Melatonin Alternatives: CBD and CBN for Sleep

Insomnia happens to the best of us. We close our eyes to try and fall asleep, only to have a night of restlessness. Despite all our best efforts, we spend the night tossing and turning and doing anything but sleep. Even though it feels like we are, we aren’t alone – the CDC states that 35% of Americans report sleeping less than the recommended 7 hours per night.

When insomnia hits, a common recommendation is to take a melatonin supplement, but what about taking CBN or cannabinol? Chances are you haven’t heard of CBN being used as a sleep solution, but it is growing in popularity. When sleep has the power to affect anything from your mood, concentration, and memory to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, it’s something none of us want to mess with.

In addition to melatonin, many CBD and hemp products are marketed as helping with sleep, but have inconsistent results. While CBD has shown potential to help aid in pain, inflammation and anxiety (all things that can keep you up at night), there are also cases in which it’s used in small doses to boost focus and energy. On the other hand, the primary effect that consumers have experienced with CBN is sedation. By combining CBD and CBN, there’s potential to reduce lingering pain and anxiety from a long day in addition to lulling you to sleep.

Opposed to relying on full spectrum, Vlasic Labs specializes in isolating these compounds to create targeted solutions for specific problems. With CBN and CBD isolate as a primary ingredient, there is a now natural and plant-based alternative to melatonin.

Is Melatonin Bad?

Yes and No. Let’s start with what is melatonin and how does it work? Melatonin is a hormone that we naturally produce. When it gets dark outside, our eyes send a message to our brain that it is time for bed. Melatonin is the message. In the modern times, we often go to bed with blue light in our eyes from TV’s, computers, and smart phones. This delays the message from being sent, so to compensate people frequently take synthetic melatonin in a pill or drink to send the message. Many over the counter melatonin products have anywhere from 5mg to 20mg per serving. This is the bad part. You don’t need that much melatonin. Only .3mg to 2mg are typically required for the message to be sent.  Taking too much synthetic melatonin and doing so on a nightly basis can have serious negative effects including:

  • You may become dependent on synthetic melatonin and your body will stop naturally producing it.
  • You could have difficulty waking up or be drowsy upon waking
  • It can affect the production of other hormones in your body potentially interfering with:
    • Birth control and menstrual cycles
    • Development during puberty
    • Overproduction of prolactin leading to liver and kidney damage

As you age, taking melatonin may become necessary, but if you’re young, it might be time to consider a natural alternative.

 

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