Don’t try taking CBD as a sedative because it’s not going to work

I have struggled with on and off insomnia since I was a teenager. Back then I would lay in bed for two hours and couldn’t get my mind to quiet itself enough where I could finally drift off to sleep peacefully. It didn’t take long for me to turn to diphenhydramine to use as a sleeping aid. I was already taking the over the counter drug for my chronic allergy problems, so at least it wasn’t just a sleep aid in my regimen. Some of the people who I knew closely in college were resistant towards trying sleep aids out of fear that they wouldn’t be able to sleep without them. One of these kids wouldn’t even take melatonin capsules because he thought he’d develop a tolerance to them in a matter of days. Recently I’ve seen people using all sorts of herbs as sleep aids, including kava and valerian root. However, I would never recommend someone use pure CBD as a sleep aid. Despite what some think, CBD by itself is not sedating. For some people, it feels like a stimulant at the psychoactive level. This melts anxiety for some and pain for others. If you want a sedating hemp product, find CBD that features the terpene myrcene as an additive. Full spectrum CBD products are usually made from a strain-specific batch of hemp flowers and will contain whatever terpenes that are dominant for that particular strain. If you find a hemp strain with lots of myrcene inside with the CBD, the effects will be much more sedating than pure CBD by itself.


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