Cannabinoids for Sleep
We live in a society where anxiety, stress, and exhaustion are considered normal side effects of life. With so many of us operating at our limit while running on empty, it’s no surprise why 50-70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders or intermittent sleep problems. Roughly 30 percent of us will experience insomnia at some point in our lives, so when it comes to sleep, Americans can use all the help we can get.
More people have been turning to cannabis and related products to help achieve a successful night of rest. If you’ve heard about this natural remedy and want to know whether it’s worth a try, here’s what you need to know about cannabis and sleep.
How Cannabinoids Can Help You Sleep
The research on how and which cannabinoids help improve your sleep is minimal, so there is no definitive answer as to whether one particular cannabis product will help you more than another.
In many cases, cannabis is attributed to better sleep because of its help with relief of chronic symptoms like pain, inflammation, and nausea. When you’re able to take something that reduces these symptoms, it’s no surprise that your rest levels will improve.
As mentioned in our post on the endocannabinoid system and the entourage effect, each person’s internal systems will take to cannabis differently. Something that knocks you out for a full 8 hours might make someone else restless, and vice versa. Because of this, it’s important to be your own advocate and read as much information as possible so you can make the most informed decisions for your health. To help you get started on your journey to good sleep, here are the most common cannabinoids attributed to better sleep and what science knows about their link thus far.
THC for Sleep
Most of the data on cannabis and sleep suggests that THC has the most significant effect, especially on how quickly you fall asleep. If you don’t already know, THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that’s responsible for the high you get when you smoke. If you’re a cannabis consumer, you’ve probably experienced the sedative effects of a strong indica strain that locks you to the couch in a state of bliss (or frustration if you’re trying to get up and go to bed).
However, just because THC can help you fall asleep more quickly doesn’t mean there are no drawbacks. Some studies have shown that long-term cannabis use can lead to lower quality sleep and even insomnia, so while that nightly bong rip might do you wonders in the beginning, it might lose its effects if you make it a long-term habit.
CBD for Sleep
CBD (cannabidiol) is the most popular non-intoxicating cannabinoid. Small studies have shown CBD to reduce insomnia and increase overall sleep amounts, and 10% of people surveyed by Consumer Reports reported using CBD as a sleep aid.
CBD has far-reaching effects on the body due to its ability to delay breakdown and boost the effects of CB2 receptors, which travel throughout your nervous system to target out-of-balance areas that are showing signs of stress. Although more studies would be helpful on exactly how CBD affects sleep quality, there is overwhelming evidence demonstrating its ability to reduce symptoms that can make sleep difficult, like pain, inflammation, and anxiety. If you’ve ever been kept up at night by one of those symptoms, you know exactly how much it can affect your sleep quality.
Highline Wellness CBD drops contain between 250 and 750mg of broad spectrum CBD per bottle, so you can start with a small dose and work your way up until finding the perfect nightcap. Our drops can be used in the morning or evening, depending on your lifestyle and how it affects your system. Customers have described Highline Wellness CBD Drops as a comforting blanket that eases tension, washes away stress and anxiety, and effortlessly welcomes a better night of sleep. Consider it a whole-body wellness approach to high-quality sleep.
CBN (cannabinol) is another cannabinoid commonly attributed to sleep. As THC begins to degrade it turns into CBN, a cannabinoid that many have considered a viable treatment for insomnia. This cannabinoid is the reason why some people say old weed will get you less stoned but make you more tired: less THC, more CBN.
According to Steep Hill Labs, more research needs to be done to verify whether CBN actually does help with sleep as much as everyone thinks, or if it’s more beneficial as part of the entourage effect.
Starting With CBD
Whether you’re someone who smokes every night before bed or has never touched a cannabis product in your life, you’re here because you want to sleep better. We recommend adding a dose of our broad spectrum drops to your nightly routine and monitoring how you sleep in the coming weeks, as well as how alert and focused you feel throughout the day. After 30 days, you’ll have a good idea of what it’s doing for you and how much you need.
We’re always here to help and answer any questions about our product, so don’t be afraid to reach out before making your purchase. Here’s to a better night of sleep!
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