A couple of occasional bad nights sleep happen to nearly all of us, usually triggered by stress or other external factors. Chronic insomnia — regularly having three or more restless nights per week over the course of the month — is unfortunately also common and affects a billion people worldwide.
Chronic insomnia can be caused by mental health disorders such as anxiety, PTSD, and depression, physical conditions such as chronic pain, or by external environmental factors. Interestingly, insomnia affects women at twice the rate as men and unfortunately does not improve with age. Half of all seniors are regularly affected by insomnia. Beyond feeling sleepy and irritable the next day, chronic insomnia is also associated with some serious long-term health issues including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. CBD and THC can help treat various root causes to reduce chronic insomnia and lead to more consistent restful sleep.
The top causes of insomnia are stress and anxiety, and anything you can do to reduce stress will also help you sleep better. Making lifestyle changes like getting more exercise and eating better can help, but for some that’s not enough. Prescription medications are often taken for insomnia, unfortunately however, they can come with serious adverse side effects and can also be addictive. Thankfully cannabis edibles are a natural and effective alternative. Research published in 2019 looked at whether CBD could improve sleep and reduce anxiety. Test subjects were each given 25 milligrams (mg) of CBD in capsule form each day. In the first month, 79.2 percent of the patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported better sleep. Integrating CBD into your daily wellness routine or taking it before bed can help ease stress and anxiety thus allowing for more restful sleep. Try taking RELIEVE+ Healing Oil in the morning to help reduce stress and anxiety throughout your day, or mix a dropperful into a cup of tea as part of your evening routine before bed. CBD can also be taken in Pastille, Gummy or Pill form in our RELIEVE line of edibles.
Chronic or occasional pain which may also be a root cause of sleep problems can be helped with CBD & THC as well. Anti-inflammatory properties combined with stress relief can reduce physical pain allowing the body to relax and finally drift off to sleep. Our RELAX line of edibles produce a calming sensation, reducing anxiety, stress and physical pain, and are available in varying doses including micro-dosed Pastilles, Gummies, and Pills. The appropriate dose for you will depend on the severity of your pain and your tolerance for THC. RECOVERY Mending Oil is a blend of full spectrum CBD and CBG cannabinoid oil bolstered by the natural healing properties of THC. RECOVERY Oil taken sublingually (under the tongue) can aid your body in mending from surgery, treatments, and sport ailments, and can reduce pain and inflammation to help you relax and fall asleep.
The key to success with cannabis edibles is finding the right product and dose for you. Everyone’s body responds to CBD & THC differently, so it may take some trial-and-error to find the perfect fit. Generally indica derived products are better sleep aids. RELAX and HARMONY lines are both derived from high quality indica strains, and incorporate both CBD and THC which have a calming and relaxing effect. If you’re looking to avoid THC and prefer CBD dominant edibles our RELIEVE line is a great place to start. Lifestyle choices can make a difference, but when you have insomnia and need something more, cannabis edibles can help get you on the right path to better more consistent sleep.