Do you go straight for that espresso machine, jolting yourself awake in the morning wondering why you’re so tired? Are the traditional sleep-aids not cutting it for you? Many adults seek a more natural approach to their sleep cycles, exploring CBD & THC for sleep.
The Importance of Sleep
Sleep is such an important part of our overall health. So many of us suffer from a variety of sleep issues resulting in a lack of quality sleep. In fact, about 70 million U.S. adults suffer from chronic sleep issues. Sleep affects overall health from your mood all the way to the nervous system. There are plenty of factors that could play into this lack of sleep resulting in a groggy, sluggish, unproductive feeling for the day. REM sleep plays an important role in healthy brain development, emotional processing, dreaming, and memory. Interrupting the REM cycle disrupts our brain’s ability to generate new cells and begins a decline in cognitive performance. Forgetfulness, fogginess, difficulty concentrating, and sluggishness begin to overtake our day. Over time, this could cause a host of disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and RBD.
While certain medications prescribed by doctors help aid in sleep, some have unwanted side effects. Have you ever wondered if there’s a more natural approach to taking something for sleep? Well, it turns out that the endocannabinoid system might hold some answers. This intricate network of receptors and neurotransmitters plays a crucial role in regulating various physiological processes, including sleep. Understanding how the endocannabinoid system interacts with our bodies could provide valuable insights into potential natural remedies for sleep-related issues. Exploring the fascinating connection between this system and sleep patterns may open new avenues for holistic approaches to enhancing our sleep quality and overall well-being.
Understanding the Endocannabinoid System
Think of the ESC like the body’s supercomputer. The ECS is a complex biological system found in the body, maintaining internal homeostasis. It consists of endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. Endocannabinoids, natural cannabinoids produced by the body, bind to receptors located throughout the body and brain. They influence processes like mood, appetite, pain, and immune function. Enzymes break down endocannabinoids after they’ve served their purpose. When those endocannabinoids become depleted, it is found that phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant like CBN, CBD and THC fit like a lock and key into our existing human receptors.
CBD & THC as a Sleep Aid
CBD, or cannabidiol, has gained attention to promote sleep and relaxation. While CBD studies are still ongoing, some studies suggest that CBD has a positive effect on sleep disorders, such as insomnia. According to experts, the hypothalamus, a small region in the brain, contains abundant cannabinoid receptors and plays a crucial role in regulating our sleep-wake cycle known as the circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythms are 24-hour cycles that, among other functions, help our bodies fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning. Research suggests the ECS factors into that cycle, indicating that it is necessary to maintain a healthy sleep pattern. Yes, CBD has many soothing properties that make it an excellent nighttime supplement. Research suggests CBD that it can promote relaxation and reduce issues that keep you awake. Many of our customers lean towards CBD if they have trouble falling asleep.
Many studies suggest that THC may help improve sleep. Additionally, research also indicates that it can help you stay asleep by alleviating problems that keep you tossing and turning. For this reason, our customers who need have trouble staying asleep generally gravitate more towards our THC products.
But what about those individuals that struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep? Many will tout the benefits of CBD & THC together due to the entourage effect where they can work synergistically together. These customers are usually drawn towards products that have a 1:1 ratio of CBD & THC together to get the best of both worlds.
What’s Best for Me?
There are certainly a plethora of options to choose that will aid in better sleep function. The first decision to make is if you are looking to try CBD, THC, or a combination of both, which we covered above. The next decision to make is what mode of administration will work well to add to your sleep routine. The Remedy carries an array of CBD and THC products such as tinctures, vapes, or gummies to help improve their sleep quality. The choice depends on personal preference and specific needs.
Tinctures, or oils, offer fast absorption under the tongue, absorbing sublingually. One main benefit of this mode of administration is that the user is avoiding the digestive system which breaks down cannabinoids and decreases the bioavailability. Another other benefit is that because it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, the user to generally feel the effects within 10-20 minutes. These effects can last anywhere from 3-8 hours. These oils generally come with measured drops which provide precise dosing flexibility.
Edibles are another options provide a convenient way to consume CBD & THC. Gummies, specifically, can be easily dose adjusted by cutting them in to halves or quarters. The onset of effects is generally around 60 minutes, but could be as little as 30 minutes or as long as 2 hours, depending on the user. These effects last around 4-8 hours, however, depending on the person and the dosage, these effects may last as long as 12 hours. For THC products specifically, The Remedy always recommends starting with a low dose, waiting, and working your way up as needed to find your proper dose.
Inhalation by vaping or smoking is also another option for users looking to add CBD or THC to their night time routine. The effects of this type of administration can be felt in 1-5 minutes, making it the fastest onset of the different options. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that they will also have the shortest duration of effects. Meaning, if you have trouble falling asleep, it might be a great option for your, but if you struggle to stay asleep, you may want to go with another route.
The ECS plays a vital role in regulating various physiological functions and is an area of ongoing research. Plant-derived cannabinoids like CBD & THC interact with the ECS, potentially offering therapeutic benefits, but needs further investigation. However, it’s important to note that individual responses to these cannabinoids can vary. When considering adding either CBD or THC to your regimen, it’s always good to consult with your doctor first, especially if you currently take any other medications. Studies have shown some significant results with cannabis as a sleep aid.
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