CBD and Insomnia

By Dr. Mary Clifton MD


CBD is one of the most misunderstood, misrepresented and maligned formulations of our time. Often I hear that we don’t have adequate research to make recommendations for our patients and clients. Big, expensive, multicenter research is not available, but several small, well done trials suggest that CBD and other cannabinoid formulations may help in several common conditions. I’ve combed the available research published in medical journals all over the world, so you don’t have to.


Nearly 50% of the adults in the US experience intermittent sleep problems, and many report high rates of dissatisfaction with current sleep prescriptions. In addition to low-dose sedating antidepressants like elavil, providers can offer other sleep aids like Ambien or benzodiazepines like Xanax or Valium. However, many of these medications are associated with increased risk of automobile accidents and falls, especially in the elderly. Sedating antihistamines like benadryl or zyrtec and also herbal medications like melatonin, valerian or skullcap also have varying levels of effectiveness for individuals. Many of my patients find that elusive relief of their chronic insomnia with CBD.


My favorite study of insomnia and cannabinoid formulations was published in 2014 in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, A group of Canadian patients suffered with chronic insomnia and nightmares associated with PTSD and other psychological disorders. The patients were closely monitored, so the results are accurate and reliable. Nightmare frequency decreased from five nightmares per week to just one nightmare per week, and sleep duration increased from five hours per night to an average of seven hours per night.


Find more from Dr. Mary at https://cbdandcannabisinfo.com/about-dr-mary-clifton-md/

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