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Can CBD help count sheep?
Sleep Disorders
Insomnia, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome are but a few of the ills that fall under the category of sleep conditions. Though not quick to receive much attention from the healthcare community, the threat associated with sleep conditions – from obesity to cardiovascular disease – is stark.
According to Statistics Canada, around 35 percent of Canadians over 15 report having trouble sleeping. While it’s recommended that adults of essentially every age get around eight hours of sleep per day, a range of sleeping disorders have an increasing number of people counting sheep at night.1
As the list of sleep disorders continues to grow, people are seeking treatment for their symptoms. From traditional sleeping pills to the use of melatonin, there are various options being explored in this area. Because of its analgesic qualities, cannabidiol (CBD) has started to be viewed as a sleep aid with much future promise.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that possesses strictly therapeutic properties. Unlike another more notorious cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD doesn’t appear to produce psychotropic effects but, rather, is popular among patients as an anti-inflammatory and anticonvulsant, among other qualities.
What Does It Do?
Cannabidiol has proved an impressive agent for combatting a range of ailments – chronic pain, Crohn’s disease and cancer, to name a few. At its most impressive, CBD has been reported to help dramatically, or completely, eliminate seizures in patients with epilepsy and Dravet syndrome.2
How Can CBD Help?
Using cannabis flowers and oils that are low in THC, and relatively high in CBD, before bed has shown to help significantly improve sleep patterns for some patients. Incorporating a low dose of CBD oil, even alongside traditional options like melatonin, may well prove to be a new way to battle an age-old condition.

  1. Duration and quality of sleep among Canadian aged 18 to 79. https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-003-x/2017009/article/54857-eng.htm
  2. 7 benefits and uses of CBD oil. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits

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