My Case for CBD Over Melatonin
Updated: Sep 14
This post is sponsored by Healist Naturals. As always, opinions expressed here are my own
It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, and I’m sure a lot of y’all are experiencing more anxiety and stress than usual! I’ve been dabbling with CBD tinctures for a couple of years now, and finally found an awesome brand that I love. My favorites Probably This posted about Healist Naturals, so I bought their calm drops back at the beginning of quarantine. Healist Naturals was nice enough to gift me some additional products a couple weeks ago, and I was really excited to try them out! I’m really wary about taking medications, so I love that these products come from sustainable and organic farming practices plus are triple-lab tested, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Hold Up, What is CBD? Is That Legal? Will It Get Me High?
CBD has been super trendy the last few years and a lot of people still seem to be a bit confused thinking it’s the same as marijuana and will get you “high” or it’s some sort of naughty illegal substance. There are a lot of resources that explain the difference, so I won’t try to explain the chemistry of it all, but Healsit does have an awesome article, “CBD Guide for Beginners” and a robust FAQ Page that are a great start. The basics are: no, CBD from hemp doesn’t get you high like marijuana and yes, it is legal in all 50 states. Marijuana contains THC (the psychoactive compound that causes the “high”) plus CBD (the non-psychoactive compound that has a calming effect). These products are from hemp plants and contain zero THC. No high, yes calm, yes legal 👍🏻
The calm drops have made a major difference in my day to day anxiety. I’ve been using the regular strength drops which contain 20MG CBD per 1ML on a regular basis and it helps me feel zen and focused. You just use the dropper to extract 1ml and place it under your tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing. You can usually feel the effects in 20-30 minutes and you can evaluate how you feel to see if you want to take more. They recommend you take it daily around the same time of day, but I usually use it a few days a week when those feelings of anxiety are especially rough.
Sleep Drops & Sleep Chews
First off, my sleep has been extremely rough the last month. I’ve been taking melatonin every now and then for years, and while they are pretty successful at knocking me out, they pretty frequently give me some wild dreams and I wake up feeling groggy and not well-rested. After months of using Healist’s calm drops, I was really excited they gifted me their Sleep Drops and Sleep Chews. In addition to CBD, they contain botanical essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and lemon balm, a sleep terpene blend, valerian root, and L-Theanine, which are all-natural components that promote relaxation, help you fall asleep and improve overall sleep quality.
The drops and gummies won’t knock you out cold like melatonin or other sleep aids, but they help me get into a better headspace to fall asleep. The best part is I have been waking up in the middle of the night WAY less frequently and I’m waking up in the morning feeling less groggy and ready to get up and tackle the day. I’m really excited to continue incorporating them into my weekly sleep routine and cut off those wild and stressful melatonin-fueled nightmares. Because who needs extra anxiety these days?
If you’re looking for ways to help ease all that extra anxiety and get a better night’s sleep, I definitely suggest dipping your toes in the CBD pond. They can be pricey, but it’s worth it to make sure you are getting a high quality and safe product, which is why I love Healist Naturals. I was a customer before they gifted me these products, and I will definitely continue to be a customer long after. (PS on their website right now they have a 20% off discount and free shipping with code HEAL20) Let me know if you have tried CBD as a solution for anxiety and better sleep and how it has worked for you! ✌🏻