’ is a little more technical, which we explain below.
What are CBD patches?
Transdermal patches may be relatively new in the world of CBD, but the concept has been around for years. They work in a similar way to nicotine or hormonal patches, with a few twists that ensure the patch can effectively deliver CBD into your bloodstream.
The Hapi CBD patch is made from organic hemp extract, taking goodness from this wonderful plant ensuring the full benefits in a THC free transdermal format.
One of the benefits of using CBD patches is the fast delivery of CBD into the bloodstream. The CBD doesn’t have to go through other bodily processes, so you start feeling the effects in a matter of minutes after attaching the patch to your skin.
How do CBD patches work?
CBD patches pass CBD directly into our skin cells. Because our cells are made of lipids, and cannabinoids are also lipids, CBD readily diffuses through our cells, eventually making the way to our blood vessels. In other words, they deliver cannabinoids into your bloodstream through the skin, which allows the CBD to reach your endocannabinoid system, where it binds with CB1 and CB2 receptors to produce a variety of beneficial effects.
The Benefits of CBD Patches
One of the benefits of using our CBD patches is the fast delivery of CBD into the bloodstream.
The CBD doesn’t have to go through any processes throughout the body, so you start feeling the effects within minutes of applying the patch.
There is also the added bonus of CBD activating the skin cells directly (without needing to travel through the blood), which can also be very beneficial for our skin.
CBD patches allow you to target specific areas of the body. For example, if you had a particular area you are thinking to use it, you could apply the patch directly onto that area, so it receives the direct full flow of CBD fast.
CBD patches allow for the steady and consistent delivery of CBD over the course of 24 hours and have the added bonus of a faster intense delivery.
Then the next day simply remove the patch and apply a new one. One day you may decide to apply the CBD patch to your arm, another day you may apply it to your shoulder – the choice is yours and you are in complete control.
Testers who have tried these patches have been surprised at just how effective they are.
One lady said: “The beauty of this is I can put it on where I want, I can stick it on my shoulder one day, then another I can stick it on my foot. I have decided that when I can finally go out I will pop it on my bunion before I put my heels on!”
Beyond efficacy and efficiency, our CBD patches offer one of the easiest and most effective deliveries of CBD.
The Hapi CBD patch comes in three different packs – a Six patch pouch, 18 patch pouch, 30 patch pouch – so you have the option to try first if you wish, however the feedback we have had back from our testers is remarkable.
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Is it safe to take CBD with other medication?
With potential to ease symptoms in conditions such as fibromyalgia, insomnia, depression and many more, the use of CBD is rapidly rising.
But there’s one resounding question that needs to be taken into consideration before turning to the remedy – is it safe to take with other medication?
Considering the nature of the conditions many medicinal CBD users suffer from – chronic pain, mental health issues and so on – it’s likely they will already be taking prescribed medication to aid their symptoms before branching out into CBD. Therefore, it’s vital to understand the effects these remedies may have on each other.
When you take a medication, your body must metabolise – or break down – the substance. This ‘drug’ metabolism happens throughout various parts of the body, with the gut and liver playing a particularly big part in the breakdown.
In these areas, a family of enzymes called cytochrome P450 (CYP450) converts foreign substances so they can be easily eliminated from our bodies. However, some medications affect CYP450 by either slowing down or speeding up drug metabolism.
So, what does this mean in relation to CBD? This change in metabolism rate can alter how your body processes the medication or supplements – such as CBD – that you take, causing a drug interaction.
It has been found that CBD can interfere with the CYP450 family of enzymes, meaning the system can’t work as effectively to break down the medications in your system. In reverse, if the medication you are taking inhibits the enzymes, then your body will struggle to process the CBD as effectively.
This lack of breakdown can then lead to more medication in your system than intended – even if you take a recommended dose – or not enough of the medication to combat the health issue.
With this in mind, researchers are working to understand interactions and effects of specific medications and CBD.
For example, a study of 25 children with hard-to-treat epilepsy found that when patients were given both clobazam and CBD, there were elevated levels of the clobazam. This led them to conclude that while taking CBD and clobazam at the same time is safe, it’s important to monitor medication levels and any potential side effects.
Similarly, an investigation into adverse drug events (ADEs) between traditional anti-epileptic drugs and CBD found that the effective does of CBD was mostly well tolerated when co-administered with clobazam, stiripentol or valproate in adults, and that ADEs only occurred in patients for which there was no dosage titration.
Another area to consider before adding CBD to your supplement list is the potential ‘doubling-up’ impact it could have on existing side effects. While generally safe, CBD has been known to cause symptoms such as nausea and drowsiness in some users. Therefore, taking this with medications that cause similar symptoms may lead to an enhanced effect.
Ultimately, the consequences of CBD and drug interactions can depend on many factors, including dosage, age, health conditions and more. So, it’s important to consult your doctor or a medical professional if you intend to try CBD.
From there, your doctor should be able to advise whether it’s safe for you to proceed, whether to alter your dosage, and which product is likely to work best for your needs.
Cannabis-based sleep product sales up 635% since COVID-19
US sales of cannabis products that are marketed to help sleep, have increased significantly since the start of the pandemic as the industry continues to cultivate.
California’s online shopping, lifestyle and cannabis delivery platform, Ganja Goddess, announced key consumer and platform findings since the start of the COVID-19 this month.
The results revealed a sustained demand for cannabis delivery one year since the start of the global pandemic.
Ganja Goddess’ key consumer and platform shifts include a 635 percent increase in revenue for cannabis products marketed to support sleep.
The industry as a whole saw a sustained 100 percent growth year-on-year, a 275 percent increase in revenue on 4/20, the largest day for cannabis delivery sales, shortly followed by a 200 percent increase in revenue on Cyber Monday, the second largest.
The platform also reported a 53 percent increase in conversion rates, which outperforms the average e-commerce conversion rate of one to two percent by more than 350 percent.
During lockdown restrictions, both medical and recreational cannabis were considered essential services across the US, but were forced to shift to delivery or collection services.
“With consumers spending more time at home than ever before while sheltering in place, cannabis delivery became a vital force in the industry,” said Ganja Goddess CEO Zachary Pitts.
“With cannabis deemed an essential service, the pandemic acted like rocket fuel for what was already a growing consumer trend headed for the mainstream.
“In a year filled with challenges, we saw a surge in consumers placing orders for cannabis products marketed to help with sleep issues, highlighting one of the many health issues Americans are facing during the pandemic.
Founded in 2011, Ganja Goddess offers statewide delivery services, online shopping and a curated online cannabis lifestyle experience that caters to consumers demands in California, the world’s largest cannabis market.
“The critical need for cannabis delivery remains at an all-time high. As challenges related to the pandemic continue, we are committed to serving the growing needs of cannabis consumers and patients across California.”
In the UK, research from a team at Southampton University found a sharp rise in the number of Britons suffering from insomnia and anxiety-induced sleep problems since the pandemic.
A paper published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that systemic acute administration of CBD appears to increase total sleep time and a review from 2017 echoed these sentiments, with researchers noting that preliminary research into CBD has found that CBD “may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia” and that it “may hold promise for REM sleep behaviour disorder and excessive daytime sleepiness”.
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