Sleep is a crucial process of our bodies that help us regulate metabolism, blood pressure, helps us store memory, build immunity, control appetite and repair tissue. Sleep affects your overall health and wellness and lets be honest, if you are reading this, chances are you aren't getting a good night rest and that's where CBD could help.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, most commonly known as CBD, is a compound found in hemp and cannabis, that is 100% non-intoxicating and will not produce a sensation of feeling "high". CBD is available in many forms, from oils, to capsules and even edibles and has been shown to be an effective way to reduce stress, joint pain, inflammation and improve quality of sleep.
How Does CBD Work?
Over the past few decades, researchers have made a lot of progress in understanding how CBD produces its calming, pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory effects. We know that CBD interacts with our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that consists of receptors and other chemicals in the brain and throughout the body. The ECS is known to regulate many bodily functions, such as sleep, mood, pain perception, immunity more. We also know that CBD stimulates other receptors outside of the ECS, such as Serotonin (helps to regulate mood) and Vanilloid (regulates body temperature, pain perception). This is how CBD works in the body.
How we fall asleep, stay asleep, wake up, and remain awake is part of an internal biological process known as our circadian rhythm, which in is regulated by our Endocannabinoid System. Circadian rhythms controls a diverse array of actions in the body, including hormone production, heart rate, metabolism, and when to go to sleep and wake up. It’s as if we have an internal timer or clock that keeps track of our need for sleep, guides the body to sleep and then influences the intensity of sleep. This biological process is affected by external factors such as travel, medication, late night eating, environment, stress, pain, anxiety and more.
By supplementing with CBD we help to keep our Endocannabinoid System in balance, paving the way for our circadian rhythm to encourage optimal sleep patterns.
How to use CBD for sleep
CBD can be taken in a variety of ways to help with sleep issues. CBD oil can be dropped and held under the tongue to dissolve through the glands in our gums (sublingually). Taking CBD oil sublingually allows for quicker absorption in the bloodstream and can take 15-30 minutes to take effect, so taking it right before bed or as you’re getting ready to hit the hay will allow it to work it’s way into your system by the time you lay to rest.
Alternatively, CBD can also be ingested using CBD Capsules or CBD gummies, however this method can take longer for the CBD to pass through the digestive system and metabolize into the bloodstream ( roughly 45 minutes - 2 hours). While both methods will provide your body the CBD it needs for a restful sleep, consider your routine and schedule to determine which method of consumption if best for you.
Which CBD product is best for sleep?
CBD is considered "biphasic", which means you can experience different effects depending on the amount of CBD taken. When you take CBD in small doses it can have a more wakeful effect - the opposite of sleep, but taking a higher amount of CBD can be very beneficial for sleep issues. It is best to start with a moderate dosage of 20-30mg for sleep issues. If trying CBD for the first time, it is best to gradually increase your dosage in increments to find your sweet spot, as everyone's body and needs are different.
If you are looking to try a CBD oil, choose a 750mg oil (25mg per ml) or 1000mg oil (33mg per ml). Take 0.75ml - 1ml of oil 30 minutes before bedtime.
If you would like to try a CBD edible, such as gummies or capsules, choose one that has 20-30mg CBD per capsule / gummy.
Take 1-2 gummies or capsules depending on your size, and experience with CBD.
Gummies and capsules work through the digestive system and can take 45 mins to 2 hrs to take effect. Because of this, you should take your dose 45 minutes -2 hours before bed to have a slumber sleep without waking up groggy.
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Disclaimer: this info and products are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any ailment. Consult your doctor before starting a new supplement.