CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the
misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep. In an interview with Prevention, Dr Herve Damas mentions that “CBD has been shown to have anxiety-relieving effects, and anxiety disorders can be a cause of insomnia,”
This review analysis of 49 existing studies concluded that CBD could be an excellent way to combat anxiety, panic disorders, and perhaps post-traumatic stress disorder. If CBD can succeed in helping you feel calmer or less stressed, you just might have an easier time drifting off.
Additionally, a recent review of preliminary research found that CBD may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia and may hold promise for REM sleep behaviour disorder.
While CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, the strongest scientific evidence for its effectiveness is in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether.
Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.
Besides anxiety and sleep, pain relief is listed at another one of the main reasons that people are seeking out CBD as an alternative.