Sleep hygiene is a concept that is getting more attention in recent years, something that can play a key role for insomnia sufferers in getting a good night’s sleep. As we all know, getting a good night’s sleep is key to being able to focus during the day, so we wanted to do a deeper dive into the nuances of herbal medicine to support JADEO readers on their quest for deep, therapeutic rest!
Sleep experts typically recommend creating a soothing sleep environment devoid of electronic distractions, avoiding caffeine and other stimulants in the hours before bed, and establishing a nighttime routine. These habits can all help you achieve that sought after well-rested feeling in the morning.
Our recent deep dive into cannabinoids for sleep illuminated the role of CBN, a little-known cannabinoid with medically identified sedative effects. Because a good night’s rest is so important for overall health and healing, we wanted to explore further and look at what other herbal therapies go hand in hand with cannabis for sleep?
Best Terpenes For A Calming, Sedating Effect
The tweet from Green Relief is true! Scientists are working to demystify the effects of terpenes on properties of cannabis, and as they uncover more of the connection between the scent profiles and powers of the plant, we can use their findings to select the best weed strains for sleep.
First, you may be wondering - what are terpenes?
Terpenes can be defined as “any of a large group of volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants, especially conifers and citrus trees” and can be found in the same glands that produce THC and CBD.
Female cannabis plants, especially, produce trichomes (the small fuzzy and crystal-like) hairs found on buds, which produce THC, CBD, flavonoids, and terpenes.
Terpenes, not only give your smoke its aroma and colour, but terpenes are also known to have a variety of medicinal attributes that are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and can benefit people suffering from the likes of asthma, depression, chronic pain, and much more.
While we are discovering that a range of terpenes are good for anxiety or nervousness, one particular terpene, called myrcene, is known to have a sedating effect which is helpful to induce sleep. Also found in mangos, lemongrass and thyme - it’s benefits include pain reduction, relief from inflammation and antioxidant properties.
Best Essential Oils For Sleep + Relaxation
As mentioned, the terpenes in cannabis are found in the essential oils of many other plants. Many of these plants have had traditional medicinal uses for hundreds of years. Some of these traditional medicinal uses include calming or sleep-inducing effects. Some of the popular favourites are found in lavender, chamomile, ylang-ylang, neroli, and cedarwood.
Best Herbal Teas or Tinctures For Sleep
Not surprisingly using many of the same herbs in teas and tinctures can also help lull you to sleep. In addition to common herbs lavender and chamomile, we suggest strong herbs that may not have as pleasing aromatic profiles, such as passionflower, valerian or hops to help knock you out. Both infusing herbs as a tea or taking them orally as a potent extraction (tincture) are wonderful ways to use the power of natural medicine to guide the body to a restful state. Combining the powers of herbal medicine with optimal sleep hygiene practices should send you well on your way to restful zzzs.
Remember to always consult a medical professional before starting any new health care regimen.
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