The promise of a good night’s sleep can seem like just a dream to some. According to the CDC, about 70 million Americans struggle with a sleep disorder. I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and I can tell you that a night of actual good sleep is priceless.
Some sleep disorders are more obvious than others. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, you may be able to predict what the following day may look like. However, sleep apnea and other types of disorders look a bit different. I never know how I slept until about 10am.
The symptoms, though, are similar across the array of sleep disorders. From brain fog and headaches, to daytime fatigue and memory loss - not sleeping (or not sleeping in the way you need to) can impact your everyday life.
In order to understand how CBD and Delta 8 can help you get a better night’s sleep, you need to know that we all have an ECS (endocannabinoid system). This system helps to regulate our bodies and keep them in a state of homeostasis or stability. The ECS helps to regulate a variety of body functions and one of them is sleep. Studies show that CBD prevents endocannabinoids from breaking down and binds to receptors in our ECS. It’s important to remember that CBD is non-psychoactive and won’t get you “high” in the traditional sense. It will help you to feel relaxed and to give your body what it needs to achieve a more restful sleep. There are a variety of ways to take CBD for sleep issues. Delta 8 works a bit differently, as it’s a type of THC. It’s the THC most associated with a “body high.” I have found that some clients love Delta 8 products for getting a better night sleep.
Enter CBD and Delta 8.
This is the fastest way to feel the effects of CBD. You can puff on any of these right before bed or when you need to relax. If smoking interests you, look for an Indica strain CBD pre-roll. Pre-rolls can be smoked a little at a time and tend to hit fast and strong. If vaping is more your thing, look for a vape cartridge that contains CBN (very effective for sleep and sedation) or that is Indica based.
The next quickest way to get that CBD into your system is through oil. When you take a CBD oil/tincture, you need to put the dose directly under your tongue and let it sit for 30-60 seconds. By doing this, the properties of the oil are able to go directly into your bloodstream via the sublingual artery. This means that oils work fast. Also, I find that oils last longer because you are swallowing and digesting it, too. Take CBD oils about 20-30 minutes before bed. Look for CBD oils that have some THC in them. Again, look for added CBN and/or Indica strains. Delta 8 oils can take a bit longer to work, but can be effective. Delta 8 oil with added CBN is specifically tailored to help with sleep.
Gummies tend to be the most popular method for getting CBD into your body. They are like a little treat with many added health benefits! Eating your CBD takes the longest to work, as you need to digest it, however, it can work for a long time. For sleep, you want to look for Full-Spectrum CBD and added components such as CBG, CBN or Melatonin. Take CBD gummies about 30-45 minutes before you want to go to sleep. Delta 8 gummies have become increasingly popular. Gummies or edibles that mix Delta 8 with CBN can be quite effective for sleeping. Also, look for Delta 8 gummies that are Indica strains. It’s important to remember that Delta 8 gummies take up to an hour to work, so be sure to take them ahead of your bedtime. Other edibles like CBD chocolates that contain CBN are available, too! Sweet treats before bedtime could mean sweet dreams.
If this seems overwhelming, reach out to me with any of your questions.
Happy sleeping! Zzz