By Molly Gibson
If you suffer from sleep deprivation or more serious sleeping disorders, you are not alone. This chronic problem is an epidemic. A report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that “A third of US adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases— such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression — that threaten our nation’s health.”
The good news is that more and more studies are finding CBD to be an effective tool for helping people sleep. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis or hemp plant. CBD has extensive medicinal benefits but is non-addictive and non-psychoactive; it does not cause the “high” associated with cannabis.
Ongoing research continues to highlight how well CBD works on the body and brain to encourage sleep.
Kurt Kalker, a registered nurse for 25 years who works on staff at Cape Ann Botanicals says, “We’ve seen amazing efficacy with sleep problems using CBD.”
A study in the “Journal of Psychopharmacology” on the sleep-wake cycle found that the administration of CBD appears to increase total sleep time. Another study in the “Journal of Clinical Pharmacology” shows how CBD can alleviate insomnia. CBD also helps with issues like chronic pain and anxiety that can affect sleep, as shown in studies published in a variety of journals including “Clinical Journal of Pain” and “Neurotherapeutics.”
Carla Villa, General Manager at Cape Ann Botanicals, a CBD store with locations in Ipswich and Newburyport, says, “The joy of seeing a customer come in after trying CBD, and finally sleeping a full 6 hours for the first time in years, is priceless!”
To thrive a full night’s sleep is a necessity. That’s why Cape Ann Botanicals is committed to education on this subject. Their first Hands On, CBD workshop in March will offer a variety of homeopathic options that work in conjunction with CBD to increase quality and quantity of sleep.
For more information about how CBD may help with sleep problems and other ailments, visit www.capeannbotanicals.com or one of the stores: 8 Central St in Ipswich (978-356-3493) or 49 Pleasant St in Newburyport (978-462-6200).