About four years ago, to help her go to sleep at night, Jane Fonda would take a “microdose” of valium. “And I would always have to take a short nap in the middle of the workday during the lunch break because I would have a kind of hangover,” she told Forbes this month. Then, “One day, my very good, progressive doctor said, ‘I would like you to stop taking the sleeping pill, and I suggest that you move over to a CBD [product] that helps you sleep.’” Et voilà:
And boy, does it work for me. I mean, you have to want to go to sleep; you have to be already in bed… But then, I’m out and I have no hangover the next day.
While Fonda is well-known for her honest, principled, stand on issues, she also gives a good accounting of the evolution of cannabis science: “Then came along all the scientific approaches to cannabis. And it’s really amazing what’s happened, the way they’ve been able to segment out different parts of the weed. It’s very impressive.”
But she is also a spokesperson for Uncle Bud’s, a hemp and CBD company. Hence the question: Are her claims backed by science?
Recent literature reviews by both Healthline and Medical News Today offer strong support. For example, they report on studies that say CBD helps you sleep longer, either alone or in conjunction with an insomnia medication; and, decreases nighttime cortisol levels, the stress hormone responsible for waking you up throughout the night.
They also say CBD helps sleep indirectly through the reduction of chronic pain, inflammation, and anxiety. For instance, a 2019 study looked at whether CBD could improve sleep and reduce anxiety in 72 subjects. They were given 25 mgs of CBD in capsule form each day and in the first month 79% of the patients reported lower anxiety levels and 67% reported better sleep.
In fact, Fonda herself uses hemp-derived CBD to help relieve her back-and-shoulder pain caused by her arthritis.
Conclusion: “Hemp is a magical plant,” says this American icon.