Statistics confirm a national trend you may be far too familiar with, nearly 40 percent of us don’t get enough sleep. That translates to an alarming number of people trying to make it through the day feeling tired, irritable, stressed, or unfocused. At least 45 percent admit that poor sleep has impacted their life at least once in the past 7 days.1
If you’re losing hours of sleep each week tossing and turning, or wake frequently throughout the night, you might naturally wonder if the potential side effects of some of the more commonly recommended sleep medications might be worth the risk. While only you can decide if a pharmaceutical approach is your best option, you might also want to consider investigating the sleep-promoting potential of a natural product you might not have considered, CBD.
Based on the results of an internal consumer survey of 2000 respondents, 9 out of 10 CBD users sleep better with CBD. Eighty-nine percent report that CBD helps calm their mind, 84% tell us they feel less discomfort after physical activity and most reported benefits within 7-14 days of consistent use.
What is CBD & How Does It Work?
CBD (cannabidiol) is an active element produced by cannabis plants classified as a cannabinoid. Although marijuana is a potential source, most of the CBD products sold in retail stores, specialty shops, and online merchants are made with industrial hemp extract. Once crops are harvested, the cannabinoid-rich extracts are used to create a wide range of health and wellness products, tinctures, capsules, topicals, skincare products, and more.
While it may seem like CBD is a relatively new discovery, researchers have been investigating the therapeutic potential of cannabidiol for decades. It turns out that our bodies are quite willing and able to utilize this intriguing plant element.
Current research shows that CBD mimics the effects of similar substances produced as needed in your body to relay urgent signals to its largest regulatory system, your endocannabinoid system (ECS). That’s the system of chemical messengers and their corresponding receptors that help regulate nearly every essential process in your body, from your moods, emotions, and sleep cycles, to organ and muscle function. The communication between ECS messengers and receptors helps restore equilibrium when internal and external factors threaten to disrupt the essential balance.
That interaction with your body’s “universal regulatory system” explains the cannabinoid’s impressive list of potential health and wellness benefits. Based on data collected from our internal customer survey, people are using CBD to feel more relaxed, to reduce stiffness, discomfort, or inflammation after physical activity*, and for better sleep.
Is CBD Intoxicating or Addictive?
CBD is not the cannabinoid that causes the type of intoxication the plant species is known for. That distinction is reserved for an entirely different cannabinoid, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The intoxicating and potentially addictive effects of THC are produced when the cannabinoid binds with specific chemical receptors in the brain (CB1), like a key fitting a lock.
Although CBD and THC have the same chemical composition, their structure is different. CBD does not bind directly with CB1 receptors, so the cannabinoid is not intoxicating or addictive. So, unlike many sleep medications, you can stop using hemp-derived CBD products at any time without experiencing negative effects. But if you’re concerned about using a product with even non-intoxicating levels of THC for any reason, you still have options. Consider investing in broad-spectrum CBD oil or pure CBD isolate, hemp-derived products that contain 0% THC*.
Why Are So Many People Using CBD for Sleep?
While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for every sleep concern, today’s health-conscious consumers tend to gravitate towards natural health and wellness products for sleep, alternative therapies, herbal remedies, and natural supplements. Although most of the research supporting the favorable testimony of CBD enthusiasts is based on laboratory tests, animal studies, and a small number of clinical trials, evidence of CBD’s sleep-promoting potential is quite compelling.
Based on data collected from an internal CBDistillery customer survey of 2,000 respondents, 89% of CBD users report that CBD helps you get better sleep.
Does CBD Cause Side Effects?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems.” While hemp-derived CBD products are well-tolerated, non-intoxicating, and non-addictive, the organization has noted potential side effects, stating that most are the result of drug interactions.2 So, if you have a medical condition or use medication, you’ll want to talk to your healthcare provider about your interest in CBD before using hemp-derived products for sleep.
The most common CBD side effects are generally mild and can include drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, or gastrointestinal issues. While most CBD users responding to our internal customer survey (93%) have never experienced negative side effects, consider adjusting your serving size if you experience an unpleasant reaction.
Selecting the Best CBD Products for Restful Sleep
Whether you’re struggling with occasional sleep difficulties or stuck in a pattern of getting far less sleep than your body needs, consider investing in the sleep-promoting potential of CBD. Based on the results of animal testing, lab results, and the feedback of our 2000 survey respondents, the sleep-promoting potential of CBD could be your best better sleep option.
You have many product types to choose from, versatile CBD tinctures that can be used directly from the bottle or added to your favorite late-night snack, convenient, no-fuss capsules, delicious fruit-flavored gummies, and more. When you shop with CBDistillery, you also have the option of two CBD products specifically formulated for restful sleep.
CBDistillery Broad Spectrum CBD Sleep Gummies deliver 30mg of CBD and just enough melatonin to help you fall asleep naturally and get the rest you deserve. Our CBN + CBD Oil Sleep Tincture combines the natural sleep-promoting potential of full-spectrum CBD oil with CBN (cannabinol), a non-intoxicating cannabinoid selected for its contributions for improved sleep, relief, and relaxation.
To learn more about the health and wellness potential of CBD and how you might benefit, visit CBDistillery to download The Ultimate CBD User Guide. While you’re there, consider browsing our selection of high-quality, fairly priced hemp-derived products. All CBDistillery products are US Hemp Authority certified and third-party tested for purity and potency.
*Third-party tested to ensure non-detectable levels of THC (less than .01%)
*Based on December 2019 CBDistillery customer survey.
- Start Sleeping. Ryan Fiorenzi (2020 July 16) Sleep Statistics: Sleep Needs, Deprivation & Disorder Statistic You Should Know.
- World Health Organization. (2018 June) Cannabidiol (CBD) Critical Review Report.
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