Is CBD really a drug? Is there really a cure for sleep apnea? Rarely a day goes by without headlines claiming CBD oil can remedy a host of chronic disorders and diseases. It was only a matter of time that these magical gummies and oils laid claim to rid people of that annoying CPAP. While there is no denying CBD success with pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and anxiety, can it really treat sleep disorders?
First, put the CPAP back on the nightstand and finish reading this article. Don’t jump online to order a gallon of oil and a case of gummies. This blog will do something that no other article will and give the answer in the first couple of paragraphs. The one stipulation is to read the full article and digest the facts (drumroll music please). CBD is NOT a universal Band-Aid and will not cure sleep apnea. Sadly it is not some kind of little blue pill that can keep a “stiff” upper airway. The physiological elements simply prove it to not be possible however it can provide a role make sleep apnea treatment better.
While disappointed as it sounds getting this bad new there is still good news ahead. While CBD cannot cure sleep apnea it can play a crucial role in adherence to CPAP therapy. Compliance or “adherence” are fancy words that describe how much a person uses a CPAP machine. Unfortunately for people that must use insurance to rent the CPAP machine it is required to show a certain amount of usage monthly or quarterly.
CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, a binding chemical that acts as a messenger to the receptors in the central nervous system. It has been shown to promote positive benefits for people that suffer from many different health conditions including insomnia, anxiety, and pain.
Do not to confuse CBD with THC (tetrahydrocannabidol) which is the cannabinoid associated with the psychoactive “high” or “buzz” effect people feel from medical marijuana use.
The word Apnea is a modern translation from the Greek language meaning “breathless” or “Without Breath”. An apnea event occurs during sleep when your airway collapses causing an obstruction that restricts air to the lungs. These blockages in the airway can range from 10 seconds to 2 minutes or more! Most people struggle to hold their breath for more than 30 seconds while awake but a collapsed airway can shut it down for minutes. Scary stuff.
Air flow to the lungs is converted into oxygen that the heart pumps throughout the body and brain. The brain is a super computer and recognizes when the body is in trouble from low oxygen. As a result this will cause a brief and unnoticed awakening that disrupts restful sleep. A constant cycle of airway blockage can put a dangerous strain on the heart. As a result each time an apnea occurs it triggers a chain of events that cause negative health consequences. The short-term consequences to notice are excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue or maybe morning headaches. Due to untreated sleep apnea it can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart failure, and type II diabetes.
The word CPAP is an acronym for continuous positive airway pressure. A CPAP machine is a medical device that uses pressurized room air and delivers it via a mask worn by the user. The use of CBD oil in conjunction with CPAP can have benefits the users in a variety of ways. Among many other pros to using CBD it is these 2 reasons that top the list in our opinion.
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“Therefore, it is the position of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) that medical cannabis and/or its synthetic extracts should not be used for the treatment of OSA due to unreliable delivery methods and insufficient evidence of effectiveness, tolerability, and safety. OSA should be excluded from the list of chronic medical conditions for state medical cannabis programs, and patients with OSA should discuss their treatment options with a licensed medical provider at an accredited sleep facility.”
CBD may interact with certain medication and it is recommended to speak with a physician prior to using. This page contains general information about sleep health. Any information provided should not be considered or treated as medical advice and always consult a medical professional before making any health or lifestyle changes. Products and information mentioned are not intended to be used as a substitute for medical diagnosis, advice, or treatment.