Basically, CBD is a 100% natural chemical that’s found in the marijuana plant. It is what’s referred to as a “phytocannabinoid,” which means it belongs to a class of molecules that interact with endocannabinoid receptors in the human body. These receptors belong to the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS, which is responsible for essentially all of our homeostatic functions.
As humans, each and every one of us produces “endocannabinoids” – even if we’ve never consumed weed before in our lives. Among other things, the receptors have been shown to influence things like mood, depression, anxiety, appetite, and even pain and inflammation. When we have a deficiency in the amount of natural endocannabinoids in our body, then, you might suspect that any (or all) of these systems may be thrown entirely out of whack.
In terms of functioning as a specific sleep-promoting agent, CBD oil is believed to work by interacting with a network of receptors, proteins, and other chemicals in the brain that influence all sorts of things, including anxiety and the sleep-wake cycles that are inherent to obtaining a quality (and healthy) night’s sleep.
In fact, it’s estimated by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) that anxiety disorders are a routine cause of any number of sleep abnormalities and disorders, including those that may lead to insomnia.