People start turning to CBD and THC for insomnia relief as more details emerge. But if you really want to crush those eight hours, you'll need to know the proper CBD/THC ratio foroptimal sleep.
To find the proper CBD/THC ratio, you'll need a little patience, however, as everyone's cannabinoid receptors work differently (more on that later). This post will review the best CBD/THC combo to help you find the ideal ratio for sleep.
How Do Cannabinoids Affect Sleep?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, around 40 million Americans have insomnia yearly. While most of you don't experience insomnia from a chronic standpoint, you might toss and turn occasionally.
Cannabinoids are mother nature's secret weapon to potentially unlocking therapy for various ailments - most notably sleep troubles. Cannabinoids are the compounds within cannabis responsible for therapeutic value.
While there are over 100 cannabinoids present within cannabis, the two most prominent are CBD and THC. Once ingested, cannabinoid receptors, known as CB1 and CB2, send signals to your ECS. Known as the Endocannabinoid System, the ECS regulates most bodily functions, including sleep receptors.
CBD and Sleep
CBD, or cannabidiol, may help sleep by targeting receptors in your brain. A study published in 2017 in Current Psychiatry Reports stated that CBD may help treat insomnia, as well as the following sleep-related disorders:
- REM sleep disorders
- Sleep apnea
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Reduce nightmares associated with PTSD
- Help manage chronic pain
- THC and Sleep
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), while known as the compound responsible for making you high, also has the potential to help you sleep. Traditionally used as medical cannabis, users can now enjoy its benefits without a prescription, thanks to the Farm Bill Act of 2018.
THC essentially acts as a relaxant and can help you unwind - especially before bed. While not all experience the same thing, THC is thought to help with the following sleep-related conditions:
- RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome).
- Chronic sleepiness
What Is CBD /THC Ratio?
CBD/THC ratio is the amount of CBD you're taking vs. the amount of THC in that dose. For example, see the following:
- 1/1: Equal Amount of CBD/THC
- 10/1: Ten times the amount of CBD to THC
- 20/1: Twenty times the amount of CBD to THC
Ideal CBD/THC Ratio for Sleep
Although all mammals have an ECS, there is no 'ideal' ratio. Your ECS is individual to you, and you'll have to tinker with your CBD and THC to find the optimal ratio for better sleep. As a starting point, however, you can use the following ratio:
- 1/1: For experienced users, you're sure to get a psychedelic effect from this ratio.
- 5/1: If you want the full effect of THC and CBD without the intense high.
- 10/1: If you're sensitive to THC, this may be the best ratio option
- 20/1: Ideal for newbies. Almost zero risk of getting high.
Best CBD Tinctures for Sleep
Because THC is legal (up to 0.3% THC), you have several options when choosing CBD for sleep.
Full Spectrum for Sleep
If you want to experience the entire effect of CBD for sleep, consider choosing a full spectrum CBD tincture. The advantage of full spectrum tinctures is they contain all 100 plus cannabinoids present within cannabis, including THC.
When taken together, these cannabinoids work to produce an 'entourage effect' thought to help better your ECS achieve maximum therapeutic value. In addition to CBD and THC, full spectrum tinctures provide the following:
- Terpenes: Beneficial component within all plant life; responsible for taste and smell of the plant.
- Flavonoids: Another beneficial plant component. Responsible for the colors of fruits and vegetables. Research shows flavonoids slow the progression of cancer.
If you're prone to anxiety, a good starting point for insomnia relief would be THC-free CBD and CBD isolate. While you won't experience the full effect of the full spectrum, you should start to notice a relaxing effect.
You can do as much as you need without the fear of getting high or feeling anxious. Once you're comfortable and feel you need an extra boost, you can start taking a THC product.
Even with a full spectrum, there's little chance of getting high at the recommended dose, as the law only permits a maximum of 0.3% THC per bottle.
CBD/CBN/CBG Sleep Aid Tincture
While CBD and THC are the most prominent cannabinoids, there are two additional compounds that researchers have shown may help sleep - CBN and CBG. Our special sleep aid tincture contains a proprietary formula of CBD, CBN, and CBG to help you fall asleep and stay asleep for longer.
What Is CBN?
CBN, or cannabinol, is a THC byproduct usually produced synthetically. Think of CBN as 'THC-lite.' While more research is needed, some benefits of sleep include:
- Helps you relax
- Form of THC, without the 'high'
- Helps appetite
What Is CBG?
Another potent cannabinoid is CBG or cannabigerol. Initially studied for its ability to increase appetite, CBG has emerged as a possible remedy for insomnia. Known as the 'mother cannabinoid,' CBG is the first cannabinoid to develop within the cannabis plant.
Because CBG has to be harvested before the cannabis plant matures, it is challenging to extract. It hasn't been studied as extensively as CBD or THC. Some of the benefits of sleep may include the following:
- Eases depression
- Anxiety relief
- An overall sense of calmness and well-being
Both CBD and THC are beneficial for sleep. If you're new, start a sleep regimen with CBD/THC at the lowest possible dose. For our full-spectrum 1000mg CBD tincture, take a few drops under your tongue before bed.
Eventually, move up to 1 milliliter (1ml), as marked on the dropper. You'll get a nice hit of CBD and THC, along with all other compounds in the cannabis plant. If you want a milder dose of THC for insomnia relief, choose a CBD/CBG/CBN tincture. There's no chance of any psychedelic effect, but you'll notice all the relaxing properties you'd typically get with medical cannabis.
Still not sure? You can always choose our CBD gummies, which contain all the CBD you need for restful sleep - plus, they make a great snack right before you hit the sheets!
If you want to learn more about Best CBD/THC ratio for sleep, contact Eden's Herbals at firstname.lastname@example.org today!
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