CBD for Sleep

Using CBD for sleep is one of the most popular ways our customers like to use CBD. At Humanity Health CBD, we carry CBD products that will help you fall asleep more quickly, and help you stay asleep through the night. In addition to sleep, CBD is commonly used to treat chronic pain, inflammation, and anxiety, which are conditions that might be factors in why you’re having trouble getting to sleep, and staying asleep. When someone asks what’s the best CBD oil for sleep, there are three categories of CBD product that we recommend for sleep:

  1. THC-Free CBD Products for Sleep
  2. Full Spectrum CBD Products for Sleep (Some THC)
  3. THC Products for Sleep

THC-Free CBD Products for Sleep

There are many reasons a person might consider a THC-Free CBD product for sleep. 

  • Your employer may regularly drug test or a drug test may be part of pre-employment screening. 
  • A professional athlete might be subject to regular drug testing.
  • A person with addiction or legal issues might be subject to court ordered drug testing.
  • You might have read that using THC before age 18 may affect how the brain builds connections for functions like attention, memory, and learning.
  • You might just be a person who dislikes how THC makes you feel.

For the reasons above, and others we may have missed, if you’re a person who would prefer a THC-Free CBD product for sleep, we have a couple recommendations.

Top 3 CBD Products for Sleep: THC-Free

CBD for Sleep

Product Overview

3Chi’s CBN Tincture for Sleep, a cbd tincture for sleep, is predominantly a CBD + CBN broad spectrum oil. CBD and CBN are both cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, but they have different chemical structures. CBN’s properties are more relaxing, and are much more powerful in promoting sleep and as a muscle relaxer. Most CBD for sleep products today are going to include CBN

WYLD’s CBD + CBN for Sleep Gummies are essentially the same as above, with the addition of Elderberry, a traditional sleep herb associated with a restful night’s sleep.

Pachamama’s Sleep Well Gummies contain CBD, CBN, Elderberry. What sets these CBD gummies for sleep apart is the addition of 2mg melatonin per gummy. Melatonin is a hormone that our body produces naturally, and the production and release of melatonin happens in a rhythm associated with the time of day. When it’s dark outside, our bodies produce and release more melatonin to promote sleep, when it’s light our melatonin production disappears. 

According to the Mayo Clinic:

“Melatonin is generally safe for short-term use. Unlike with many sleep medications, with melatonin you are unlikely to become dependent, have a diminished response after repeated use (habituation), or experience a hangover effect.”

These are great gummies for short term use to correct a sleep disorder like jet lag, or to help occasional bouts of insomnia. There are some people out there who find taking melatonin makes it more difficult to wake up the following morning, and some report feeling groggy throughout the following day. If you find that to be your experience with melatonin supplements, stick with WYLD CBD + CBN + Elderberry or the 3Chi CBN Oil. 

Full Spectrum CBD Products for Sleep

Two questions we need to answer here:

  1. What is Full Spectrum CBD
  2. Can THC Help with Sleep?

Cannabinoids like CBD and CBN (and others) are available in three different types: Isolates, Broad Spectrum, and Full Spectrum. Using CBD as an example, a CBD Isolate contains 99.9% CBD. Broad Spectrum CBD contains predominantly CBD, other cannabinoids, and plant terpenes which act in the same way we understand aromatherapy. A Full Spectrum CBD product is the same as Broad Spectrum CBD with the addition of 0.3% or Less Delta 9 THC. This small amount of THC in a Full Spectrum product isn’t enough to make you feel “high,” but you will feel THC’s sedative properties, and that might be something that helps you fall asleep more quickly, and get a better quality of sleep.

Top 3 CBD Products for Sleep: Full Spectrum (Some THC)

CBD for sleep full spectrum cbd products

Product Overview

The difference in these products is going to be intake VS timing. The 3Chi Full Spectrum CBD Vape Cart: Sleep is a vaporizer product that you inhale, thus you should feel the product working in approximately 2-10 minutes, so the effects are more immediate, but last a shorter amount of time. The Extract Labs PM Formula is a soft gel that has more long-term sleep benefits throughout the night in that the gel cap will “time release,” and stick with you longer. 3Chi’s Comfortably Numb is a tincture oil that is meant to be taken sublingually, meaning under the tongue. You leave it under your tongue for 30-60 seconds, swallow, and that’s it. Since the oil is absorbed sublingually you should feel it in approximately 15-25 minutes, whereas an edible like a CBN Gummy or the aforementioned CBN gel caps could take 30-90+ minutes. 

THC-Dominant Products for Sleep

Why take THC for sleep? When a person is new to using CBD for sleep (or any other condition) they sometimes expect to feel a more mild version of the psychoactive head change associated with THC. As mentioned earlier CBD is commonly used to treat conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, and anxiety. One of the ways CBD can help you sleep is by alleviating these conditions, which is to say the conversation about CBD is less about a head change, and more about what you’re no longer feeling when you take CBD. And while CBD can help you relax, it’s not necessarily powerful enough to deliver the knockout blow that some might be expecting when they take CBD for sleep. This is why we’re starting to see CBD paired with supplements like melatonin, ashwagandha, other cannabinoids like CBN, and of course, THC-dominant products.

Top 3 THC Products for Sleep

Top 3 THC products for sleep

Product Overview

If you’re new to THC for sleep, the Exhale Delta 8 Gel Caps are the lightest of the three THC products we recommend for sleep. When compared to THC products you’ll find in states where recreational THC is legal, Delta 8 THC is less psychoactive, and more of a relaxing body high. Urb Rocks Hemp-Derived Delta 9 THC + GABA + Melatonin is a hard-hitting product for sleep that is taken sublingually, meaning under the tongue, and thus you should feel the effects of this product within 15-25 minutes. This two serving pack includes:

  • 15mg Delta 9 THC
  • 58 mg Gaba
  • 2 mg Melatonin

The Hometown Hero Delta 9 Live Rosin Indica Gummies contain 25mg of hemp-derived Delta 9 THC. Sleep gummies made from indica plants are characterized as more relaxing in effect than the sativa variety. A good way to remember the difference between Indica and Sativa cannabis strains is that Indica will put you “in da couch,” and sativa…well, sativa is the opposite, a good cannabis strain for daytime use. Again, these products are heavy hitters so proceed with caution. With any type of edible we always recommend the low and slow approach, especially when you’re trying something as potent as these indica sleep gummies. 

CBD for Sleep: Supplement Not Solution

CBD, CBN, THC products, they can absolutely help you get to sleep, and get better sleep, but they are still supplements. The Oxford Dictionary definition of supplement is something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. When we apply that to using a supplement like CBD for sleep, the question becomes what steps can YOU personally take to help improve your sleep.

Circadian Rhythm, Blue Light, and Melatonin

We’re living in a time where it’s probably safe to assume we’re exposed to more blue light than ever. Blue light is simply that, blue light. During simpler times, our exposure to blue light was pretty much limited to the sun. 

Blue Light Infographic

When the sun is out we’re exposed to blue light, which sends a signal to our brain that we need to be awake and alert, so our brain stimulates the body’s production of serotonin and dopamine. When the sun goes down, and we are exposed to less blue light, our brain switches things up and starts to produce melatonin, a hormone (per the Pachamama CBD for sleep gummies) that promotes sleep. In a nutshell, this is our Circadian rhythm, our natural 24-hour sleep-wake schedule. Today, our exposure to blue light is no longer limited to the sun, we’re essentially bombarded with blue light throughout our day through devices such as mobile phone screens, tablets, televisions, and fluorescent and LED lighting just to name a few. Harvard Medical School recommends limiting exposure to bright screens two to three hours before bed. The reality is, in the modern world going cold turkey on blue light every night at 7PM is an interesting suggestion to say the least. Be it homework, remote work, or just winding down your evening watching Netflix with the family, most nights it’s safe to say we’re going to be inundated with blue light until we’re in bed for the night, so the simple answer here is do your best. There’s a lot of gray area between not making any changes and no devices after 7PM, so make a commitment to start somewhere:

  • If you can’t find the time to step away from your devices or you simply would rather not, blue light glasses can help with digital eye strain and disrupted sleep patterns. Some brands have been clinically proven to increase natural melatonin secretion by 2x.
  • If you read on a tablet, eReader, or even on your mobile phone, consider going back to printed books. Numerous studies have shown that the blue light from your device can change your melatonin levels and circadian cycles, making it more difficult to sleep, and leaving you cranky in the morning. 
  • From red light bulbs to salt lamps to anti-glare blue light screen protectors, there are tons of changes you can make in your home and on devices from mobile phones to your television that can help decrease your exposure to blue light. 
  • Avoid caffeine starting six hours before bedtime! According to the Cleveland Clinic, six hours after caffeine is consumed, half of it is still in your body. It can take up to 10 hours to completely clear caffeine from your bloodstream.

When to use CBD for sleep

When it comes to using CBD for sleep we always encourage our customers to use CBD to be a supplement to some minor lifestyle changes that should help improve your quality of sleep. However, there are instances where poor sleep is out of our control. If you work nights you may suffer from shift work sleep disorder (SWSD). Taking CBD can help a person suffering with SWSD by addressing the typical symptoms of SWSD including difficulty concentrating, headaches and lack of energy. Products like CBN and THC can help a person suffering with SWSD fall asleep faster, and get a better quality of sleep. Jet lag would be another situation where there’s nothing you can personally do to make up for the time changes associated with traveling across multiple time zones. When you have jet lag, CBD for sleep, CBN, and even THC products can absolutely help you adjust to your new timezone.

In Conclusion CBD as a Sleep Aid

CBD for sleep can help by simply relaxing you, and also by addressing issues that might prevent you from sleeping such as anxiety, depression, or pain. CBN is a cannabinoid like CBD that can be used effectively as a sleep aid or sedative. If you’re really struggling with sleep, because of SWSD, jet lag, or for any other reason, the most powerful hemp-derived sleep aid we can offer will likely include some form of federally legal THC.

If you’d like a personal recommendation or more information about cannabidiol and sleep disorders, or CBD for sleep please follow the link below to our contact form, or stop by the store!