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CBD and CBN for Sleep: What You Need to Know
CBD and CBN for sleep

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Cannabidiol (CBD) has quickly surged in popularity to become one of the leading all-natural supplements on today’s market. It is widely used to treat stress and anxiety, promote good health, and alleviate certain forms of neurodegenerative diseases like epilepsy.

But one of the most interesting and widespread uses for CBD is as a sleep aid. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support this among the CBD community – and now, we’re getting our first look at scientific research that supports these claims.

What Causes Insomnia in the First Place?

In order to understand how CBD might positively impact sleep habits, it’s important to cover what makes people sleep badly in the first place. Insomnia is complex, and our scientific understanding of it is incomplete, but the medical community knows it can be caused by the following:

  • Mental health disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia can cause insomnia, as can less severe conditions like general anxiety and stress.
  • Medication and drugs can interfere with your body’s natural sleep cycle. Caffeine can play a significant role, even though most people don’t think of it as a psychoactive drug.
  • Physical conditions such as chronic pain, discomfort, or even itchy insect bites can all contribute to sleeplessness.
  • Environmental factors like loud neighbors, uncomfortable beds, or sudden sounds can make it impossible to sleep.

The first two entries in the list above are internal factors, and the last two are external factors. CBD is more likely to work when your insomnia is caused by external factors than by internal ones.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t take CBD if your insomnia stems from anxiety or PTSD. It just means that CBD may not be able to treat the cause of sleeplessness all by itself. There’s a big difference between treating PTSD-related insomnia and bad sleep caused by an uncomfortable bed.

CBD as a Sleep Aid: What the Research Says

A 2019 study discovered that 47 out of 72 patients reported better sleep after taking 25 mg of CBD before bed. An earlier study found a considerable amount of evidence to support the idea that CBD can help promote a good night’s rest in people who experience chronic pain.

What About CBN As a Sleep Aid?

Cannabinol (CBN) is an all-natural cannabinoid ingredient very similar in structure to CBD. There is considerably less research on CBN currently available, but it is making waves as a potential melatonin replacement due to its non-psychoactive sedative abilities. 

Unlike CBD, which is a cannabinoid with a broad range of positive effects, CBN is more narrowly focused on insomnia relief. Instead of reducing inflammation, for instance, CBN’s anxiety-reducing effects are far more pronounced.

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Sources:

https://www.cnet.com/health/sleep/how-cbn-may-help-you-sleep-better/
https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-for-insomnia#research
Health & Wellness
4 Reasons to take CBD: Ensure Wellness for Body and Mind
4 reasons to take CBD

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

CBD can have a positive impact on many physical and mental ailments

4 reasons to take CBD: This all-natural compound helps people of all ages make the most of their health and wellness routine. As a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant, it offers a wide range of therapeutic benefits to people who want a safe, healthy alternative to traditional health supplements.

People who suffer from illness can have trouble managing pain, sleeping well, and reducing the impact of stress on their daily lives. CBD can play a vital role in helping people live fruitful, energetic lives while relieving the symptoms of a variety of ailments.

4 Reasons to Incorporate CBD Into Your Wellness Routine

Cannabis has played a therapeutic role in treating and alleviating illness for millennia. Ancient Chinese physicians knew the power of CBD and prescribed it for headaches, pain, insomnia, anemia, and more. They did not have a scientific understanding of the human body’s endocannabinoid system, but they had a deep understanding of natural health and wellness.

Many of the underlying reasons ancient peoples prescribed cannabis are still relevant today. They include some of the benefits that CBD offers to people who wish to improve their wellness routine. Some of these benefits include:

  • Improved Stress Management. CBD has great potential as a stress-relieving treatment. It has been shown to reduce stress in animal tests, which is encouraging news for those of us waiting for human clinical trials to publish their data. It has already shown promise in treating PTSD symptoms, which plays well into its capability as a general stress-reliever.
  • Healthy Sleep. In the United States, 70% of adults report having trouble sleeping at least one night a month. One out of every ten reports getting insufficient sleep every single night. CBD can help regulate the body’s internal clock and reduce stress, giving people the ability to sleep better and more regularly than they could before. PTSD sufferers have reported having fewer nightmares while taking CBD, as well, underscoring its effectiveness as a sleep aid.
  • Mood and Emotional Regulation. CBD can have a positive impact on mood and emotional regulation, helping people combat stress, anxiety, and depression. Many people prefer to use all-natural CBD in addition to their prescribed medication, indicating a place for improved mood regulation through the endocannabinoid system.
  • Exercise and Fitness. CBD has well-known anti-inflammatory effects, which makes it an ideal addition to an exercise or fitness routine. When you work out, your body breaks down muscle fibers and builds stronger ones in their place, triggering an inflammatory response. CBD can help reduce soreness and pain associated with fitness activities.

Should You Start Taking CBD Now?

If your goal is to maintain health and wellbeing, there is every indication that taking CBD will help you establish a positive baseline for your wellness routine. If you wish to alleviate the negative symptoms of stress, sleeplessness, or physical pain, CBD may also play a vital role. Consult your physician for advice on taking CBD for serious or life-threatening ailments.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-for-anxiety#what-research-says
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnins.2018.00502/full
https://jcannabisresearch.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s42238-021-00061-5
https://www.sleephealth.org/sleep-health/the-state-of-sleephealth-in-america/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/
https://cannabotech.com/2021/06/25/cbd-benefits-for-wellness-routine/
Pet CarePet CBD
The Benefits of CBD for Pets: Why Give Pets CBD?

Learn why pet owners are giving their animal companions special CBD products.

benefits of cbd for pets

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Benefits of CBD for Pets

Pet owners are a growing segment discovering the benefits of CBD for pets in the United States. People are using high-quality CBD products to treat animal anxiety, alleviate pain, and more.

Often, these are people who understand the benefits of using CBD first-hand. It’s only natural that they want to share their positive experience with their animal companions.

But we should be cautious about what we give our pets. Human beings love chocolate – but it’s toxic for cats and dogs. Pet owners should be careful to only give their pets products that are safe for their unique digestive systems.

How CBD Works for Animals

CBD works by binding to receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. In humans, this can generate pain-relieving and stress-reducing effects. It also has been shown to reduce the severity of epileptic seizures and lower inflammation throughout the body.

Animals also have endocannabinoid systems. Mammals like dogs and cats have systems very similar to ours, but those are also present in birds, fish, and some invertebrates. Only insects and protozoa seem to lack these near-universal systems.

This means that CBD definitely works on pets. It also means it’s probably safer for dogs and cats than for non-mammals. Several small studies have shown significant positive benefits to giving CBD to pets:

  • A Cornell University study found that dogs with osteoarthritis experienced less pain and increased physical activity when given CBD oil twice a day.
  • Another study found that CBD reduced seizure frequency and severity for dogs with epilepsy.
  • A survey of US veterinarians found that 87% of vets said CBD is helpful for treating dogs with anxiety. More than half also mentioned calming dogs’ phobias of storms and fireworks.

What to Look for in CBD for Pets

The biggest risk when buying CBD products for pets is guaranteeing product purity. Not all CBD products contain 100% pure CBD. Contaminants, heavy metals, and pathogens are just as dangerous for pets as they are for humans.

In fact, there is reason to believe that contaminants may have a more severe effect on animals than on humans, simply due to differences in body weight. Any supplement will have a more pronounced effect on a 15-pound dog than a 150-pound human. Owners of small breeds should take extra caution to purchase chemically pure CBD products that have been tested by certified labs.

CBD product form also matters for pets. Most CBD-based topical treatments are designed for human skin, which is remarkably different from the skin of other mammals. Dogs and cats have different gland structures in the skin, which explains why they cannot sweat, but it also means they cannot absorb topical CBD through the skin the way humans do.

The best CBD products for pets come in treat form. These are specially formulated gummies instilled with a flavor that pets love. Tinctures can also be effective, allowing pet owners to add a few drops of pure CBD oil directly to pet food.

Sources:

https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/cbd-for-pets

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6338022/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6065210/

https://www.aspcapro.org/resource/faqs-about-cbd-use-pets

https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/9/9/686/htm

Pet CarePet CBD
How to give pet CBD?

How to give pet cbd

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

NATURAL, PLANT-BASED PET HEALTH CARE

  1. Pet drops or pet treats?

    To understand how to give your fur baby CBD, you must determine why you want to give it to them. What are your expectations, and how soon do you want the desired results? This will determine whether you should use a fast-acting CBD pet drops or slower pace CBD pet treats. And to top it off pet’s can be picky so you may have to mix the pet drops with their favorite food. Overall CBD pet drops are more robust because they can be added to food, this allows you to control the potency.

  2. Turn on the dog TV channel.

    We encourage adjusting the environment for your pet to complement the desired CBD effects. Some suggestions include making a cozy bed and blanket, preparing a special meal, playing calming music, turning off the lights, keeping it quiet, or turning on the dog tv channel.

  3. Read the label.

    SOPHIA CBD pet drops and pet treats are not for human consumption. Visit our website to find detailed information such as product description, additional information, ingredients, and suggested usage. Pet CBD dosage is determined by the size of the animal as well as the milligrams of CBD being administered. Cat’s tend to be more sensitive to CBD and require less of a dose.

  4. The cat’s meow.

    More is not always better. Therefore you have to experiment to make your fur baby purr, and it may take experimenting a few times. You must continuously measure and balance your dose then adjust according to the response to find the cat’s meow .

  5. Little bark, big bite.

    Give a low dose and wait until after the CBD peaks. For pet drops you can re-dose every 2-4 hours and for edible pet treats you can re-dose every 4-6 hours.

  6. Using SOPHIA Pet Drops

    Shake the bottle very well before using, then squeeze the dropper and squirt oil under your pet’s tongue. Alternatively you can squeeze the dropper directly into your pet’s food and serve it to them with their favorite meal.

Health & Wellness
How to make CBD butter?

Human’s have eaten butter for over 9,000 years, almost as long as they have consumed hemp.

Time needed: 6 hours.

HOW TO MAKE CBD BUTTER

Today’s blog tackles the ago old question of how to make cannabutter, the good news is CBD butter is simple and easy to make because you can prepare it right in your kitchen. And the best part is you can use it to make any of your favorite meals or baked confections like CBD brownies.

  1. Gather ingredients

    CBD hemp flower, butter, water.

  2. Gather supplies

    Cheesecloth, sauce pot, baking sheet, oven, wooden spoon, container to store butter hemp flower grinder.

  3. Determine the potency

    The amount of CBD hemp flower used depends on potency, which is measured in milligrams (mg). If you want your CBD butter to make 12 servings and each serving to contain 20mg of CBD, then you will need 240mg of CBD flower (12 servings x 20mg = 240mg). CBD flower is measured in percent of CBD, therefore 1 gram of CBD flower with 24% CBD will make 240mg CBD (24% of 1g/1,000mg = 240mg).

  4. Decarboxylate the CBD flower

    This very important step when cooking with cannabis and cannot be overlooked. To begin preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit and set your timer for 30 minutes. Simply spread the CBD flower evenly on a baking sheet and cover it with wax paper. Then place it in the oven on the middle rack and bake for thirty minutes. Remember about half way through baking to stir the flower, this will ensure that the flower cooks evenly. The flower is finished baking, when it’s color will changes from light green to dark green.

  5. Grind coarsely

    Use a hand grinder to grind the CBD flower into coarse pieces, be sure not to over grind into powder.

  6. Cooking

    Combine equal amounts of butter and water into a sauce pot, then the oven to a low simmer. Make sure you never bring the mixture to a boil. When the butter begins to melt add the coarsely ground CBD flower. Then let simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

  7. Strain and sift

    Stretch a piece of cheesecloth over the storage container. Make sure the mixture has cooled down before you begin pouring. If the mixture is cool, then slowly pour it over the cheesecloth and be careful that you do not squeeze the cheesecloth.

  8. Refrigerate

    Place the mixture in the refrigerator, and after a few hours the water and butter will separate. Separate the water by pouring it out into a different container, leaving you the CBD butter.

  9. Cooking with CBD butter

    Now that your have learned to make cannabutter, you are almost ready. However before you begin, make sure you are familiar with potency and review step three if you need a refresher. You are now ready to make delectable treats like CBD brownies. Enjoy!

Health & Wellness
How to take CBD?
Best CBD Oil

All my friends know the low rider… low rider is a little higher… low rider drives a little slower

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

HOW TO TAKE CBD OIL?

  1. Determine your goals.

    How much CBD oil should I take is a common question? But there is no one-size-fits-all, and the answer is different for everyone. Therefore we must first understand why you want to use CBD. What are your expectations, and how soon do you want the desired results. This will determine whether you should use a fast-acting tincture or a slower pace edible.

  2. Boost your mood.

    We encourage adjusting your environment to complement the desired CBD effects. Some suggestions are getting cozy, taking a walk, watching a movie, listening to music, or exercising.

  3. Read the label.

    SOPHIA CBD gummies and soft gels provide a description, additional information, ingredients, and suggested usage. Make sure you are familiar with the product, follow the recommended serving size and suggested usage.

  4. Find your sweet spot.

    More is not always better, and this means you have to experiment to find your sweet spot, and it may take experimenting a few times. You must continuously measure and balance your dose and adjust according to the response to find your sweet spot.

  5. Go low and slow.

    Take a low dose and wait until after the CBD peaks. For faster acting tinctures taken sublingually you can re-dose every 2-4 hours. And for slower edibles like gummies and soft gels you can re-dose every 4-6 hours.

  6. Using a tincture.

    Shake the bottle well before using. Use the dropper squirt the oil under your tongue and let it sit for 30-60 seconds. This allows the mucous membrane in your tongue absorb quickly and bypass the digestive system and liver, it takes about 45 minutes for the CBD to activate in your body.

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