It can be challenging in today’s world to manage a full night’s sleep, and a restful one, at that. Sleep is essential in maintaining our day-to-day operations; it affects our physical, mental, and emotional states of being. Without it, we cannot function… and yet we try to, sometimes at the expense of certain areas of our health. With the rising costs of pharmaceutical medications, accessibility can be a concern for some patients. As research continues to expand our knowledge of its full-effects, many patients are exploring natural alternatives to sleep-aids; cannabis has shown incredible potential at providing better, and more consistent rest.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is renownedly known for its sedative properties and cerebral effects; but it isn’t readily accessible to the public. Or legal federally, with some exceptions to the various states that have legalized cannabis in totality. With the passing of The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, (Farm Bill) industrialized hemp (cannabinol) was permitted wholesale so long as it contained less than 0.3% THC. Does CBD have the same potential as a sleep-aid as THC, even though it lacks the psychoactive properties? Let’s take a closer look at what the research says:
How To Optimize Your Sleep with CBD
As cannabinol (CBD) continues to grow and prosper within the market, consumers are beginning to take advantage of its therapeutic benefits to treat a variety of conditions, including insomnia. Cannabinoids, like CBD, interact with our bodies’ own Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and can produce a more calm, soothing effect which can greatly offset the general hypertension that contributes to lack of sleep. As clinical trials and further case studies are being developed, research has also shown that added terpenes can also impact the effectiveness of your cannabinoid. (For more information on terpenes, please visit here: https://thehappycamper.co/?p=16709)
A case study was published by Medicines in 2018 that tested the effectiveness of cannabinoids as a treatment for insomnia under natural conditions. Their conclusions supported the theory that cannabis, consumed as a sleep-aid, shows: “…significant improvements in perceived insomnia with differential effectiveness and side effect profiles, depending on the product characteristics.” A group of patients suffering from insomnia were all monitored and observed while utilizing cannabis as a treatment for it, and the results showed a positive reduction in symptoms by an average of 4.5%. This is amazing! This particular case study is just one of the many that are studying cannabis’ potential benefits both medically and therapeutically. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6164964/)
Eat Your Way to Dreams
Cannabinoids can be consumed in a variety of forms: smokeables, inhalants, edibles, and can even be applied topically for pain. In reference to consumptive methods to help treat insomnia, the options are quite limitless! (Except topicals, of course.) One of the primary go-to’s a lot of consumers swear by are edibles! An edible is a cannabis-infused beverage or snack. These guys can pack quite the potent punch, but take a little while to feel their effects; most users wait 30 minutes to 1 hour between doses. Edibles take time to metabolize in your system and their effects vary between consumers as our bodies metabolize things very differently. When taking an edible to induce sleep, it is often recommended doing so a few hours before bed and allow yourself the opportunity to experiment and learn how you’re going to respond to it! Once you’ve got a good baseline for that, then you’re all set to board the snooze-cruise. One of our favorite edible products is produced by a brand called: Max Legal. They offer a variety of salt-water taffies, fudge, and gummies! Each bite is carefully infused with the maximum amount of full spectrum hemp-derived THC and makes a great addition to your bedtime routine!
Testimonials from Consumers like You!
Albert A: “The fudge is AMAZING! Love the taste and how hard they smack – ordering again!”
Hannah G: “The taffy was my favorite! Easy to microdose and loved the effects! The taste is pure fire.”
Holly C: “The gummies completely knocked me on my ass! I feel so relaxed. Great snack after a stressful day! Thanks for the new hook up.”
According to the CDC, 1 out of every 5 Americans suffer from chronic pain – that equates to roughly 50 million people. Healthcare providers are constantly challenged by the risks of opioid addiction and proper pain management. Patients are also researching non-addictive alternatives to opioids. With the recent resurgence of marijuana legalization across the United States, clinical research has also exploded within the industry of its medicinal and therapeutic benefits. The cannabis plant itself houses a plethora of beneficial compounds such as: cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The combination of each of these components creates not only an experience for the consumer, but can also be utilized to treat a variety of ailments including chronic pain.
How to Reduce Pain with Hemp
Clinical research has shown that cannabinol (CBD) – one of the many cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant- has incredible potential to treat chronic pain and inflammation. Unlike it’s renowned predecessor, THC; CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects so you won’t have to worry about fog-brain! The primary role of cannabinol in correlation with pain management has everything to do with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) and our bodies’ natural responses to cannabinoids. Our ECS regulates functionality and maintains homeostasis internally. It comprises CB1 and CB2 receptors that bond to and interact with our own naturally produced cannabinoids. One of the many attributes of this incredible system is its ability to control pain perception – this is where CBD comes into play! Given it’s low-potential of producing any sort of psychoactive effect and it’s all but null risk of addiction, cannabinol is a great contender for treating chronic pain. CBD is anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective which means it’s quite capable of reducing pain associated with arthritis and injury as well as reducing the potential of progression of neurological disorders.
Your Pain Goes Up In Smoke
As previously mentioned, CBD can be consumed in a variety of ways such as: smokeables, inhalants, edibles, and topicals. Each of these methods will affect you in different ways. Edibles, while highly concentrated, take time to metabolize within your body and might not be the most effective method when trying to alleviate pain. Smokeables and inhalants are a more rapid-release method that can take only minutes to work its way through your system and begin to provide relief! As you inhale, the smoke fills your lungs and is passed along quickly through your bloodstream; our bodies’ then carry the cannabinoid molecules throughout all tissues of the body, giving it ample opportunity to target your affiliated area/condition. A smokeable brand that we love to recommend for both its delicious taste and potency, is Hempnotics. This brand in particular utilizes live resin in their vape-cartridges which creates a unique experience for the consumer and has the potential to provide rapid relief for your chronic pain. A great external application that consumers can consider are topicals! The topicals we’ll be referencing are cannabis-infused oils, balms, and lotions that are absorbed directly through the skin to treat localized pain and soreness.
Testimonials from Consumers Like You!
Greg B: “These Hempnotic vapes toke up like pure gas – LOVE the taste! I was surprised by how quick these things hit. First time trying HHC, too. Definitely ordering again.”
Mary M: “Can we talk about the actual cart, please? It’s so cool! They hit super clean, but the cart is a statement piece all on its own. Strawberry Milk is my new favorite D8 THCO go to – first time trying it, too!”
Rachel T: “Cool design, cool packaging, cool product. First time I’ve ever gotten baked on D8 – it’s going to be my go to now.”
Whether you’re treating external pain via topicals or internally via smokeables or inhalants; the potential and customizability for the consumer fatigued with chronic pain is limitless! Experimentality is the best way to discover what works best for you and your specific conditions. Edibles can be a great addition to your nighttime routine to induce sleep and promote a longer, more restful experience. Be mindful, however: edibles are quite potent and it’s best to do your research beforehand to understand exactly what’s going into your infused snacks! If you suffer from chronic pain and are in need of a non-addictive form of relief, smokeables, inhalants, and topicals can be a great alternative (or perhaps addition) to your critical care routine. Be sure to have a conversation with your healthcare provider to ensure you’re consuming safely.
WARNING: Product has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Product does not exceed more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC on a dry weight basis. Not for sale to persons under 21 years of age, keep away from children. May cause drowsiness. Use caution when operating vehicles or heavy machinery. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use our product due to potential birth defects. Consult your physician before using. Consume at your own risk.