Taking CBG for Insomnia
Have you ever tossed and turned at night but were afraid to “test the waters” regarding potentially addictive sleep aids? Even over-the-counter supplements, like melatonin, may cause side effects and potential dependency. Conversely, CBD and a lesser-known cannabinoid, CBG, have emerged as a relaxing, all-natural way to fall asleep.
While CBG has shown potential to treat various conditions, including glaucoma, irritable bowel disorder, Huntington’s disease, and cancer, we’re going to look at CBG for sleep. If you’re interested in how to use an all-natural and safe alternative to pricey and potentially addictive sleep medications, then keep reading!
In this post, we’ll go over all the benefits of CBG for insomnia, including:
- It helps you fall asleep faster
- Creates a calmer state of mind
- Promotes longer sleep cycles
- Works with your body’s natural sleep patterns
What Is CBG?
CBG, short for cannabigerol, is one of over 100 compounds found in the cannabis plant, known as cannabinoids. It’s important to realize that cannabis contains compounds, such as CBG and its more famous relative THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), that work with your body’s internal functions. CBG and cannabis’ other compounds work to naturally heal and maintain your body’s functions, including sleep.
Known as the ‘mother cannabinoid’ because all cannabinoids start as CBG acid, CBG is found in much lesser quantities than other compounds, such as CBD (cannabidiol) and THC. Specifically, CBG accounts for only around 1% of most cannabis strains. Simultaneously, typical cannabis strains contain upwards of 30% THC and 25% CBD. Thus CBG is rarer and more difficult to extract than other cannabinoids.
How Does CBG Help With Sleep?
CBG works with your body’s internal system to regulate many functions, including sleep. This internal mechanism, known as the ECS, or Endocannabinoid System, is present in all mammals. When you ingest cannabinoids like CBG, your ECS identifies these compounds through two receptors, known as CB1 and CB2.
Your CB receptors act as the bridge between your brain and body, telling multiple systems how to behave. For example, sleep is regulated by the pineal gland. Studies show that cannabinoids exhibit a melatonin biosynthesis in the pineal gland, helping regulate sleep. In 2021, subjects given CBG-dominant strains reported their insomnia as “very much improved” or “much improved” by CBG. Furthermore, respondents reported that CBG is more effective than standard pharmacotherapy in treating anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.
How Do I Take CBG?
When looking for CBG, there are three different options to consider. Depending on your needs, it’s helpful to understand a few differences between the following CBG products. For example, if you’re wary of THC, you may want to look into a CBG isolate. Conversely, if you want a more potent “shot” of relaxation before bed, consider a full-spectrum CBD oil containing a small amount of CBG.
1. Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
Firstly, consider Full Spectrum CBD oil, as it contains the entire range of cannabis properties, including terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids. Not only will you benefit from CBG, but also other compounds, such as THC and CBD. A 2017 psychiatry report suggested that CBD (cannabidiol) may have therapeutic potential in treating insomnia.
Before bed, take 1 milliliter (1ml), as marked on the dropper. Hold under your tongue for 30 seconds.
2. CBG Isolate
Once in a while, such as in between jobs, you might want to catch some z’s without the fear of a surprise drug test, in which case, consider going with CBG Isolate. Although there’s not enough THC (0.3%) in Full-Spectrum CBD to make you high, some might be more comfortable not consuming any psychedelic compounds. CBG Isolate comes in a powder form and is THC-free.
Mix in one tablespoon (1 Tbs) with a smoothie or your food (tasteless and odorless).
3. Our Specially Formulated Sleep Aid Tincture
For insomnia, your best bet is Eden’s Herbal’s specially formulated Sleep Aid Tincture. For one thing, it’s developed with proprietary cannabinoids specifically isolated to help improve sleep. You’ll skip to the cannabinoids thought most responsible for quality sleep - CBD, CBG, and CBN (Cannabinol). A byproduct of THC, CBN helps promote relaxation and decrease inflammation.
For first-time users, place a few drops under your tongue before bed. After you’re comfortable, take 1 milliliter (1ml) every night.
How Long Does It Take CBG To Work?
This is not a one-size-fits-all question. It depends on several factors, including:
- Body Size: Your weight and metabolism determine how fast your liver processes CBG
- CBG Strength: While Full-Spectrum CBD, especially a 1,000 mg variety like our Cinnamon CBD oil, offers an entire spectrum of cannabinoids, you’ll get a whopping 600 mg CBG with our sleep-aid tincture.
- Timing: If you’re looking for maximum sleep effects, taking CBG works best. If you’re taking it before a workout, you’ll most likely burn off any calming effects CBG might offer.
- Dosing Factors: Take 1-2ml of CBG one hour before bed to improve sleep. For CBG oil, hold it under your tongue for up to one minute (no less than 30 seconds).
Does CBG Have Any Side Effects?
As always, consult your primary care physician before starting a CBG or CBD product regimen. Follow the dosing recommendations listed on your product, as well. That being said, there are no adverse effects from consuming CBD or CBD-related products. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) official statement on CBD is that it’s safe and well-tolerated.
That being said, there may be some side effects - especially if you take more than the suggested amount. Side effects include nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. Most side effects, however, go away after a relatively short time (around three hours). Start by taking much less than the recommended amount to limit side effects and gradually build CBG up in your system before moving on to full dosage.
Because of its scarcity, CBG is much more expensive to extract than CBD or THC. If you find a company that sells it, snag a bottle quickly. Before pulling the trigger, look for these things:
- Is CBG sourced from organic hemp (meaning no pesticides)?
- Does the company have a certificate of analysis, ensuring potency and purity?
- Do they use the CO2 extraction process, which removes harmful residues?
- What about extra costs (do they offer free shipping)?
*These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. Medical advice should be taken from a medical professional.
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Individuals should learn the risks and side effects prior to taking CBD. Make sure to always check with a medical professional before starting any new CBD treatment or medication that is not FDA approved.