CBD—the non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant—is the wellness word that’s in everybody’s mouth. That’s because health guru’s are extolling the virtues of CBD, which studies show can help health woes like inflammation, anxiety, epilepsy, chronic pain, stress, insomnia, and more.
The high-vibe product is making its way into our beauty cabinets, supplement lineup, smoothies, and even your bedside table. No wink required—we’re talking about CBD sleep aids.
First, let’s backtrack. We’ve been told time and time again that sleep is the *key* ingredient to being your best, most healthful self. It helps us stay clear-headed, anxiety-free, and chronic inflammation; plus, it even helps us say “no thanks” to that second serving of cake at your BFF’s birthday and improved recovery after particularly challenging workouts.
Yet, sleeplessness is a way of life for an unlucky, over 70 million Americans.
That means that even most those who manage to get into bed at a reasonable hour spend countless hours staring despondently at the ceiling trying to catch some zzz’s. Here’s where CBD comes into play.
Cannabis has been used medicinally for centuries as a sleep aid, thanks CBD’s calming, stress-busting properties. Currently, nearly 60 percent of people taking CBD are doing it to help with sleep, or at least according to a survey conducted by Brightfield Group and HelloMD, an online community that brings doctors and cannabis patients together.
Research suggests CBD may actually works as a sleep aid. One 2013 animal study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that when adult male rats were given CBD for four days, their total sleep time and sleep latency—basically the amount of time in REM—increased. While a second study published in the journal Current Psychiatry Reports found that it improved symptoms of insomnia. CBD may also help improve REM sleep abnormalities in people with PTSD.
The theory is that CBD improves quality thanks to the way it interacts with the endocannabinoid system, whose main job is to maintain homeostasis or balance in the body. These interactions create changes in the activity of neurotransmitters, hormones, and other cells throughout the brain and body—which is beneficial to many of the body’s functions, include sleep.
Anecdotally, co-founder of Altrufuel, Ian Berger has been using Unwind for over a year, and reports, “The quality of my pre-sleep relaxation is higher, I’m deeply relaxed by the time I want to fall asleep, and sleep more deeply than I do without the aid.”
In addition to 25mg of CBD—which is a dose that is well tolerated by healthy individuals—Unwind is made with 5mg melatonin and 200mg valerian root, which add to the supplements effectiveness.
Melatonin is the most well-known OTC sleep aid, but it’s actually a hormone that we naturally produce in our bodies. When our bodies are working properly, our levels are highest in the evening, helping us fall asleep. But things like alcohol, late weekend nights, jet lag, and excess caffeine intake can cause your melatonin to dip low, making it difficult to fall asleep. A sleep aid with melatonin, like Unwind, helps re-regulate those levels, so that they’re high right before bedtime. Valerian root is a traditional plant remedy, thanks to its calming and sedative effects which have been shown to promote restful sleep.
While Unwind can’t counterbalance the effects of a late night espresso or energy drink. But its three ingredients have been scientifically shown to promote sleep and sleepless, especially in individuals who suffer from tossing and turning.
Our advice? Consider Unwind your late-night lateral chill-pill. Just take one before bed and prepare to dream on.