If you suffer from insomnia, PTSD, or other rest-inhibiting disorders, it's likely that someone you know has recommended you try CBD oil to help you sleep. But not all CBD products are alike.
The selection of CBD products today can be overwhelming, especially for the people who don't have much experience with them.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a substance extracted from Cannabis Sativa or marijuana. This is the part that throws a lot of people off CBDs. They automatically connect CBD to drugs.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main chemical components (or cannabinoids) found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Unlike THC (another cannabinoid), CBD is not psychoactive. Meaning, it won't get you high or alter your perception and it can be harvested for agricultural purposes via the hemp plant.
Marijuana contains some 400 active substances. The best-known one is THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the part that gets you high when smoking marijuana. CBD and THC have a lot in common, with one notable and key difference. Cannabidiol doesn't have any psychoactive properties. On its own, it won't get you high. That being said, some producers leave a small percentage of THC in their CBD oil. In order to be completely legal, even in states where marijuana isn't legal, many producers extract CBD from hemp.
Benefits of CBD
CBD has many proven abilities that can help a wide variety of health issues. All of them are researched and confirmed by scientific studies. CBD works by affecting the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS regulates several important body functions, like sleep, immune system response, pain, and appetite. As the stigma of marijuana slowly fades away, we can expect to see CBD regularly prescribed by doctors to their patients on a daily basis. Here are some of them.
One of the first documented uses of marijuana in medicine dates back to 2900 BC. Ancient healers gave it to patients to relieve their pain. Modern studies have shown that CBD can affect ECS to relieve chronic pain caused by multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Sativex is the name of an oral spray that contains both CBD and THC and has been approved in several countries. A study performed on MS patients proved that Sativex helped them with not only pain but also improved their muscle spasms and walking.
Help with Cancer-Related Symptoms
A study performed on patients experienced cancer-related pains that traditional pain medication failed to relieve, showed that CBD can help them reduce it. According to it, this effect was achieved only by CBD, as the control group was receiving THC and didn't experience any benefits. CBD also helped with the side effects of chemotherapy, like nausea and vomiting. There are also studies done on animals that demonstrated CBD's effects on cancer cells, killing them or reducing their spread. These effects still haven't been confirmed in human tests, though.
Redosing Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are among the leading causes of disability in the modern world. Modern pharmacology treats both with medications that have many unwanted side effects, including agitation, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, and drowsiness. Many of them, like benzodiazepines, are also addictive, creating more problems than they solve. CBD can offer help with both depression and anxiety without any side effects. A study in Brazil showed that 300 mg of CBD can significantly reduce anxiety during testing. It was also successfully used in treating anxiety and insomnia in children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Studies on effects on depression are lagging, but so far, several have been performed on animals and antidepressant properties of CBD have definitely been proven.
How Does CBD Help You Sleep?
Its effects, according to the British Pharmacological Society Journals, can help relieve a wide range of symptoms including those associated with mood disorders, chronic pain, anxiety, seizures, and insomnia. However, since most CBD products are listed as supplements or all-natural sleep aids (versus medications), both the products themselves and their effects have not been regulated or substantiated by the FDA.
CBD belongs to a group of cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana plants. This is important because it makes CBD one of many chemical compounds that interact with our endocannabinoid systems, triggering one of two receptors: CB1 or CB2. Since our focus is on CBD (and not CBG, CBA, CBN, etc.), I'm only going to focus on the affected antenna–our Cannabinoid Type 1 (CB1) receptor.
Usually, assumptions are the wrong move but in this case, it's alright because studies have actually linked the activation of CB1 receptors to both "short-term and long-term changes in the efficacy of synaptic transmission." In plain English, this means that trials have shown triggering CB1 receptors proves to be an effective treatment for both short-term and long-term changes in behavioral patterns caused by internal factors (psychological disorders, metabolism issues, you get the idea).
The National Sleep Foundation reports that among the many factors that can contribute to restlessness and insomnia, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain are among the most common causes. I could let you connect the dots, but for accuracy's sake, these are great examples of "internal behavioral patterns" that have the potential to be corrected by consistent CBD use (researchers suggest taking CBD at least one hour before bed so it has time to take effect). User trials have also suggested that unlike other sleep aids and pain medication, taking the correct dosage of CBD won't leave you in a haze the next morning.
(Disclaimer: it's important for you to speak with your doctor before consuming any CBD products, as CBD is known to interfere with certain medications and if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding the FDA advises against the use of any hemp or marijuana products).
What's the Correct CBD Oil Dosage for Sleep?
Like most things in life, this can vary person-to-person depending on a variety of factors (weight, tolerance level, how you're consuming the CBD, the specific benefits you are seeking, etc.). However, most reputable CBD companies will provide you with a recommended dosage. And like weed edibles, the effects of consuming CBD edibles aren't immediate so it's suggested that you wait at least six hours before re-dosing (or upping your dose). Otherwise, you may feel the effects of both doses at once or feel groggy upon waking up.
Available online and at participating retailers, Medterra CBD is one of the most well-known and trusted brands in the space. All Medterra products are third-party lab tested and so high in quality, Medterra actually works in partnership with the Hemp Pilot Research Program.
Medterra offers all sorts of CBD products, including broad-spectrum and CBD products for pets. For those looking to order online, the site offers free shipping on orders $99+ and 15% off for those who choose the subscription option.
Best product for promoting sleep: CBD + Melatonin capsules
Medterra's Dissolvable Sleep Tablets combine our 25mg of our quality CBD with 10mg of melatonin, to help you enjoy a restful night's sleep. To enjoy, simply place the spearmint-flavored tablet under your tongue, and let it dissolve. Each tablet is conveniently scored to allow for half-size servings, for those sensitive to melatonin.
Tablets per bottle: 30
Each Tablet: 25mg CBD + 10mg of Melatonin per capsule
Cannabidiol (CBD), Melatonin, D-Mannitol, Crospovidone, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Xylitol, Spearmint, Avocado Oil Powder, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide.
Grown and extracted in the USA, quality CBD is fully compliant under the Kentucky Department of Agricultural Industrial Hemp Pilot Program and we are certified by the U.S. Hemp Authority. Medterra's CBD products are third-party tested, completely legal, contain 0% THC and we are able to ship them to all 50 states and internationally.
They stand by their 30-day money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied with their product.
JustCBD is another great online CBD retailer. JustCBD offers more of a variety than Medterra, so if you want to try CBD in all of its forms this is definitely the place to go. The company also does third-party lab tests for all its products, blogs recipe ideas, and regularly runs sales. Online customers can take advantage of free shipping and score 20% off their first order!
Best product for promoting sleep: JustCBD Gummies
Each gummy has 99.99% CBD hemp isolate which is grown and manufactured in the USA.
Types of CBD Edibles:
- Clear Bear- Our CBD gummy bears offer fun colors with bold flavors.
- Sugar Bear- These sour CBD bears might look harmless but these bears have a bite! With a sugar coating that quickly changes to an explosive sour tang in your mouth.
- Worms- Our CBD gummy worms are mid-size worms that offer big bodacious flavors.
- Sour Worms- Unlike other sweets, these tiny worms have an explosive sour tangy taste and a captivating two-toned color design!
- Apple Rings- Don't be fooled by these potent CBD apple rings which have the classic taste of the ultimate green apple.
- Peach Rings- If peach is more your flavor. Try our CBD peach rings take a bite of these perfectly peachy CBD rings.
- Happy Face or Emoji Face- Our CBD happy face emoji gummies are a perfect way to express yourself.
3) Extract Labs
The madmen behind Extract Labs' are actually a key reason this stuff works so well. Instead of formulating with heat (like traditional processes call for), the developers whip all their simple and natural ingredients together. By doing so, Extract Labs’ products are able to retain more of the helpful and highly sought-after compounds the hemp plant is known for.
SLEEP CBD BATH BOMB: Deep rest & rejuvenation
100mg Extract Labs CBD isolate
Blend of 14 relaxing + sedating essential oils
Olive Flower Essence for mental + physical exhaustion
Sprinkled with blue cornflower
Topped with a dreamy blue-green aquamarine
Witch hazel infused with a sedating blend of California Poppy, Passionflower + Skullcap
Ingredients: baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, non-GMO cornstarch, cream of tartar, herbal infused witch hazel, fractionated coconut oil, Extract Lab's cannabidiol isolate, blend of essential oils, herbs, gemstone, flower essence, and love!
GRANDDADDY PURP CBD SHATTER
Introduced in 2003, GDP is a famous Indica strain that crosses Purple Urkle and Big Bud. This California staple inherits a complex grape and berry aroma from its Purple Urkle parent, while Big Bud passes on its earthy potency. A great choice for a relaxing evening, this is the classic "in-da-couch" strain.
Ingredients: CO2-Extracted CBD Isolate, Plant-derived Terpenes.
- 99% CBD / 1000mg CBD /g
- Terpene infused / C02-extracted
- THC free
- American hemp
G-RILLA CBD SHATTER
G-Rilla is a potent hybrid strain with an earthy pine flavor. Derived from parent strains, Chem's Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. Known for its heavy-handed dose of relaxation, leaving you feeling "glued" to the couch.
Ingredients: CO2-Extracted CBD Isolate, Plant-derived Terpenes.
- 99% CBD / 1000mg CBD/g
- Terpene infused / C02-extracted
- THC free
- American hemp
4) Select CBD
Select CBD is my go-to for CBD tincture because it's one of the few brands that not only nailed the flavor but the consistency of the drops, too! Which is a big deal for anyone who's tried tincture before, as you probably know just how hard it can be to find a product that won't make you gag?
Select CBD is not for sale online and can only be purchased at participating retailers, so yeah, you'll have to leave your house to get your hands on it, but it's well worth the extra effort!
Best product for promoting sleep: Lavender or Peppermint CBD Tincture drops or Rest CBD Gel Capsules
Select CBD Drops
Experience award-winning hemp-derived CBD oil, blended with essential oils and herbs, without vaping or smoking. Available in Lemon-Ginger, Peppermint, Lavender, and Unflavored and in high potency 1000mg, 2000mg, and 5000mg (availability varies by state).
Select CBD Gelcaps
Our pure hemp CBD extract is blended with different essential herbs to create four specifically formulated gel caps so you can choose the effect best for you. Available in Balance, Recover, Boost, and Rest.
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