In recent years, there has been a major influx in the discussion around how the cannabinoid system impacts sleep. But, before we discuss potential benefits of the cannabinoid system and a good night’s sleep, let’s have a quick discussion around why sleep is so important in the first place.
The CDC recommends adults get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. The reasons for this are numerous; better sleep increases the likelihood of everything from overall longevity to systemic and immune health, and decreases the likelihood of risk factors for cardiac disease and other ailments.
But what actually is “good” sleep? According to SleepFoundation.org, “sleep architecture follows a pattern of alternating REM (rapid eye movement) and NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep throughout a typical night in a cycle that repeats itself about every 90 minutes.” Furthermore, “sleep helps us thrive by contributing to a healthy immune system, and can also balance our appetites by helping to regulate levels of the hormones ghrelin and leptin, which play a role in our feelings of hunger and fullness. So when we’re sleep deprived, we may feel the need to eat more, which can lead to weight gain.”
Unfortunately, there are a multitude of factors that harbor our ability to get a good night’s rest; everything from the wrong temperature to changes in light can disturb your slumber. And, while some people will often lean on substances to help them get a good sleep (alcohol and over-the-counter medications chief amongst options), those same people report constant waking at night or trouble waking up and staying alert the next morning.
Using CBD and CBN oil for sleep is attractive for a multitude of reasons, chief among which is the natural, holistic solution these types of oils offer; their natural makeup mitigates the risk of the effects mentioned above. But what makes CBD and CBN different from a more granular, scientific perspective? Well, both CBD and CBN interact with the endocannabinoid system. According to Leafly.com, the endocannabinoid system “is a biological system first discovered in the late ’80s and early ’90s, although much remains unknown about the system today. The ECS is largely comprised of endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes that are believed to help regulate a variety of functions in human including sleep, mood, memory, appetite, reproduction, and pain sensation.”
Crucially, CBD and CBN do not interact with the endocannabinoid system in the same way THC does. A quick reminder...THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives one a “high”. Scientists are beginning to suggest that CBD maintains the calming effects of THC but does not elicit the effects often negatively associated with THC (think “munchies”, paranoia, and increased heart rate).
So how can you use CBD to aid your sleep as safely as possible? First and foremost, speak with your physician. This will help ensure that CBD will not negatively affect other medications you are taking. Once you get permission, it becomes a question of trial and error. Start with a little bit of CBD and CBN oil and gradually work your way up until you find the amount that works for you. Smilezzz CBD + CBN tincture is the perfect way to begin your CBD journey!