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Expanding Horizons for Medical Marijuana: Cannabidiol for sleep problems?

Submitted by on February 10, 2018 – 12:07 AM

cbdFor various reasons, many medical students may have trouble sleeping which can disrupt their behavior and result in a vicious cycle of unhealthy habits. For those in medical school, the issues below may potentially be addressed or overcome with the assistance of cannabidiol, or CBD.

Lack of Sleep

Medical school and particularly clinical rotations in the hospital setting do not leave much time for a good night’s sleep. There are occasions when a medical student may go a day or more without sleep, which can be very stressful on the body.



The medical field is highly stressful. Maintaining the necessary grades, interacting with highly competitive and focused classmates and juggling the various parts of education needed to stay up-to-date and moving forward with one’s education all means a lot of stress. This in turn leads to sleep interference and problems with one’s health as a result.


No Routine

A sleep routine is helpful to the success of learning and all body processes that keep an individual alert and healthy. The lack of routine that comes from attempting to keep up with education and practical knowledge application during medical school means a significant impediment to healthy sleep.


The common cold!

Hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices are a melting pot of germs. For students who are just beginning exposure to these areas, it is normal to fight illness on a regular basis. One sign of such an illness would be a stuffy nose, where inflammation is interfering with normal sleep patterns and schedules.


Unpredictable Sleep Environment

A consistent and healthy sleep environment is helpful for a good night’s rest. For those who are in medical school, sleep must be taken when available – and that means wherever you happen to be. That rarely lends itself to an eight to ten hour break in a bedroom with cooler temperatures and aromatherapy handy. For those who are working toward success, flexibility means letting go of any attempt to create/return to a predictable sleep environment for any rest periods.


Use CBD to Help with Sleep Issues

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound found in cannabis. This compound provides cannabinoids to the body other than those naturally produced. This helps increase the function of various body processes, since it improves communication with neurotransmitters and fills in the areas where cannabinoid production has fallen behind.


The body can gain a lot from additional cannabinoid communication. Issues like stress and inflammation are addressed by the cannabinoids, helping the body to relax and the nasal passages to recede and allow greater air flow. This helps with sleep.


The introduction of additional cannabinoids means issues like an unpredictable sleep environment and lack of routine can be helped because the body is receiving some support in an herbal form.


The use of American hemp oil maybe beneficial to an individual like a medical student. This person will gain the calming benefits of smoking marijuana without exposure to the illegal substance. Meanwhile, sleep patterns can improve and the body will begin to handle stress and learning more efficiently as it is working from a better sleep pattern.



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