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Think You’ve Tried Everything for Your Sleep Issues? Enter CBD…
As editor-in-chief and co-founder of Miss Grass , an elevated lifestyle shop and publication for women and cannabis, Anna Duckworth has tried cannabis for everything from sex to cooking. And now, she’s sharing her cannabis knowledge with Well+Good. Today, she takes on a topic we’re all more than a little bit obsessed with over here: how to get a better sleep.
We are an exhausted nation: Roughly 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. And, considering lack of sleep can lead to mood and personality changes, we’re a cranky one, too. To put it simply, we’re tired of being tired and we’re looking for solutions.
Cannabis—CBD (cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis that’s cropping up in everything from lotions to lattes) in particular—is a tantalizing alternative to the typical Ambien prescription or medicine cabinet full of melatonin that, according to Elizabeth Cramer Ernst, nurse practitioner and owner of the medical marijuana clinic Hamptons Medi Spa, could provide significant relief for insomniacs. In recent studies, CBD has shown promising signs of being both an effective and safe way to get more zzz’s, although much more research needs to be done before definitive conclusions can be drawn.
Through the fog that comes with pulling unintended all-nighters night after night, however, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that difficulty sleeping is very rarely just that. It’s almost certainly the result of an underlying condition. For many people, a lack of sleep comes down to anxiety—which, as we know, can be attributed to any number of external or internal factors from PTSD to financial strain. For others, sleepless nights are rooted in something physical, like chronic pain or restless leg syndrome. That’s why there’s truly no one-size-fits-all solution for sleep problems—including cannabis.
To find the best way for you to use cannabis or CBD oil for sleep, follow these three steps. And remember, it’s important to speak with your doctor before adding any new supplements to your routine.
1. Get to know your options
Cannabis remains illegal for recreational and/or medical use in many states. The good news for the canna-curious who live in a state that’s still under prohibition is that the passing of the Farm Bill in late 2018 federally legalized hemp, the cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive compound known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). And that means you can now legally access a whole range of hemp-derived cannabis products no matter where you live.
If you’re experienced with products that contain THC, know that some amount of the high-inducing compound can be effective in treating sleep disorders. But if you’re new to the cannabis party, it’s recommended to start with non-intoxicating cannabis products. These contain a high concentration of other active compounds—like the ever popular CBD (cannabidiol) or the lesser known but powerful sedative CBN (cannabinol)—that work by activating a network of receptors in the body known as the endocannabinoid system. Ultimately, your job is to test and try different products to find the dose just right for you.
2. Identify your main sleep issues
Everybody and every body is different. When you’re deciding on a course of treatment for sleep issues, first ask yourself this question: Do you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both?
According to Cramer Ernst, when using cannabis or CBD oil for sleep, there are a range of products from short-acting ones that can help you fall asleep fast to long-acting ones that can help you stay asleep, so you want to make sure you pick the one that addresses your particular ailment.
A vaporizer like the Her Highness Sleeping Beauty Vape Pen is considered short-acting because it takes effect in less than 10 minutes and is great for people who need help falling asleep. A tincture under the tongue, like Mineral’s Robyn for Sleep, is considered medium-acting because it takes 20 minutes to kick in and lasts between four and five hours. And then there are the edibles or capsules, like Plant People’s Be Calm Caps, which can take up to two hours to take effect but typically last between six and eight hours. (These long-acting ones are a great bet for people who can nod off easily but need help staying asleep.)
3. Integrate CBD into your sleep hygiene routine
So many of us stay up late working or scrolling through Instagram and don’t shut off our screens until it’s way too late (guilty!). Blue light from the screens has been proven to interrupt sleep dramatically and, experts say, should be avoided for up to four hours before bedtime. That’s not realistic for a lot of us, but even putting your phone down and turning off the TV an hour before you snuggle between the sheets can make a difference. It also helps to keep a regular sleep schedule so your body can start to anticipate the routine and begin shutting down without you having to force it.
One easy way to ease off the tech and begin regularizing your sleep habits is to create a bedtime ritual for yourself (with or without CBD—but, me being me, I vote for “with”). Practice meditation if that’s your jam, spritz your skin and bed with a soothing lavender spray, dim the lights, and give yourself a little massage with something like Apothecanna’s Calming Body Oil. One of my favorite tricks is to take a CBD bath with Vertly CBD Bath Salts or the CBD Bliss Bath Bomb, which Cramer Ernst says works by being absorbed into your skin. The mood-boosting power of a good soak plus CBD could be just the ticket to Dreamland you’ve been after.
Why are Celebs Rubbing CBD on Their Feet?
When some celebrities stepped out onto the red carpet for the recent Golden Globe Awards, they did so with CBD slathered on their feet. Seriously.
So why exactly are celebs rubbing CBD on their feet?
Take it from celeb stylist Kara Welch. “Pain and wellness cream with CBD is the absolute CURE for aching feet on the red carpet.”
E! style expert Zanna Roberts says, “One great trick that a lot of celebrities in LA use is CBD cream on their feet, because it numbs the pain.”
The wellness cream both celeb stylists are referring to is made by Lord Jones, a California-based cannabis company that InStyle referred to as “perhaps the most stylish cannabis brand on the evolving market.”
According to Cindy Capobianco, owner of Lord Jones, “Whether they’re using it on their feet before they walk down the red carpet [or] whether they use it for joint pain … we feel incredibly grateful and blessed that [celebrities] have found their own and very different kinds of relief.”
Lord Jones, after all, is no stranger to celebrities endorsing their products.
In 2018, Mandy Moore said in regards to the Golden Globes, “This year I’m trying CBD oil on my feet, which my stylist recommended. I asked her if there was some kind of numbing cream and she was like, “No! [Try] Lord Jones CBD Oil…I could be floating this year.”
Celeb stylist Karla Welch recently gave a big shout out to CBD and Lord Jones on Instagram :
“A shout out to my friends @thelordjones Their pain and wellness cream with CBD is the absolute CURE for aching feet on the red carpet. Don’t worry, your feet ain’t going to get high but this miracle cream is going to make a long #GoldenGlobes evening much more fun. So, until designers learn how to make a stiletto as comfy as sneakers, @thelordjones is in my styling kit.”
At $60 per bottle, the Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion is comparable to other CBD lotions on the market…only its one celebs are going gaga over.
And it’s not just for their feet that celebs are using CBD.
Celebrities, it seems, are using CBD for all kinds of different reasons.
Why So Many Celebs Swear By CBD
The number of celebrities that use CBD are aplenty.
Jennifer Aniston is one who told Us Weekly that, “CBD helps with pain, stress, and anxiety. It has all the benefits of marijuana without the high.”
Brazilian Victoria’s Secret supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio is another who expressed that her secret for prepping “mind, body, and soul” before doing a big fashion show in 2017.
“The most important thing to do [to prep for the Victoria’s Secret Show] is to sleep eight hours the night before,” Ambrosio said . “It’s hard because the mind gets anxious, so I try CBD oil and I think it helps.”
When he was 29 years-old, Back to the Future star Michael J Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Fox says, “If there’s anything that working with CBD oil has shown me is that there is always hope. Even for the hopeless.”
Parkinson’s, which affects some 10 million people worldwide, is the second-most common neurological disorder after Alzheimer’s disease.
A 2018 study found that CBD helped in the reduction of psychotic symptoms and sleep patterns of Parkinson’s patients.
While CBD wasn’t found to improve motor function, it did significantly improve quality of life.
Fox, who created the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research, even featured a blog about the benefits of medical marijuana for Parkinson’s disease, citing studies where CBD was found to be helpful for Parkinson’s patients.
Olivia Wilde is another well-known actress who has also praised Lord Jones CBD. She recently had the following to say to the New York Times :
“Another thing I’m a huge believer in, in terms of body care: I’ve been using this body lotion that has CBD from marijuana. It’s called Lord Jones, and I discovered it through my friends in L.A. Recently I did a play on Broadway for six months, and my body was wrecked. My neck was really tight. The CBD has relaxing benefits, and the idea is to avoid using too many painkillers.”*
* Correction: Lord Jones CBD is not derived from marijuana. It’s entirely hemp-derived CBD.
The Celebrity Status of CBD
It’s no secret that CBD’s become one of the hottest natural health trends to hit the market possibly ever.
Projected to be a $22 billion market by 2022, CBD sales aren’t showing any signs of slowing down any time soon.
And celebrities, forever on the forefront of all things trending, have embraced the CBD market as much as the rest of the world.
Faith Popcorn , futurist and founder of BrainReserve, says the CBD trend “is getting more glamorous, more designed, more stylish.”
According to AdAge, “In Los Angeles, there’s a growing movement toward the CBD ‘power lunch’, which even for L.A. seems extreme. At downtown restaurant Spring, three CBD-infused courses will cost you $37.”
Los Angeles, however, is a city known for being extreme.
And those who embrace the lifestyles of the rich and famous are touting CBD to be the next big thing.
Capobianco says, “Everyone comes to this conversation with their own preconceived notions and their own experiences. We’re asking people to take a gigantic leap of faith with our products. We keep it real. All the attention we’ve received is earned. No celebrity has spoken on our behalf for any reason other than they use the product and they love it.”
From rubbing CBD on their feet for red carpet relief to using CBD to help with stress, anxiety, and more, celebs are discovering CBD is just about famous as they are.
CBD Oil On Feet For Sleep
Cbd on the bottom of your feet helps you fall asleep. I need to try it again tonight. But, it worked last night for me.
CBD, it is one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.