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A hemp plant, the source of CBD oil
The use of CBD products has been one of the fastest growing wellness trends in recent years, in part because the variety of these products, derived from a naturally occurring compound in the hemp plant, is vast and ever increasing. And they all seem to offer remedies to common problems like insomnia, anxiety and stress caused by travel or even pain relief. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is just one of many cannabinoids that is extracted from hemp plants and then infused into all sorts of products. CBD is known for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties and an excellent, all-natural alternative to prescription medications.
A row of bottles of CBD oil as seen in a branch of the health chain Planet Organic, in the UK.
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the hemp plant. While CBD is also in marijuana plants, legal CBD products must contain CBD extracted from hemp to avoid the psychoactive effects (the “high”) caused by the THC in marijuana. CBD has no psychoactive properties; it’s known to calm, soothe and relax the mind and body and decrease inflammation that can cause chronic pain. Products with CBD oil include gummies, vapes and capsules but consuming CBD oil in a tincture form has actually been shown to be more effective. In order to absorb most quickly into the bloodstream, CBD oil should be taken sublingually where you place an appropriate dosage under your tongue and hold it there for 60-90 seconds, swallowing any oil remaining. Pure CBD oil does have a strong earthy taste from the hemp but if its suspended in alcohol in a flavored tincture, it’s much more pleasant to consume. Here are five of the best and tastiest CBD oil brands that can alleviate sleep, pain, anxiety and travel woes.
To use: take one full dropper under the tongue, which delivers 33mg of CBD. You can also start with half a dropper to see how the formula affects you. Each bottle contains about 30 full servings.
TheraOne also touts its unique “Biosorb technology,” which it says can help increase the effectiveness of the CBD, so you can fall asleep faster — and stay sleeping more soundly.
The immediate benefits that Barker found with CBD led him to create Barker Wellness, a new line of cannabinoid-infused products that includes a unique CBD tincture for sleep. While CBD is not a medically-approved solution for sleep, experts say a little CBD could go a long towards promoting more soothing, stress-free slumber.
7. Zolt “Dreamy” Drink Mix
One of the easiest ways to get into CBD is with this AM/PM CBD oil bundle from Cornbread Hemp. Take a drop or two of the Distilled CBD Oil in the morning to start your day, and chill out at night with the Whole Flower CBD Oil. To use: place a few drops under your tongue and hold for 30 seconds before swallowing, or mix a few drops into a glass of water or your bedtime tea (it’s virtually tasteless and it dissolves easily).
Colorado-based NuLeaf Naturals makes some of the most straight-forward and fast-acting CBD products on the market, with easy-to-take formulas that promise to help clear your mind and prepare your body for sleep. We like their full-spectrum CBN oil, which uses CBN, another cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that is said to have sleep benefits. While some CBD can have energizing effects, researchers have found that CBN is used more as a natural sedative.
Get the benefits of a bath and an ingestible with this Sleep Better Bundle from Terravita. The premium CBD company is known for their unique and potent formulas, which combine full-spectrum CBD with plant-based ingredients (think coconut oil, lavender oil and aloe vera in the bath soak, and hempseed oil and grapefruit in the tincture).
Of course CBD is primarily meant for therapeutic benefits and is not meant to replace any doctor-recommended prescriptions if you suffer from serious insomnia. You should also see a doctor if you have a severe sleep disorder, restlessness or anxiety, as CBD is not meant to treat those issues.