A restful night of sleep is important for everyone.
If you’re one of the 25% of Americans suffering from insomnia, then you may not be getting those full hours of rest. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid found in the hemp and cannabis plant. Although it is relatively new on the block, many people use CBD oil as part of their daily routine. Some common uses for CBD are pain management, stress and sleep.
Melatonin comes in natural and synthetic form. Originally derived from the pineal glands in animals, melatonin supplements are now mostly man-made. Regardless, melatonin has long been used to aid sleep.
Melatonin comes in natural and synthetic form to help us sleep. It is naturally made and secreted from the pineal glands in humans and animals. Melatonin is secreted in a diurnal manner. During the day, it is inhibited by light hitting our eyes to keep us awake. While dusk and nighttime with its lack of sunlight increases secretion of melatonin.
The pineal glands take information from its environment through the sleep-wake cycle. Being a “hormone of darkness“, melatonin communicates by sending dark signals and nighttime information to the brain. It sends signals to influence the promotion of sleep, but not necessarily cause sleep.
Approximately two hours prior to a person’s bedtime, melatonin secretion starts to increase. As the sleep gates to dreamland open, and the drowsiness begins to creep in, so will your ability to fall asleep.
In a case of insomnia or jet lag, CBD and melatonin supplements can help raise melatonin levels by signaling the receptors in the body. Helping those having a tough time falling asleep, to take back control of their bedtime and enjoy a restful night of sleep.
The body’s biological system, known as the endocannabinoid system, involves a wide variety of processes. These include pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function. This system of endogenous (“endo” meaning originating inside the body) neurotransmitters bind to cannabinoid receptors. When CBD enters the body, it reacts by stimulating these receptors.
The lipid built cannabinoid receptors are what allow CBD products to be fat-soluble. This is why you’ll find CBD infused with MCT oil (extracted from coconuts) or some other type of oil or fat base. The most common oil based products you may find at your local shop or online are CBD oil and CBD tincture.
Those suffering from insomnia, sometimes find relief when using CBD oil. Studies show CBD can help you fall and stay asleep, so you can use it daily before bed. Cannabidiol and our endogenous form, 2-AG, increase binding to GABA receptors in our brains. This increased binding to GABA receptors will trigger stress relief and sleep. Thereby, acting very similar to other sedative and hypnotics like benzodiazepines. Furthermore, according to the World Health Organization, “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential”.
Terpenes may enhance the affects of CBD and melatonin by interacting with GABA and other receptors in the brain. For an in-depth review of terpenes, please look at our blog post regarding terpenes.
Yes, you may use CBD oil and melatonin together. Combining these two supplements, which are already effective on their own, and you’ve almost guaranteed yourself a foolproof method of combating insomnia. All without the nasty addictiveness and side effects of traditional medication! Thereby, both are safe and natural alternatives.
Did you know there’s a tastier way to fall asleep? If you didn’t, then try our colorful melatonin CBD gummy bears, lightly coated in sugar and infused with melatonin. PRO TIP: Try biting half or even a quarter of the gummy bear. Not only will that you save money, but it can last you 2x to 4x longer!
Cali-Born Dreams: Providing An Alternative Solution For A Healthier Lifestyle
A Word From Cali-Born Dreams:
The content in this article is not medical advice and you should always consult with your physician about any medical or mental health problems you may be experiencing.
News about vaping illnesses has spread like wildfire. Many of us are left wondering how safe, if at all, is vaping? Are you vaping THC or CBD products safely? Those e-liquid flavor seem innocent, but may be filled with highly toxic chemicals. Lab tests should be third party tested. We at Cali-Born Dreams are as concerned as you are with the disturbing news involving the CBD and cannabis industry. Even though we do not offer vaping products, we would like to offer some tips on how to stay safe when deciding what to buy.
We urge you to purchase only well-known brands from established vendors. Keep in mind, the Black Market has been very crafty in putting their bogus distillates into fake packaging that look exactly like popular brands. Which is why it is critical to buy from vendors you trust. Never hesitate to ask questions — especially when it comes to your health and your life!
In many of these unscrupulous cartridges on the market, we are finding Vitamin E Oil/Acetate, Propylene Glycol and other dangerous fillers, used as a diluent to “thicken” the CBD or THC distillate. These oils, when inhaled, disrupt the function of the fluid lining in the lungs. Over time, the lungs begin to fill with fatty deposits, and ultimately make it difficult to simply breathe. You should only vape products that contain pure distillate and organic terpenes.
A national survey found 80% of youngsters enjoyed vaping because it came in flavors they liked. Vaping products have long been marketed to cut down or completely stop smoking. With the addition of kid friendly flavors such as, “cherry, grape, apple, peach, and berry”, E-liquid sales have increased as well as “reversing decades of progress on youth smoking”.
The FDA also found some of these flavors to be “poisonous in high doses”. Cinnamon flavored e-liquids contained cinnamaldehyde, a chemical that experts at the FDA called “highly toxic to human cells.” Some cotton candy and bubble gum flavors contained aldehydes, a class of chemicals that can cause airway constriction.
Therefore, it is incredibly important to be your own vigilante when it comes to your health and cannabis needs. Consider purchasing CBD and cannabis products from reputable companies.
Lab results done via third-party testing and NOT done in-house, usually aren’t affiliated with the brand or manufacturer. Third-party lab testing private institutions, not affiliated with the brand or manufacturer. They test for the percentage of CBD, as well as pesticides, heavy metal and other impurities. Look for lab results, sometimes listed on the company’s website. In the case that it’s not, ask for the lab testing results. Be sure to confirm the results match the label on the product.
If you are taking prescription drugs, we urge you to talk with your doctor. While vaping pure distillate without any added flavor may seem harmless, we still recommend talking to your doctor to be certain it is not interfering with the effectiveness of any medication or causing any internal damage from ingredients not listed on the packaging. Also, if you are taking anti-depressants, please consult with your doctor first before starting a CBD regimen, as they may be contra-indicated.
Since launching in 2015, we have been steadfast in bringing you a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle with our superior products. Our company ensures products are pure, consistent and test free of pesticides and heavy metals. We are non-GMO, USDA and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Certified. We are here to improve your health, never to hurt it.
Cali-Born Dreams is passionate about the benefits our CBD products provide. Constantly evolving, we are always creating products with the finest and purest ingredients.
Your well-being and quality of life are what drive us to continue our mission.
Providing An Alternative Solution For A Healthier Lifestyle