We all know the health benefits of a full night’s sleep are numerous. Yet, for many of us sleep is still an elusive dream.
Stress, diet and lifestyle issues play an integral role in our ability to get a good night’s sleep. Changes to our physiology as we age can impact our sleep patterns as well. Other issues may include a medical illness or the medications themselves.
How many times have we been told reduce our exposure to the blue light of electronics, sleep in a cool dark room or not eat right before bed. Regardless, sometimes we just need a little help getting to sleep. Luckily we can supplement with a number of sleep aids that we normally make right in our own body!
Every mammal, including humans, dogs, cats and even horses manufactures their own cannabinoids, anandamide and 2-AG
Sleep aid supplements can be taken individually or in combination depending on a person’s level of sleeplessness. Popular supplements used to help get a good night’s sleep include:
- HEMP CBD
- DELTA-8 THC
Hemp derived CBD (cannabidiol) comes in a variety of formats and delivery methods. In the simplest terms you can choose between Broad Spectrum (THC-free) and Full Spectrum (0.3% THC) CBD products. The key difference between the two formats is that Broad Spectrum products are THC-free and Full Spectrum products contain the small amount of THC that is legally allowed (0.3% THC by weight).
Note: If you are using a nanoemulsified liposome such as the Quicksilver Hemp Extract, try 1-4 pumps 30 minutes before bed.
Combine CBD hemp with other sleep aids such as CBN, GABA and/or melatonin as needed.
CBN or cannabinol is another non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. Although CBN has many of the same therapeutic properties as CBD, it is better known for its sedative properties. CBN may be most effective for inducing sleep in combination with other cannabinoids such as CBD and THC.
Slumber manufactures a full selection of CBN products. CBN can be taken alone as a tincture, capsule or gummy or combined with any of the other sleep aids. It is also available in combined products with other sleep aids such as the Slumber full spectrum CBD:CBN tincture or their CBD/CBN/Delta-8 THC tincture.
Protocol: Take 5-10 mg CBN 30 minutes before bed with your favorite CBD, delta-8 THC and/or other sleep aid such as melatonin, PharmaGABA or try it on its own. For Slumber combined products, follow the suggested use.
Combine CBN hemp with other sleep aids such as CBD or delta-8 THC, GABA and/or melatonin as needed.
When people think about THC, they are usually referring to the main component of marijuana, delta-9 THC. This is the same THC that is regulated by the Farm Bill in hemp-derived products. On the other hand, delta-8 THC is usually found in small amounts in the cannabis plant and can be synthesized from hemp derived CBD. Currently it remains largely unregulated, although a number of states have halted its production and sales.
Like its cannabis cousin, delta-8 THC can also be used to help with sleep. While delta-8 is less potent than delta-9 THC is still intoxicating and should therefore be used with caution and responsibly.
Protocol: Take 2.5-10 mg detla-8 THC 30 minutes before bed. Delta-8 THC can be taken alone or combined carefully with any of the other sleep aids.
Combine delta-8 THC with other sleep aids such as CBN, GABA and/or melatonin as needed.
Gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid produced naturally in the brain. It is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, helping to facilitate sleep, reduce mental and physical stress, lowers anxiety, and create a calmness of mood.
We can reestablish our own levels of GABA with a naturally produced version in supplement form called PharmaGABA. It is made naturally using a fermentation process. PharmaGABA is great to pair with other natural sleep aids to ease your body into deep sleep.
Quicksilver Scientific Lipocalm contains PharmaGABA as well as the sleep inducing botanicals Skullcap, Passion Flower and Blue Chamomile Flower. Quicksilver Scientific CBD Synergies-SP Sleep Formula also contains PharmaGABA and includes full spectrum CBD hemp extract and a small amount of melatonin.
Protocol: Try 1-4 pumps of Lipocalm 30 minutes before bed. Repeat as needed. Maybe taken alone or combined with other sleep aids such as CBD or THC delta-8 and/or melatonin.
Combine PharmaGABA in products such as Lipocalm with other sleep aids such as CBD or delta-8 THC, CBN and GABA as needed.
Melatonin is often referred to as the body’s sleep hormone. It’s produced in the brain as night falls increases with evening darkness, promoting healthy sleep and helping to synchronize our sleep-wake cycle.
Supplementation with melatonin can be helpful for people who are experiencing occasional sleep issues.
Melatonin can be taken as a stand alone product such as the Quicksilver Scientific Melatonin or in combined product like the Slumber CBN/Melatonin Gummies or Designs for Health – Insomnitol Capsules. It can be combined with any of the other sleep aids such as CBD or THC delta-8 and/or Lipocalm.
Protocol: Try 1-4 pumps of Quicksilver Scientific Melatonin 30 minutes before bed. Each pump contains 1 mg of melatonin.
Combine melatonin with other sleep aids such as CBD or delta-8 THC, CBN and GABA as needed.
There are many herbal remedies to help with sleepless. These include botanicals like passionflower, skullcap, chamomile, valerian and lemon balm just to name a few. Such botanicals are usually taken in some combination sometimes brewed as a tea or taken as a supplement.
Quicksilver Scientific Lipocalm contains PharmaGABA as well as the sleep inducing botanicals Skullcap, Passion Flower and Blue Chamomile Flower.
Protocol: Try 1-4 pumps of Lipocalm 30 minutes before bed. Repeat as needed.
Designs for Health Insomnitol capsules contain the botanicals valerian, passion flower, lemon balm and chamomile. Since it also incorporates GABA and melatonin, the only need maybe to combine it with your favorite CBD capsule.
Protocol: Take 2 capsules 60 minutes before bed.
There are a great number of commercially available herbal teas that help promote a restful night’s sleep. Our favorite is the a loose leaf bedtime tea created with the help of the herbalists at Rebecca’s Apothecary.
Protocol: Sip and enjoy a cup 30 minutes before bed.
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