It really depends on your particular situation.
Let’s zoom in on the neurotransmitters since we’re talking about GABA specifically.
It’s the primary inhibitory chemical in our nervous system.
CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and most importantly, is a powerful ally against neuroinflammation:
Notice how this happens at “low concentrations”.
It’s short for Gamma Butyric Acid (thank goodness!)
Psychological stress has also displayed a powerful effect to reduce levels of GABA in important areas of the brain for anxiety:
There’s a new study which shows that a woman who does not feel pain and anxiety has a specific mutation which causes her situation.
The net effect of this on GABA…
Let’s look at that now.
With wellness trends changing quicker than Kanye West’s fans, it’s difficult to keep up with what works and what doesn’t. But passing the Farm Bill in 2018 marked an important milestone for the CBD industry because implementing regulations actually helped weed out (pun intended) the shady proprietors from the legitimate businesses.
You’re shook. Sleep is not an option.
Once the alcohol enters your bloodstream and is processed through your liver, the disruption in your brain is caused by the alcohol trying to mimic gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA). Increased GABA levels reduce your neural activity. This is why you’re able to fall into a blissful slumber in the first half of the night.
CBD is the non-psychoactive component of marijuana that affects the body, rather than the mind, unlike its counterpart tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is what gives you the distinctive high that marijuana is notoriously known for.
In contrast, using CBD products can actually raise GABA levels naturally.
Let’s put it this way: high levels of GABA feel like having young Khalid croon you to sleep, until glutamate levels kicks the door down and puts on Wake Me Up by Avicii.
Ah, the humble nightcap—often disguised as an innocent invitation into your date’s home, or an unexpected signifier that the night, in fact, will continue. But have you ever had one too many drinks before stumbling into bed, hoping to fall into a deep slumber, only to be jolted awake in the middle of the night without knowing why?
First off, the stigma against cannabis is long gone. The unveiling of marijuana’s benefits has galvanized more and more states—including the country’s capital—to decriminalize or legalize the medical and recreational use of cannabis.
“Contrary to popular opinion, consuming alcohol can actually interrupt your sleep rather than improving it.”
Although smoking marijuana is the more commonly known method of using cannabis, consuming CBD products has proved to hold more therapeutic benefits, such as using Full Spectrum CBD oil or adding CBD Bitters to your mock-tail to help you sleep. Other benefits of CBD oil include pain-relief, alleviating anxiety, and reducing stress.
The natural extracts of CBD are able to boost GABA. With increased GABA levels, your brain’s GABA receptors can organically reduce the amount of signals your brain receives, relieving your brain of mental activity and making you feel calmer. In other words, CBD will help us relax more, relieve tension, and sleep deeper.