Are you like thousands of others who can’t get to sleep at night? Are you asking yourself, “Why Can’t I sleep?”
Are you relying on pharmaceutical products which don’t really help you sleep, they end up helping you forget you are awake like Ambien or others?
Why not try a more natural and well-tested solution?
Cannabis offers many compounds, naturally, which help to relax the human body so you can sleep better and obtain better balance with your life.
Let’s make a quick review, shall we?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most commn compounds within the Cannabis plant (Hemp). It is not psychoactive. This means that it does not cause any “high” like a few other cannabinoids from the hemp or cannabis plant can provide.
Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (D9 THC or THC for short) is the other very common phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. This does introduce psychoactive components in larger doses. This means a dose over 10mg for the average person will make you feel “high”.
Other phytocannabinoids (meaning cannabinoids or cannabis type compounds from plants) include Cannabinol (CBN) and Cannabigerol (CBG).
CBN is commonly called the “sleeping cannabinoid” since it has been shown to introduce a more restful state it is now being used to help people sleep. CBN is also not as prevalent in the cannabis plant unless the plant is much older than typical for extraction of either THC or CBD for common use. This make the compound more expensive to extract and use.
CBG, on the other hand, is is a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant. It belongs to a group of chemicals called cannabinoids, which interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system. CBG is known for its potential therapeutic properties and is often considered the “mother cannabinoid” because it serves as a precursor to other cannabinoids like THC and CBD. While research on CBG is still ongoing, it shows promise in various areas such as inflammation, pain relief, and potentially even neurological conditions.
While there is a lack of specific studies focusing solely on CBG’s impact on sleep, some research on the broader effects of cannabinoids, including CBG, suggests potential sleep-related benefits. For example, studies on other cannabinoids like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) have examined their effects on sleep.
One study published in Frontiers in Pharmacology in 2013 investigated the effects of CBD on the sleep-wake cycle in rats. The study found that CBD increased wakefulness during the day and enhanced the duration of non-rapid eye movement sleep during the night. It is worth noting that CBG and CBD share some similarities in terms of their interaction with the endocannabinoid system.
These various cannabinoids, plus a few others with less input, contribute to building better sleep outcomes for most. However, there are some caveats to keep in mind.
First, CBD is becoming more common with restless Americans as it does, in fact, assist in lowering the common levels of discomfort from anxiety. It is very effective in doing this, typically enough for the average consumer to find that their “gerbil running in the wheel” at night is snoozing quicker than ever. This helps introduce much more natural sleep than you can obtain with the aid of a sleep aid such as Diphenhydramine (common sleep aid recommended by doctors that is still MUCH safer than Ambien or other Sedative-Hypnotic – GABA-Receptor Modulators. (Yes, that is a mouthful.)
While prescription drugs may have the apperance of working, they often have hidden direct effects on the human body which are detrimental to better health.
CBD, on the other hand, does not offer hypnotic or similar impacts on the human body; it helps reduce the overall feeling of anxiety (both apparent and hidden) to allow you to rest better. When this is coupled with one or more of the other phytocannabinoids, you’re far more likely to have a more natural sleep.
Cannabinoids such as THC create a strong urge to sleep and may be more beneficial to the body than the prescription drugs. However, there are precautions you must keep in mind.
Sleep inducing phytocannabinoids such as THC may create a dependency on them to achieve better sleep. Additionally, THC has the added negative of often becoming more resistant to the consumer unless they only use it from time to time, not as a routine.
An alternative to THC for sleep may be CBN. Since CBD helps introduce less discomfort from anxiety and CBN has been shown to promote even more relaxation, the combination of the two have been shown to work with more people.