A lot of people struggle with sleep problems. Tossing and turning in bed can easily drive you insane. Many people struggling with sleep deprivation have probably tried many remedies but none may seem to be working. The good news is that CBD oil might just be the effective remedy you have been looking for. CBD products help in relieving sleep problems and chronic pain with no side effects at all.
According to WHO, apart from THC, CBD is the second well-known substance found in cannabis, with the ability to aid people struggling with sleep to fall and stay asleep, even better than THC. CBD is responsible for inhibiting the breakdown of neurotransmitter chemical in your brain that affects your mental function, pain and emotional state. When the chemical is relaxed, chemicals responsible for promoting sleep flow through your bloodstream. The result is feeling drowsy and finally fall asleep.
I have had experience with friends and family attesting that using CBD oil has helped them improve their sleep patterns. That is why I have put together this step-by-step post to help you understand how to use CBD product to improve your sleep patterns.
What You need to do Before Getting Started
Before we get started, there are a few important things that you should sort out first. They are:
- Pick your specific CBD product (spray, capsule, gummies or drops).
- Find your optimal serving formats and sizes.
- Clarify your sleeping goals.
- Understand your sleep time frame.
Step-by-Step Procedure on Using CBD Oil
Step 1: Picking the Right CBD Product
The first step is picking the right CBD product that will work for your specific sleep needs. The best way to go about this is by paying a visit to your doctor for medical advice. Although CBD products are known to have only minimal to negligible side effects, it is still a good idea to just go ahead and check with your doctor before getting started to sort out your sleep issues. Moreover, there is still room for more research on how exactly CBD affects the body to reduce cases of sleep deprivation, even better than THC.
Even as you choose your CBD substance to help you sleep, you must understand that there is no universal or specific dosage for CBD products. Your cannabidiol CBD dosage will largely depend on your diet, weight, medications and body type. You need to have a sober and objective discussion with your doctor so that you find the right dosage and product for you.
Step 2: Choose between CBD Edibles and Tinctures
A lot of people find using either of these two forms of CBD to be the best to help them receive quality sleep. They will help you stay asleep for longer hours than before. They work best because your body will slowly absorb them thus keeping you in your sleeping state longer. The only downside is that you may not quickly fall asleep, but once you do, you will sleep through the night.
if you don’t like the taste of tinctures-oil form of CBD taken sublingually, you can go for edibles. Gummies are the most common types of edible CBD products.
Step 3: Buy from Reputable Brands
Although there are plenty of CBD products in the market right now, there is little regulation. Therefore, it is very easy to buy poor quality CBD products. You may even buy CBD products whose THC composition is not less than 0.3%. If the composition is not less than 0.3%, it will get you high rather than aid your sleep. Carry out your own investigation on the brands you are interested to buy from before going ahead to buy. Here are some few important considerations to keep in mind:
- Buying from health stores and pharmacies rather than ordering online. The regulation on CBD products found online is very little.
- If possible, as for a certificate of analysis from the brand you are interested in to demonstrate the levels of CBD in their product. This way, you can also tell if the cannabidiol product may contain some levels of THC. You may also know the information at federal level. Be wary of brands that are hesitant on furnishing you with the certificate. Trust your instincts.
- If you reside in the UK, make sure that you only buy CBD products grown and also manufactured there. If you buy CBD products that are derived from hemp plants grown or manufactured overseas, chances are that they used some pesticides that may be illegal in the UK. Furthermore, follow through to make sure that it was grown and manufactured within the UK. Some brands import the plant then manufacture them locally. In the USA, it has to be FDA approved.
Step 4: Try to Avoid Smoking or Vaping CBD
You may have heard from a friend or relative that they smoke or vape CBD and it also helps them fall and stay asleep. The truth of the matter is, these may not exactly be the best ways to take CBD to stay asleep. When you smoke or vape, your body will just absorb all of your does immediately. You may fall asleep fast alright, but you won’t stay that way for long. The effects will wear off just as fast, which means that you may find yourself wide awake at 2 am, deep in the night.
For some time now, vaping has been under serious scrutiny because of the possible health effects. This is because some people have developed lung infections possibly from vaping cannabis. More research has to be done to this end.
Step 5: Check the Concentration of CBD in your Product
Whether you choose to use a tincture or an edible, always the CBD concentration. The CBD concentration is always indicated in milligrams on the product’s label. When taking a dosage of CBD to help you sleep, the dosage for full spectrum CBD should be a bit high. Broad spectrum may not be as effective. Knowing the correct concentration is important in helping you make calculations of the accurate dose to take.
When you realise that the CBD concentration is not clearly indicated, just avoid it. The certificate of analysis we mentioned earlier will help you know the exact CBD concentration.
Step 6: Take 25-30mg of CBD oil dose Before Bed
Many products will recommend that you use about 10-15 mg of CBD per day. However, since you need a high dosage of full spectrum CBD rather than a broad spectrum CBD to aid your sleep, you should take a high dosage of 25-30 mg of CBD. This is only your starting point as you increase gradually if you don’t feel any relief. Since gummies and tinctures may take longer to get absorbed into the bloodstream, it is advisable to use much CBD at about an hour before going to bed to give your body time to absorb it.
Starting with a smaller dose and increasing it gradually is a great way of helping your body acclimate with the CBD product. Furthermore, taking smaller doses first as you increase will help you manage the costs of buying CBD products provided it is approved at federal level.
If you are using tinctures, take the dose sublingually and give it about a minute before swallowing. This is where you place a drop under your tongue. This gives your body time to slowly absorb it. If you swallow, it will be absorbed immediately. If the aftertaste isn’t appealing, you can rinse your mouth with water afterwards.
For gummies you have to chew 2 servings because most edibles contain about 15 mg per serving. Just like tinctures, increase the dose gradually if you don’t get any relief. Just make sure that you keep your gummies away from the reach of children.
Step 7: Follow through with the Prescription
In most cases, CBD is a short-term solution for providing sleep relief. Some studies suggest that people only take CBD products for about a month. Continuous usage for more than a month will cause the body to get used to them and they may grow less effective over time. When you feel some relief, it is advisable to take a break from CBD. You can start again if you feel your tolerance is lowered. However, in case of chronic pain or sleeping problems, it may e time to seek medical advice from your doctor.
I have seen these steps working for a lot of friends and family who were previously having chronic pain and sleep troubles. If you follow these steps diligently, you will ultimately enjoy the benefits. If you liked the step-by-step, feel free to share with your family and friends!