What is Narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that mainly targets our sleep quality. Narcolepsy disturbs the wakefulness cycle and badly affects sleep duration in this way. Narcolepsy is the modified form of dizziness. The patient suffering from Narcolepsy feels sleepy during the day and feel insomnia at night. The sleepiness attacks are sudden and can occur at any moment during the daytime even during activities also. Though the number of people suffering from Narcolepsy is very low (Every 1 person out of 2000), still it is a very dangerous and lethal disease. Patient suffering from Narcolepsy attack can become totally unconscious. Some other symptoms of Narcolepsy are,
- Loss of Muscles and their mass
- Sleep paralysis
- Excessive sleeping (A common symptom)
- Muscle fatigue
- Mood Swings
- Impairment of speech and memory
- Total body collapse
Narcolepsy is not life-threatening but its symptoms can cause life threats. For example, an attack of Narcolepsy during driving can cause a life-threatening accident.
What is CBD Oil and its Benefits for Narcolepsy?
CBD Oil is the chemical extract of hemp (cannabis plant). It is totally non-psychoactive and non-toxic. People use CBD Oil for different diseases, pain, and inflammation for the last two decades. According to research studies, CBD oil might be helpful in sleep relief, it means it can treat insomnia and increasing the duration of sleep. But our topic is different. We are here to know the benefits of CBD Oil for Narcolepsy. Hearing that, a question will immediately pop into your mind: “Can CBD help in the treatment of Narcolepsy and for falling asleep?” Well, the answer is yes! You can use CBD Oil if you are suffering from Narcolepsy. Now, we will discuss different mechanisms through which CBD oil can be beneficial in Narcolepsy.
ü CBD Oil Interact with Endocannabinoid System and help the body in Narcolepsy:
The human body has a well-organized Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is responsible for many important functions, such as memory, sleep, emotions, pain, and inflammation. The Endocannabinoid system has different receptors for controlling these functions. These receptors are divided into two Categories, CB1 receptors, and CB2 receptors. CBD Oil reacts with these receptors and affects the body’s sleep/wake cycle. If you take CBD oil before going to bed, it will relieve your anxiety, depression, and stress and if you will take in day time, it will fall you asleep.
ü CBD Oil helps in treating different symptoms of Narcolepsy:
Muscle fatigue, anxiety, and stress are the three major symptoms of Narcolepsy. CBD Oil might be very helpful in treating these symptoms. In case of muscle fatigue, CBD Oil reacts with Endocannabinoid system receptors and stops the pain and fatigue perception by CNS (Central Nervous System). CBD Oil also controls mood swings by interacting with the Endocannabinoid receptors. CBD Oil also reacts with the receptors present in the CNS system. As the result of this interaction, CBD Oil controls the sudden emotions and seeping attacks in Narcolepsy.
ü CBD Oil for Narcolepsy: In research perspective:
Unfortunately, there is very little information about the use of CBD Oil in Narcolepsy. There are no such evidences of the effectiveness of CBD Oil in Narcolepsy. But some independent research studies have reported that there is a certain relationship between CBD Oil and Sleep.
An independent research published back in 2017 reported that a medium or high dose of CBD Oil can increase the percentage of total sleep at night. It means that you can have sound and deep sleep during the night and stay asleep in the day time by using CBD Oil.
Another research study which was done on neurological disorders reported that CBD Oil has the potential to block the sleepiness in rats. This research can be taken as mild evidence that CBD Oil might prevent sleepiness in narcolepsy. But this research was done on rats so we cannot take it as a piece of conclusive evidence,
Valuable research was published back in 2014. The main objective of this research was to find CBD Oil effect as a wake-promoting agent. The results of this research were not so much courageous, but they are enough to establish the link between CBD Oil and sleep regulation.
Right dose of CBD Oil for Narcolepsy
The effect of CBD Oil is different in different bodies, so you cannot set a right or wrong dose. CBD Oil is completely non-psychoactive and non-toxic, so there is no fear of overdosing. But there is no medical evidence of using CBD Oil for Narcolepsy. If you want to take CBD Oil as a treatment for Narcolepsy, you should consult with your doctor before taking it. You should start with a low dose so you can investigate and check the effects of CBD Oil on your body system.
Conclusion: Final Thoughts
From the above discussion, you can conclude that CBD oil might be helpful in Narcolepsy. But in our opinion, it is very hard to talk about that because there are no scientific evidences related to that topic. Still, if you want to use CBD Oil, you can consult with your doctor.
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