It’s impossible to overstate the value of a good night’s sleep. In fact, studies show links between sleep deprivation and obesity, diabetes, hypertension, mood disorders and even reduced life expectancy.
Ever since Cannabidiol (CBD) started taking the supplement market by storm, we’ve learned a lot about its many benefits, including CBD’s role as a sleep aid. It presents a natural alternative to the prescription sleep medications used by millions of people, which can become habit-forming and addictive.
If you’re new to the CBD world, it’s only natural to ask how this product will help you sleep. The short answer is that terpenes and CBD interact to create the “entourage effect” – a synergistic relationship that makes cannabinoids effective. Let’s see what this means and also look at the terpenes that help promote a restful night.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes form part of our endocannabinoid system. What does this big word mean? Put simply, it’s an organised network filled with receptors built to detect cannabinoids and terpenes. CBD binds with the CB2 receptors in our bodies to control things like the immune system, relaxation, pain reception, pleasure and memory – to name a few.
Of course, different terpenes play different roles inside us, including sleep. We’ll look at those shortly.
What is the Entourage Effect?
Do you know that familiar adage, “no man is an island”? That also applies to cannabinoids and terpenes. Without terpenes to act alongside CBD, the cannabinoids won’t have the same “punch” needed for us to get the most out of our supplements. It amplifies the effect of both the CBD (or THC) and terpenes.
As we said earlier, terpenes each have a job in our endocannabinoid system. When we add these “sleepy” terpenes to our body through CBD supplements, they theoretically promote relaxation and sleep.
Myrcene plays a key role in various areas. Most importantly, it’s claimed to be a sedative and muscle relaxant. In fact, it’s been found to be responsible for the physically incapacitating effects of cannabis; but since we’re dealing with CBD, you feel relaxed without the psychoactive effects (“high”) of THC.
Theoretically, linalool provides a restful night by helping reduce stress, anxiety and depression – all of which are things that can cause insomnia.
Another powerful sleep terpene, terpinolene is said to have powerful sedative effects, arguably similar to myrcene’s. It has been reported to compel you to remain as immobile as possible by inhibiting your desire to become active.
a-Pinene is an interesting terpene. Found in many different plants, this chemical allegedly suppresses activity and increases sleep duration; however, researchers also found that, in strong enough concentrations, it can actually have an “excitatory effect.” In other words, too much will actually achieve the opposite of its intended use. Not to worry, though; just follow your product’s dosing instructions and you’ll be fine.
Like a-Pinene, phytol also discourages movement, leading to lengthier sleep.
We understand the role of the entourage effect and sleep terpenes, which is why they’re an integral part of our Tranquil range of Vape Pen Kits, Pre-filled Carts, 1ml, 5ml & 10ml Refills. You will also find Sleep Terpenes in our new CBD Oils, Pastes and Terpenes.