How to Use Hemp Cannabinoids for Better Sleep: CBD, Delta-8 & THC-O
September 06, 20225 min read
How to Use Hemp Cannabinoids for Better Sleep: CBD, Delta-8 & THC-O
Sleep is one of the most important parts of our lives as humans, but sometimes it can be a little hard to stay or go to sleep. Many products help you achieve better sleep, but some may never work. This article looks at how hemp cannabinoids might just be used to help you get quality sleep.
Insomnia isn't new, and people worldwide have been affected by this condition. Whether the cause of insomnia is a stressful event or other physical inhibitors, there might be a way of battling it. Taking cannabinoids such as CBD, Delta and THC-0 might help you get a night of better quality sleep with better sleeping patterns. How can these compounds work out for each individual? This article discusses these compounds and how they might help you get better sleep.
What are CBD, Delta 8, and THC-0?
The cannabis plant has over one hundred compounds that are found in the plant, and many of these compounds have amazing effects. CBD and THC are cannabinoids that are most dominant in the cannabis plant. However, CBD is found in low content in the Marijuana plant and high contents in the Hemp plant, while THC is vice versa. THC-O is a synthetic cannabis compound derived from hemp, and as the name suggests, it is very similar to its parent compound, THC. THC-O is an ester of THC; consumers have even claimed it is more psychedelic than THC and other cannabinoids. Although this compound is new to the cannabis industry, it has been gaining popularity fast as more users demand it.
Another close compound to THC is Delta-8 THC which, unlike THC-O, is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in small traces in the cannabis plant. The chemical structure of Delta-8 THC is very similar to that of Delta-9, which is the normal THC that is smoked. However, Delta 8 is thought to cause a milder 'high' than Delta 9. Bozman et al. (2022) showed that it also offers a euphoric, fuzzy feeling normal to using THC. Although all these compounds are cannabinoids, they each have their unique structure and are found in different ways in the cannabis plant; they also offer unique effects when taken in.
How Do You Use CBD, Delta 8, and THC-O for Sleep?
Various government experiments first used THC-O as a non-lethal sedative, and its properties have recently become the headline. This cannabinoid has a more powerful experience than Delta-9 THC as it can affect muscle and nervous system functions. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) are neurotransmitters found in the body and are responsible for the sleep and wake cycle of the body. GABA is responsible for controlling nerve impulses and promoting restful sleep; when this neurotransmitter is too active or present, it can adversely affect the body and contribute to sleeping disorders. Laaris et al. (2010) showed that THC-O works by promoting the production of GABA in the body to promote a night of more peaceful sleep. Because CBD and Delta 8 interact with the CB1 and CB2 cells in the body, Bozman et al. (2022) revealed that they can regulate some of the body's functions, such as stress, mood, appetite, and sleepiness.
CBD and Delta 8 interact with the endocannabinoid system and can help reduce stress, which might help you sleep more quickly. Delta 8 works by calming down the processes of breathing, heart rate, and anxiety levels which can help you get better quality of sleep. These products have more than just the ability to calm you down and promote better sleep; Bribois et al. (2011) commented that a better sleeping pattern means that your health improves with time.
How to Use Delta 8, CBD, and THC-O for Better Sleep
CBD builds up in the body when using it over time; therefore, you might find yourself using just a small dosage of CBD, or it might take you a shorter time before the effects of CBD kick in. If you wish to use CBD products to improve sleeping patterns, use a consistent dosage over time to keep your bodily functions running smoothly. A smooth running endocannabinoid system means you will have an improved sleeping pattern. Pava et al. (2016) concluded that genetics and body physique goes a long way toward influencing your dosage.
You can use Delta 8 in similar ways as CBD, and some users recommend taking Delta 8 in the evening about one hour before sleeping because it takes about 15 to 90 minutes to feel the effects of Delta 8. You can use Delta 8 similarly to THC-O, which is used when it is best needed. You can use these products to relax and take a similar time to Delta 8 before the effects of these compounds are felt.
What Is the Right Dosage to Use the Products?
The FDA has not approved any dosage of CBD products; therefore, take your time when finding the right dosage to take for sleep. The number of cannabinoid products needed to feel the effects might be different from person to person depending on the genetics, tolerance, and the amount of cannabinoid taken. If it is your first time using these cannabinoids, start with a low dosage and move to higher dosages before finding the right sweet spot to feel the effects of these cannabinoids. However, about 25mg of CBD per day is enough to have them in a wonderland, while about 10mg of Delta 8 is what they need to fall asleep, depending on their tolerance.
Getting quality sleep, especially in this stressful modern world, can sometimes be hard for some people. Insomnia is a problem that affects many people; people are trying out every solution to help them get better sleep. Recent research has suggested that cannabis products might be the key to better sleep and cannabinoids such as CBD, Delta 8, and THC-O. Emerging research has suggested that these products might interact with the body to calm anxiety and stress levels for a better sleeping experience. Try out these products and join the many who have opted to use cannabis to improve their sleep.
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