Name a sleep aid and I can describe the specific type of hangover you are going to be left with. The morning after overdoing melatonin by even five milligrams, you can wake up to pressure in the temples and mental fog so thick that conversation is difficult. Post-Benadryl fatigue feels as if my body is begging me to get back in bed. If I use too much Tequila, it’s like I never woke up at all: I float around half-sentient, reanimating just in time for lunch.
Enter cannabidiol, or CBD, one of many chemical compounds produced by cannabis, and the latest darling of the wellness world.
CBD is all the rage right now, with a everyone thinking that they know more than the next person. It’s estimated that the market for CBD products will hit $22 billion in the next four years. Unlike another well-known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (better known as THC), CBD is non-psychoactive usually found in Hemp and delivered to the consumer below.3% in THC, meaning it won’t get you high. Many of us use it to calm down, and some of us take it to fall asleep.
I have been involved in the CBD craze since 2015, when a sample of hemp extract oil crossed my desk at work and I started experimenting with a dropperful or two in the evening. At that time we were working to find something natural for pain relief that worked quickly as a topical. We were fortunate to successfully launch Zro+ because of our persistence as the highest bioavailability providing the highest efficacy available that has no THC. The results of less pain are noticed within minutes after applying the product.
We then ventured into the world of a sublingual to reduce stress, anxiety and promote better sleep. We again were success creating Zro+ sublingual (aka Zio) which also has been proven to increase brain processing speed and focus via empirical data. You see, the key to all of this is getting the cannabinoids into the body systemically. When this happens, the calming effect is subtle, but noticeable, and causes many falling asleep more easily. The grape-flavored sublingual became part of the nighttime routine for many. Many of my CBD-taking friends say they also use the compound for better sleep, and that they found their way to CBD after other less than desirable sleep aid experiences like mine. Rachel, 25, says she is taking CBD every night with her psychiatrist’s support. “I’ve been on a million sleeping pills — pharmas made me super exhausted all the time, Ambien gave me crazy dreams, Remeron made me gain 20 pounds in a month,” she tells me. With Zio, “I’ve been sleeping through the night much more and it feels less like a drugged sleep…
“Life is better without pain and getting sleep really helps me perform better.”
Evidence in favor of CBD as a sleep aid is stronger on the anecdotal side than the clinical, but there’s a growing body of research to support CBD’s anti-anxiety effects. It’s thought that the compound acts on cannabinoid receptors in the brain that regulate anxiety-related behaviors as part of the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is involved in regulating a wide range of physiological and cognitive functions. The literature is much scarcer when it comes to sleep.
Not all CBD works for everyone, and appears to produce different effects in different people. Those who find it stimulating, for example, should take it in the morning rather than later in the day. So much has to do with the quality and bioavailability. “Start low and go slow” with dosing. Bissex recommends “full-spectrum” or “whole-plant” hemp extract, which contains CBD and a range of other cannabis compounds. Full-spectrum hemp extracts do contain trace amounts of THC, but typically not enough to trigger a positive result in urine or blood drug tests. (You’d have to consume massive quantities).
Bissex also stresses the importance of purchasing wisely. As more sellers jump on the CBD bandwagon, a confusing regulatory landscape, and the compound’s hazy legality mean it’s buyer beware when it comes to shopping for CBD, which may be inaccurately labeled or even contaminated.
Research indicates that CBD has a favorable safety profile, but more study of possible side effects and drug interactions is needed.
“We know that about 30 percent of people with insomnia actually have a great response to taking anything, but fortifying the endocannabinoid system is truly legit.
I’ve considered the role the placebo effect likely plays in my appreciation of CBD, and know that placebos can work even when patients know they’re taking one. However, Zro+ has actually tested the before and after effects with brain mapping with qEEG analytics which confirm outstanding results.
Pre-bed rituals are important. Remember, your brain gets tired too! I know I’m not alone. Do yourself a favor, shut it down. Many of us extend the productive hours of our days in both directions: reaching for our phones to check email first thing in the morning, ok, this will help you feel much more energetic in the am working until bedtime.
Whether part placebo or not, quality CBD provides a calming effect in minimal time, and that’s valuable to me. Still, while I don’t plan on overhauling my bedtime routine, I’m considering adding other steps to it, like initiating a cutoff time for checking my phone. It’s on my to-do list. Right after stocking up on more highly bioavailable cannabinoids.
Be happy, eat and exercise being reasonable and fortify your body with good clean natural unprocessed foods with limited toxins which cause inflammation which messes up your regulatory system. Stay natural, get proper sleep and stop worrying so much.