4 Surprising Ways Hemp Oil Helps Treat Insomnia, Pain, and Stress

Hemp oil for pain, stress, and insomnia

4 Surprising Ways Hemp Oil Helps Treat Insomnia, Pain, and Stress

PCR Hemp oil is a rising star in the world of nutraceuticals, boasting the ability to do everything from ease pain and inflammation to curbing anxiety and stress and helping with sleep. Sounds like a wonder drug, doesn’t it?

Sleep troubles, pain, and stresses may be singular occurrences but they’re very often linked together in an ever repeating cycle. People who are sensitive to pain often have trouble sleeping. With poor quality sleep comes emotional discomfort. That stress leads to an increase in pain sensitivity, and ‘round and ‘round.

Companies are providing quality hemp oil products designed to treat the cycle of insomnia, pain, stress, and repetition.

What Can Hemp Oil Do?

Initial reception was guarded. Many people believed that hemp oil, derived from the hemp plant, was the same as marijuana with the ability to get you high and trouble. The truth is that, while hemp oil and marijuana both come from plants in the cannabis genus, they are different plants altogether with slightly different properties.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the active component of hemp oil. It’s what gives it the magical properties of healing body and soul. It can be found in marijuana, as well. But it’s the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that gives users the famous psychoactive high. THC is present in very tiny amounts in hemp oil, but not enough to have any psychoactive effects.

Scientists have yet to completely understand exactly how cannabinoids work, but they do know that they interact with proteins and cells in the brain. There is an entire system of the central nervous system, the endocannabinoid system, that houses receptors specific to cannabinoids.

Hemp Oil For Stress

CBC has long been touted for its ability to calm nerves and ease anxiety . It works similarly to other traditional anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) medications by binding to receptor sites in the brain that are at the root of the stress response. It was shown to have a calming effect on the central nervous system.

The endocannabinoid system can become dysregulated under chronic stress, resulting in overstimulation. Hemp oil can help to restore balance and encourage your body’s production of endocannabinoids. CBD is also known to bind to a specific serotonin receptor that plays a strong role in anxiety disorders. That’s the same receptor which is targeted by buspirone.

A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology showed that patients experienced altered blood flow in the areas of the brain that control anxious feeling after using CBD. The difference in blood flow correlated with a lower anxiety. A recent study followed patients with social anxiety surrounding public speaking. The administration of CBD seemed to reduce cognitive impairment and nervousness in the patients.

That makes it a safe alternative to use for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorder (SAD).

Hemp Oil For Chronic Pain

Known to have anti-inflammatory effects, CBD is especially effective at combating pain in the joints. It works to reduce swelling around joints, alleviating discomfort that is usually associated with inflammation. After surgery, it can be used to prevent swelling around the surgical site.

How can that be? Studies have shown that it may work by impacting that endocannabinoid receptor activity, interacting with neurotransmitters and reducing inflammation.

CBD has been used to treat pain that results from arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, joint inflammation, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neuropathies. Often with these problems, the body builds up a tolerance to conventional treatments, and doses need to be constantly increased, or rotated to maintain some efficacy. That doesn’t seem to be the case with the use of CBD. Researchers have so far found that patients were not likely to build up a tolerance to the effects of CBD.

Hemp Oil For Acute Pain

Acutely, CBD is known to block the pain receptors from activating along the central and peripheral nervous systems. When they don’t activate, the sensation of pain never reaches the brain.

Hemp Oil For Insomnia

There are so many reasons that people suffer from poor sleep, or a lack of it altogether. Culprits can range from anxiety, depression, PTSD, stimulants like caffeine or alcohol, pain, medications, and sleep disorders like sleep apnea. It’s no wonder that up to 70% of people receive subpar sleep on a regular basis. Considering the source of the majority of sleep disorders, it’s no small surprise that CBD can have a favorable effect.

Hemp oil is being used to combat the problem and improve the quality of sleep in people that suffer anxiety as well as those who just are not good sleepers. By relieving many of the causes of sleep disturbances like pain and anxiety, patients are already on their way to experiencing some relief from their symptoms.

In addition to the anxiolytic and analgesic actions, CBD works to regulate or even reset the body’s natural circadian rhythms. Harvard Health states that hemp oil has performed well as a possible treatment for insomnia, showing that patients noticed improved sleep duration and quality.

For patients that suffer from such maladies as restless leg syndrome and muscle spasms associated with Multiple Sclerosis, hemp oil can significantly reduce the symptoms of muscle spasms and the associated pain.

Experts aren’t yet positive just how CBD works to improve sleep, but believe it to be because it works to fight the root causes of insomnia. Causes like anxiety, stress, and pain and inflammation.

So, by working through the underlying causes of pain, stress, and insomnia, hemp oil can help to alleviate each of these symptoms, effectively breaking the cycle. It can work in a natural, gentle way that supports and restores the body’s natural functions.

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