8 Best CBD Candies for Sleep and Pain in 2023
Whether you struggle with night pains or just can’t get to sleep before bed, hemp gum is a great way to prepare for a snooze.*
Research into cannabidiol (CBD) as a sleep aid is in its early stages, but it shows promise. AND 2020 review1 the cannabinoid has been found to promote a sense of calmness, which helps to avoid the fear of falling asleep.*
Retrospective applied research of 20192 echoes these findings; over 66% of patients who took CBD saw an improvement in their sleep scores within the first month. Medical cannabis expert Dave Gordon, MD, a board-certified physician in both internal medicine and integrative medicine, offers similar anecdotal evidence.
“Although CBD does not make people drowsy like traditional sleeping pills, many people report that taking CBD helps them sleep,” explains Gordon. He attributes this effect to the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a body system that plays a key role in a variety of body functions, including sleep.
Your ECS is made up of two parts: cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. Your body can produce cannabinoids called endocannabinoids, or they can be taken into your body from plants (phytocannabinoids).
When you consume hemp-derived CBD, you introduce new cannabinoids into your ECS. According to Gordon, this improves the functioning of the system, which can have a positive effect on your sleep.
“Furthermore, discomfort and stress are common causes of poor sleep, and CBD can help with these symptoms, allowing people to rest more easily*,” he adds.
Integrative physician and holistic health practitioner, Jun Chin, DO agrees. “CBD directs the brain to activate the parasympathetic nervous system3, which induces a state of calm,” she says. “CBD can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and help you get a more restful night’s sleep.”*