Don’t laugh at me for saying this, but sleep is having a moment. How can something we all need in order to function be co-opted into “trend” status? I don’t know, ask the mainstream media. But if the proliferation of sleep-related products and services is anything to go by—hello, Arianna Huffinghton’s Thrive Global, Parachute Linen, Brooklinen, Lunya sleepwear—consumers (that’s us) are in dire need of a good night’s sleep and we’ll try anything to get one.
Between 50 to 70 million US adults have a sleep disorder, according to the Sleep Association, with short-term insomnia reported by about 30 percent of adults and chronic insomnia by 10 percent. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention goes as far as saying that one in three adults don’t get enough sleep. I wonder why? *Resumes staring into smartphone until 11pm.*
Clearly, we have a problem. But thankfully, cannabis and specifically cannabinoids like CBN or cannabinol and CBD or cannabidiol are on the forefront of changing this. While everyone agrees more studies are needed, researchers say cannabis may help rock us to sleepy land and reduce our anxiety in the process. Anecdotally, I echo my scientist friends. Since taking CBD daily, I’ve slept much more soundly—including making a lot less “I can’t breathe”-esque sounds that point to a sleep apnea diagnosis waiting to happen.
And I know I’m not the only one. So if you’re looking for a sleep routine that’ll truly relax your system, start here. These are the eight best products for sleep.
Stop, Drop, Sleep
When shopping for a sleep-friendly CBD, you want “full spectrum”, sure, but you’re also going to want elevated levels of cannabinoids, especially CBN—it’s not known as a valium substitute for nothing. And this organic tincture from Colorado-based Plant People has all the CBN and some CBD. Expect sleepiness in 3, 2, 1…
A full body moisturizer sesh, post-shower, will put me right to sleep, TBH. But when it’s a moisture-rich body oil full of calming plant extracts like chamomile, lavender, frankincense, and (obviously) CBD? Just wrap me in swaddling and call me a baby, because I’ll be sleeping like one. And, if all goes well, so will you after using this Apothecanna favorite.
BEBOE isn’t called the “Hermes of Cannabis” for nothing; not only are their offerings chic as shit, but they work. In the case of their exclusive CBD vape pen, that means inhaling a big gulp of calm and (in my experience, anyway) feeling it almost instantly. Keep one on your bedside table and take a hit before you close your eyes. You won’t regret it.
The Perfect Blend
This tincture offers a unique, sleep-focussed blend of 1:1 cannabinoids and terpenes to relax the body and ease the mind. Just sit or lay back, relax, and enjoy the wave of CBN, CBD, and therapeutic terpenes as it washes over you. And for God’s sake, stay off your phone before bed. Your messed up body clock will thank you for it.
When you’re busy and exhausted, being told to take a one-hour CBD infused bath doesn’t seem ~super~ feasible. Where do these people find the time?! We feel you, and we have a suggestion; a patch! This lil’ sucker from The Good Patch is perfect for sticking on quicker than you can say “I’m tired”. Just let nature do the rest.
Sleepy Little Pill
In a similar spirit of quick and easy fixes for very tired people, meet Plant People. These Colorado-based CBD lords know you don’t have all night, so just shovel one of there calming CBD capsules in your mouth and hit the hay. Not only will their full-spectrum CBD destress you, they come with clinical strength adaptogenic herbs to boost your brain and body functions. Yay, you!
Getting a good night’s sleep and CBD tinctures go well together. It’s just a fact. With Bloom Farm’s “Relieve” tincture, the goal is creating an overall sense of wellness. Which, more often than not, involves evening relaxation and restful sleep according to the Californian company. Also, Bloom Farms has a one-for-one social impact promise, so every bottle you buy is helping deliver food to people who need it. Reason to sleep easy.
Creme de la Snooze
In case you’re wondering, I don’t take the decision to put Apothecanna in this round up twice lightly; they just deserve it. Especially where sleep and calming vibes are concerned. Free of all artificial ingredients, fillers, parabens or GMOs, you apply this creme directly to your temples, chest or pulse points. Just breathe deep and melt away.