The amount you sleep each night has direct and indirect impacts on your health, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough. While you’re sleeping, the body works to maintain your physical health and support your brain function. Without proper sleep, you can increase your risk of high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, and other issues.
Lately cannabis, and in particular its compound cannabidiol (CBD), are finally being acknowledged as effective sleep aids that can help people fall asleep and stay asleep longer. Because it stimulates our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps regulate our circadian rhythm, full-spectrum CBD can be an effective treatment for sleep disorders, especially when combined with therapeutic phytonutrients from other plants and herbs.
Using Full-Spectrum CBD Oil for Sleep
That combination of phytonutrients is where Restiva full-spectrum CBD oil comes into play. In our proprietary formula, we not only include full-spectrum, organically-grown CBD, we also include several other complementary herbs to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested. Our hemp and botanical sleep blend is comprised of full-spectrum CBD, hops, skullcap, tulsi, lemon balm, milky oats, and catnip, all of which were carefully selected to create a calming, synergistic effect in the body.
Taking Advantage of Herbal Synergy
Cannabis, including hemp (its non-intoxicating form), is known for the “entourage effect” it has on the body. This is the theory that using only one of hemp’s compounds, like a CBD isolate, could help with something like inflammation, but using all of its compounds could help even more. That’s because CBD was not designed by nature to work alone and because there are other phytonutrients in hemp that help with inflammation in different ways than CBD does. Using a full-spectrum CBD product is the most effective way to take advantage of the entourage effect because it contains all of hemp’s compounds and nutrients working together.
Restiva expands on that synergy even further by incorporating other medicinal plants into the entourage effect. So while the full-spectrum CBD works with your ECS to reduce anxiety and inflammation, the lemon balm works to calm your nervous and digestive systems. Throughout the body, phytonutrients work together from different angles to help you fall and stay asleep.
Herbs to Help You Sleep
Each of the herbs in Restiva’s hemp and botanical blend was picked with a good night’s sleep in mind. Some may offer similar effects, like reducing anxiety, but they could do so through different means, creating a synergy that helps you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested.
Hops: Hops are in the same plant family as hemp and have been used for centuries as a sleep aid. They help increase the brain’s gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels. GABA is a neurotransmitter that slows or inhibits the brain’s functions. By increasing GABA levels, neuron activity in the brain and central nervous system is reduced. This, in turn, lowers stress, balances mood, alleviates pain, and increases relaxation.
Skullcap: Science has narrowed down more than 295 compounds in skullcap. Because of its sedative, anticonvulsive, and antispasmodic properties, it’s been used for years to calm the nervous and muscular systems, helping with insomnia, migraines, and stomach and muscle cramps. It’s also thought to increase GABA levels like hops do and can aid in overall relaxation.
Tulsi: Tulsi’s benefits to the body are seemingly never-ending. Research shows it counters psychological stress with its anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and antidepressant properties, having positive effects on both memory and cognitive function. It also works against metabolic stress by normalizing blood glucose, blood pressure, and lipid levels. Additionally, it protects organs and tissues from physical stress caused by physical exercise, ischemia (inadequate blood supply to an organ or part of the body), and exposure to cold and excessive noise.
Lemon Balm: Extremely popular in traditional medicine, lemon balm has been used for centuries to help with migraines, headaches, stomach cramps, sleeplessness, and other issues. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia (BHP) notes its antispasmodic and sedative properties, with several studies identifying its anti-anxiety and sleep-inducing effects. Research has also shown that it can increase calmness and alertness in adults when handling stress.
Oats: Good for more than just oatmeal, oats act as a sleep aid in several ways. For starters, oats contain the amino acid tryptophan, which the brain converts to serotonin and uses to relax the body. Plus, they contain melatonin which not only helps you fall asleep but also helps you stay asleep. They also have vitamin B1, the anti-stress vitamin that strengthens your immune system and makes it easier for your body to deal with stress.
Catnip: Catnip contains a phytochemical called nepetalactone that’s responsible for its sedative effects in both cats and humans. Combined with its active components called iridoid glycosides, which have anti-anxiety effects, catnip is incredibly effective at helping people fall asleep and stay asleep. It also relaxes the digestive system and can help with inflammation.
Incorporating Restiva Into Your Routine
Using CBD for sleep is fairly simple, especially when working with a powerful blend like Restiva. Make sure to shake well before using, and then simply drop the oil under your tongue and hold it there for 60 seconds before swallowing. It’s best to take your CBD about 30 minutes before you go to sleep to give it time to take effect. Store it in a cool, dark place like a medicine cabinet or nightstand drawer—somewhere you’ll remember to take it each night.
Remember that everyone’s body chemistry is different, so you may have to adjust your dosage levels before you find the right amount for you. It can be helpful to keep a CBD journal, documenting how much you took each night and how potent the effects were until you find the right dosage.
Using CBD for sleep is an increasingly popular natural alternative to pharmaceuticals and other over-the-counter medications. With an organically grown, full-spectrum hemp and herbal blend like Restiva, you’re likely to find exactly what you need to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested.