Both animal and human scientific research indicate that THC is an excellent sleep aid in patients with pain, PTSD, and obstructive sleep apnea, but that’s not the case for CBD.
However, if you have not experienced how CBDA is different from CBD (and most people haven’t because CBDA is not included in most products that are manufactured with heat), this guide will explain what we are now learning about this powerful acidic cannabinoid and how it can work together with CBD or in place of CBD to address and prevent symptoms.
Here’s what you need to know about CBD and CBDA for sleep:
Does CBD help with sleep?
Many people are surprised to find out that CBD itself is not sedating. In fact, it is usually the opposite – alerting. However, other phytoconstituents found in CBD products, such as the terpene myrcene, can be sedating. Furthermore, CBD can relieve symptoms that often interfere with sleep, like anxiety and pain. This may be why many people successfully use CBD and CBDA before bed and even in the middle of the night.
In his clinical practice, Dr. Dustin Sulak has known patients who find that taking an evening dose of CBD makes them feel awake, but when they lie down and close their eyes, they sleep deeper and longer than they do without the CBD. Other patients simply report that their CBD use in the morning or early afternoon helps them to relax and sleep more at night.
CBD may disturb sleep in a small number of people when it’s taken in the evening before bed. Dr. Sulak has not heard this report from people using CBDA.
Based on patient and customer feedback, CBDA may be even more helpful for promoting restorative sleep than CBD. Few CBD products contain significant levels of CBDA, CBD’s precursor, and hemp-derived terpenes – both will likely improve the effectiveness of the product. CBDA acts similarly to CBD at many of its targets in our body but has been shown to be better absorbed and more potent in several experiments.
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