Humans have used cannabis as a sleep aid for centuries. To this day, poor sleep is still a common reason people supplement with CBD.
A lot of myth and speculation surround the cannabis plant, and many people come to us with questions. How does CBD help you sleep? Will CBD as a sleep aid work? Is CBD effective?
Here, we’ll dispel the rumors and help you understand why CBD is so popular for sleep seekers everywhere.
First, the Basics
If you’re completely new to CBD, we highly recommend reading our What Is CBD? page. Here’s a quick primer:
- CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound found naturally in cannabis.
- CBD, unlike its neighbor THC, is non-intoxicating and has no psychoactive effects. In other words, it doesn’t get you “high.”
- CBD activates receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex molecular system that regulates the body’s basic functions—including appetite, discomfort, stress, and, yes, sleep.
How Does CBD Help You Sleep?
When your ECS is functioning properly, your body maintains homeostasis and regulates your circadian rhythm, helping you sleep. However, when internal factors—like hormonal imbalance—or external factors—such as poor diet or high stress levels—affect your body and mind, your ECS can be thrown out of balance.
CBD is not FDA-approved as a medical treatment for insomnia. Rather, CBD as a sleep aid is a safe, non-habit-forming, natural alternative to use when you have difficulty sleeping. Many people who struggle with sleeping worry about the harsh, addictive effects of other sleep treatments before learning that CBD helps you sleep without risking unwanted side effects.
Indirect Sleep Benefits
CBD is also used to help ease discomfort and soreness and relieve stress—both of which can play a large role in your sleep cycle. Some users find that CBD doesn’t help sleep directly but rather soothes other factors that keep them from restful sleep.
If stressful thoughts are the main factor keeping you awake, using CBD as a sleep aid might support your troubled mind and promote a state of calm. Likewise, if soreness or aches are keeping you awake at night, CBD’s natural therapeutic benefits may help relieve your discomfort and lull you into a natural rest.
What to Look for When Using CBD as a Sleep Aid
Not all CBD is the same. Lack of federal regulation means cut corners and low-quality products with poor bioavailability. For the best results, make sure your CBD is organic and consciously sourced.
Here at Green Gorilla™, all our hemp is grown in certified organic farms. We manufacture our CBD in a GMP and ISO-certified facility in the United States. Third-party lab tests are performed on all of our products to ensure safety, purity, and potency.
For CBD that helps you sleep, we recommend our CBD Sleep Capsules. Trust Green Gorilla™ for CBD that nourishes your body and mind—just as nature intended!