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Getting Started With Your New CBD Routine

If you’re reading this, you’ve likely decided to take the plunge into your CBD journey. Congrats! Your journey will ultimately lead you to a life of balance, and we’re here to guide you along the way. Before you begin, you might be wondering where to start in terms of dosing. Every woman’s body is different, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all CBD dose and it may take some time and experimentation to discover your unique CBD regimen. 

 

To get you started, here are a few tips to refer to when introducing CBD to your lifestyle.

 

Getting Started With Your New CBD Routine

 

Start Low and Slow

Getting Started With Your New CBD RoutineWe recommend using the low and slow method and working your way up to find your perfect dose. Start with a 10mg dose of CBD using our Daily Drops or Softgel capsule in the evening. Then increasing your daily dose as needed to achieve your ideal dose. 

 

We also highly recommend keeping a journal so you know when and how your body reacts to dosage changes. That way, when you find your sweet spot you’ll know it!

 

If you’ve been trying CBD for about a week and aren’t seeing the results you want, that’s ok! We typically recommend trying your CBD products for around 7 days with the 10mg dose, then meeting with your Dosage Specialist to talk about your experience so far and make any changes. CBD does take time to build up in your system, so whether or not you start out with the right routine — this is not wasted time! We love seeing positive results in the first 1-3 weeks but often see the BEST results after 2-3 months

 

Pace Yourself

The full effects of CBD may only remain in your system for 4-12 hours, so it’s important to be thoughtful and consistent with your CBD intake. The goal is to maximize the strength and effectiveness of the body’s Endocannabinoid System. Consider your health goals to determine the best time of day to take your CBD–you may find it’s best to dose at night before bed, and again in the morning during breakfast.

 

If you’re looking for a better night’s rest our dosage specialists suggest a dose at bedtime as CBD can have a sedative effect when taken at night from amplifying your own body’s melatonin. Take 1 Full Dropper within 30 minutes of bed. For the best absorption, take two smaller 1/2 droppers back-to-back (5mg/0.5mL).

 

If you’re looking to promote energy and focus, our dosage team recommends taking smaller doses (like 1/4 Dropper or 1/2 Dropper) throughout the daytime which can also be a great stress management tool.

 

Whether you’re starting out with our Daily Drops, Daily Softgels, or are going the topical route with our Relief Cream,  It’s also important to know that different delivery methods produce different results.

 

Daily drops are held under the tongue for only a few seconds.

In a few minutes, they absorb into your bloodstream and you feel the effects. But they tend to move quickly out of your system 3-8 hours later.

 

Ingested softgel capsules absorb more slowly since they need to pass through your digestive system.

That means they also last longer: between 5-12 hours!

 

Topically-applied creams and balms absorb in minutes.

The effect can last several hours, too! Remember, our Relief Cream does not enter the bloodstream the same way CBD does when you orally ingest it, so you can use it as frequently as you’d like on problem areas without it counting towards your daily dose.

 

Consistency is Key

Getting Started With Your New CBD RoutineCBD works best when you use it every single day. Think of it as a vitamin – you wouldn’t take it on random days and expect it to work. This is because CBD, like all cannabinoids, builds up in the body over time. A daily dose can help maintain sustained levels in your system and promote a more effective Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a biological system that has shown to help control sleep, mood, inflammation, and overall homeostasis (a body’s state of balance). So it’s important to keep it in top condition! 

 

While most of our members at Equilibria report improved mood, reduced mental strain, and better sleep within their first few weeks; many benefits of a highly functioning Endocannabinoid System are not fully experienced right away.  

 

Talk With Your Very Own Dosage Specialist

At Equilibria, we take the responsibility of personalized self-care seriously. And we see CBD education as a first step toward helping our members lead healthier lives. With our Dosage Support service, you can work one-on-one with experienced cannabis professionals to find your ideal CBD regimen, through phone and/or email. 

 

To gain access to our exclusive Dosage Support Team, simply purchase any item from our shop page, and upon arrival of your first box, you’ll be introduced to our Dosage Specialists. If you’re not yet a member, you can email [email protected] with basic questions and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

We understand that educating ourselves about CBD and the products we put in our bodies can feel overwhelming at times, especially with all the information out there. That’s why Equilibria is working hard to keep it simple and straightforward. Learn more at www.myeq.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook for fresh content!

 

Why Isn’t CBD Working For Me…But It’s Working For My Friend?

The world of CBD has officially taken off in 2020.  

The stage was already set for CBD to be a huge market this year — then add in the extreme stress of the pandemic coupled with many folks working from home or homeschooling — and you see a huge need for products that facilitate self-care and balance.  

We’re all under a lot of pressure, no matter how you slice it — and here at Equilibria, our mission is to bring strength and balance to women all across the country through our premium, organic CBD products.

Why Isn’t CBD Working For Me…But It’s Working For My Friend?

We’ve seen a huge influx of folks turning to CBD. And it’s the job of our Dosage Support team to make their CBD journey comfortable and answer questions along the way. We offer unlimited Dosage Support via email + a 30-minute phone call with a Dosage Specialist when you purchase any product.  

We truly want to help support folks as much as we can this year — women especially. I talk with women who are truly doing it all: they’re working from home or homeschooling their kids; they are handling doctor visits and Covid tests in the cold; they’re making sure their friends and family are cared for…the list goes on and on.  

And when we’re under such constant, extreme stress — that stress can take its toll on our body. 

You might be noticing more stress in your own life:  

-Maybe you get an afternoon headache from working on your laptop so much during the day

-Maybe you notice that by evening time, you’re feeling irritable and exhausted. And snap at your family or loved ones

-Maybe you notice that you can’t fall asleep easily — your mind is just going a thousand miles a minute and keeps planning what needs to be done the next day

 

-Maybe you can fall asleep (because you’re exhausted), but you get up at 3 am and just can’t go back to sleep

Why Isn't CBD Working For MeDo any of these sound familiar?  If this sounds like you, it might be worth considering a consistent CBD routine. And our team of Dosage Specialists is here to help. When you combine CBD with a healthy lifestyle, people often report that many of these issues are alleviated. We talk with Members every day who say that Equilibria has changed their life and made 2020 more bearable for them.  

Women who are able to stay focused and calm during their busy day.  

People who find that CBD makes them feel “not so snappy and irritated”.  

Folks who can finally get a good night’s rest.  

But what about people who try CBD and don’t get their desired results?  What’s the deal if CBD doesn’t seem to work for you?  Does that mean CBD just isn’t your thing?  

This is a question we get asked often — and we’re glad you asked! CBD takes time to build up in the body and show its effects. When we’re talking with our members, we often get asked “When will CBD start working for me? I’ve tried it for a couple of nights and nothing has happened”. If this sounds like you, don’t stress! 

This is a marathon, not a sprint!

It’s very normal for CBD to take a few weeks to show its effects. So if you’ve been trying CBD for about a week and aren’t seeing what you want, that’s OK! We typically recommend trying your CBD products for the first 5-7 days with the starting instructions. Then meet with your Dosage Specialist to talk about your experience so far and make any changes. If you’re not seeing your desired results with CBD, oftentimes the missing ingredient is more time.  

Here at Equilibria, we’ve talked with thousands of women and have metrics to track when these desired results typically show up. When do people start to notice a better quality of rest?  When do people report feeling more calm and balanced? And when do people notice their inflammation has reduced?  

Why Isn't CBD Working For MeFrom my phone calls with our Members, I notice that many women start to see their desired results around Week 3 or 4 when they’ve been consistently using CBD for a little while. This gives the CBD plenty of time to build up and begin its balancing actions. We tell our Members that while you might see your desired results quickly, we often see the full picture with CBD around 3 months of consistent use — so consistency is key!  Try to take your CBD daily for the best results — typically CBD just works better the more consistently you take it.  

Did you know that you make a compound almost exactly like CBD in your body?

All mammals do!  This compound is called an “Endo-cannabinoid”, meaning that it’s made “within the body”.  This is the most fascinating part about CBD to me. It works alongside this system called the “Endocannabinoid System” (or the ECS for short). 

The Endocannabinoid System is our main regulatory system whose job is to maintain balance across every other system in the body. It manages everything from our stress response, our immune response, our wake-and-sleep cycle, even our hormones, and menstrual cycle! All of these important systems are managed by this larger system called the Endocannabinoid System.  

The problem is — the Endocannabinoid System can be damaged by stress and exposure to Cortisol, the stress hormone. We can deplete our body’s endocannabinoids so that there aren’t enough left to do their balancing work!  

When our Endocannabinoid System becomes depleted, this is when we start to notice physical effects of stress on our body: feeling stressed and overwhelmed during the day, not getting good quality rest, dealing with inflammation-related issues like stomach aches, headaches, or sore joints…the list goes on.    

Phyto-cannabinoidEnter CBD 🙂

CBD is considered a “Phyto-cannabinoid”, meaning that it’s from a plant. The good news is: when you take CBD, your body treats it like an Endo-cannabinoid and allows it to be used by the Endocannabinoid System.  Now your body can get out of survival mode and begin balancing out its systems again!   

CBD’s role here is to fill in the gaps — to be used by the Endocannabinoid System to balance out whatever system is in the most need of repair.

If you and 5 friends all start taking CBD on the same day, you all might start to notice different effects, depending on what system needs balancing out the most.  

You might start to notice that you aren’t triggered so easily and have a little “longer fuse” for dealing with stress, while your friend might notice that her headaches are going away.  And another friend may report that her periods are more manageable. While another friend may find that her aches & pains have vanished.  Why such varying results? 

The variance is due to the fact that we all have unique bodies, unique Endocannabinoid Systems — and different systems in need of repair!  

It’s very common for us to talk with women who buy CBD for one reason (maybe to feel calmer at work or get better rest at night) — and then find that another benefit shows up later down the road!  This makes sense when you consider that the Endocannabinoid System is our main balancing system. And with a consistent CBD regimen, it’s able to balance out more systems in our body.  

If you’ve tried CBD in the past and felt it just didn’t work for you — we’ve love to talk with you and help you through the process. CBD is very nuanced, and often the smallest changes can add up to be a big effect. Oftentimes it helps just to have someone guide you along the way!

That’s why we have a team of trained Dosage Specialists and a team of on-staff pharmacists ready to help — we want to make CBD easy for you. We want you to be another CBD success story.  

How can we help you achieve strength & balance in 2020 and beyond? 

 

Message us at [email protected] and see our suite of premium CBD products at www.myeq.com.  Not sure where to start? Message us anytime — we offer unlimited Dosage Support.

CBD Basics for Women Over 65

The fastest growing population of CBD users is people over the age of 65. Benefits of CBD use for adults in this age range are abundant. In studies from as early as 1991, cannabinoids have been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits with minimal side effects. Over the counter medicines used for pain relief often have some serious side effects, for example, NSAIDS (Motrin, Ibuprofen) can cause serious gastrointestinal GI bleeds and damage kidneys. Yet older adults use these medicines quite liberally. Why is this? The answer is worth its own blog all to itself. The short answer is this: 100 years of anti-cannabis propaganda. 

 

CBD Basics for Women Over 65

As a cannabis nurse, before I begin to work with any client, I ask what associations they have with cannabis. More often than not, individuals over 65 have an overall negative association with cannabis e.g., it is something people need to use in secret because it’s a “drug”. 

 

 

For women over 65, the first step is to unlearn misinformation forced upon them about cannabis, particularly before the year 2000.

A vast majority of information shared during that time frame was not based on scientific facts. This is the biggest and most critical hurdle for individuals to overcome. The paradigm has however changed very quickly, from “cannabis is harmful and a gateway drug”—think “reefer madness”—to “cannabis, hemp, and CBD is the latest new thing to contribute towards our health since the invention of antibiotics”. I spend enormous amounts of time clarifying incorrect cannabis information my clients learned from the 60s—and many are refreshingly surprised at the evidence-based, scientific information that is available to them. They just need help navigating it. And that is where my role as a certified cannabis nurse comes into play to ensure my clients have the right information.

 

 

The second step is to discuss CBD use with your physician and/or obtain a cannabis nurse.

This step is important even if someone is only using CBD for recreational purposes. Most adults over the age of 65 are on at least one medicine. This particular group is also at risk of developing more chronic and acute illnesses. Open conversations regarding your cannabis use and questions with credible and knowledgeable physicians and nurses are vital (see my blog from last week for this step).

 

 

The life changing magic of your own CBD specialistThe third most important step is to understand dosing.

You can avail the services of the Dosage Team provided by Equilibria to assist you. However, if you are on medication(s) or have any chronic illness it is important to reach out to a certified cannabis nurse to help dose and navigate further. I tell my clients to start low and go slow for dosing. Older adults have older vital organs so the liver and kidneys metabolize drugs slower. This means that it takes longer to feel the effects of a drug; it also takes longer for it to pass through your body. The science is there to ensure that it is safe. But equipping yourself with knowledge and a credible medical professional will help make your experience more fruitful and pleasurable!

 

 

CBD may seem like the latest health and wellness craze but people, specifically women, have been experiencing real benefits since its expanded legalization. These benefits are becoming more abundant and being documented in medical research. Why does cannabis work well in older adult populations AND women? I will explore the reasons in future blog topics, such as medical bias towards women, medical institutions have a history of ignoring a patients lived experience with illness that does not corrralate with labs or tests, polypharmacy in the older adults and chronically ill population, and evidence based practices that mostly benefit cis-gendered european men. More research is needed (research that includes more than one gender and a diverse population) but CBD appears to work quite effectively  on pain receptors and neurotransmitters to treat a variety of symptoms.

 

 

About Rebecca Abraham:

Rebecca AbrahamEducating ourselves about CBD and the products we put in our bodies can feel overwhelming at times. That’s why Acute on Chronic and Equilibria are working hard to keep it simple and straightforward.

Acute on Chronic founder and President, Rebecca Abraham BSN, RN, is a certified cannabis nurse. From a single assessment to ongoing support, Acute on Chronic provides support for all your cannabis questions as you investigate and become comfortable with it as alternative care. Follow Rebecca onFacebook,Twitter, and LinkedIn and reach out for an initial consultation.

Cannabis Nursing: A New Dope Specialty

A cannabis nurse is a relatively new field in nursing. When I tell people I am a cannabis nurse they usually have no idea what that means. 

Cannabis Nursing: A New Dope Specialty

Let me explain. I have been a critical care nurse for 11 years at a top academic medical center. I took care of very sick people with rare and difficult to treat diagnoses. And patients who often were transitioning or receiving end of life care. They and their families would frequently ask about cannabis and they were met with little guidance and education by staff and physicians. As legalization for medical and recreational cannabis continues to become more widespread, doctors still aren’t dosing or guiding patients. Doctors only certify a condition to grant a patient access to medical cannabis—cannabis is not a prescribed substance. They cannot prescribe cannabis due to federal law that restricts it as a “schedule 1 substance” along with heroin and cocaine. Furthermore, many hospitals and healthcare corporations have policies that prohibit doctors from certifying patients and even discussing cannabis.

 

Cannabis Nursing: A New Dope SpecialtyWhat happens to patients that would like to try or need cannabis for a variety of ailments is that doctors send these folks directly to the dispensary for dosing and advice. The problem is that employees at dispensaries may not have a clinical or healthcare background. And often they are often limited by corporate policy to end interactions after only 5 minutes. Budtenders are knowledgeable, caring, passionate, and know products and devices—but they are unaware of how to dose, potential drug interactions, and lack the formal education to assess and educate in the clinical context. Unfortunately, some companies and dispensaries are more nefarious. And their goal is to try and sell as much product as possible. 

 

 

The cannabis nurse is the ideal solution to this predicament.

They serve as the bridge between the doctor, dispensary, and cannabis companies. Nurses have two vital skills that make us irreplaceable in healthcare: we have the ability to assess patients and to educate. We take complicated clinical information and break it down for the patient in understandable terms. We are also one of the most trusted professions in the world because we care. And we became nurses because we want to help people and love science. 

 

A cannabis nurse may work in the dispensary, in product development, or have their own business. I am a cannabis nurse that owns my own consulting business acting as a resource for cannabis companies as an escalation to dosing specialist. And I see patients and provide cannabis education for physicians and healthcare systems. I assess patients and then provide a detailed care plan with product recommendations and dosing guidelines to help patients make the right choices for themselves. Furthermore, I provide education and on-call services for questions or concerns.  

 

I compare this work to what nurses do in the ICU. What makes the critical care nurse special is our ability and skill at making decisions and adjustments under the most stressful of circumstances such as the titration of medications needed for life support. The doctor writes the order for the medicine but it’s nursing who decides on the dose and changes it as the patient needs by titrating based on vital signs, our assessment, and the care goals. 

 

Cannabis is similar.

Cannabis is a unique plant and substance. It has a biphasic dosing effect (which means it acts like a bell curve). Think of goldilocks—too little CBD and cannabis and you feel nothing, too much and you feel intense side effects but then get none of the therapeutic benefits. Dosing needs to be individualized based on a client’s metabolism, diet, weight, height, personality, how they react to medications, and what their goals are. I make recommendations and dosing guidelines, and then the patient and I choose what products for them to try.

My company offers personalized one on one consulting sessions to help you determine which cannabis products are right for you and what options may help you achieve your desired healthcare outcomes. A certified cannabis nurse provides complete assessments, educational guidance, a care plan, and practical support at your convenience at your home, at my office, or virtually.

 

In fact, cannabis nursing isn’t the first time nurses have created a field that doctors don’t have an immediate interest in. Nurses founded hospice care, wound care, and even anesthesia. 

 

So why choose a cannabis nurse or utilize companies working with a cannabis nurse over other options?

That reason is simple: clinical experience and expert knowledge of health. A person acting as a cannabis consultant without healthcare resources does not have the tools to triage or assess comprehensively. They cannot discuss or educate on symptoms or disease processes and they cannot recommend when to escalate care to a physician. What’s great about Equilibria – they provide you with a dosage specialist with every product order and have immediate access to cannabis nurses like myself to help answer any questions they cannot.

It is great to have the support and someone to help guide members and patients on how to utilize their products and what dosages and times to begin with. This prevents any user error. Because the world of CBD is so new, clients need this kind of guidance and support to ensure they are set up to have success with CBD. 

 

Cannabis can be an amazing plant that can be life-changing for people dealing with things as simple as stress (Hey 2020!) to long term rare chronic illnesses. For cannabis to work it has to be used correctly and safely with the help of a cannabis nurse. Always consult your provider and a cannabis nurse when starting or changing cannabis products or regimens and always work with companies that partner and consult with healthcare professionals. Best of luck on your journey to wellness!

 

 

About Rebecca Abraham:

Rebecca AbrahamEducating ourselves about CBD and the products we put in our bodies can feel overwhelming at times. That’s why Acute on Chronic and Equilibria are working hard to keep it simple and straightforward.

Acute on Chronic founder and President, Rebecca Abraham BSN, RN, is a certified cannabis nurse. From a single assessment to ongoing support, Acute on Chronic provides support for all your cannabis questions as you investigate and become comfortable with it as alternative care. Follow Rebecca on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and reach out for an initial consultation.

Unwinding with CBD Vs. Alcohol

Well, 2020 has sure given us a lot of opportunities to practice patience, hasn’t it? 

Between staying on top of our physical and mental wellbeing, juggling our work/life balance, tackling new technology like Zoom, or homeschooling programs with the kids — there’s never been a greater need for peace and calm.  

With the holidays rapidly approaching, you may feel like “peace” and “calm” are the furthest things from describing your real life.  And if that’s how you feel — that’s 100% OK — just know that you are not alone!  

Unwinding with CBD Vs. AlcoholAs a Dosage Specialist for Equilibria, my role is to listen to our Members’ health goals and recommend CBD products and routines that might help.  In 2020, the main reasons people are trying CBD is because they:

  • want to feel less-reactive to stress during the day
  • want to wind-down after a busy day at work 
  • want to get better quality of rest at night 

Unwinding with CBD vs Alcohol

This year, a big topic of conversation is “How can I create a healthy work/life balance?”  and “What is a healthy way to unwind and decompress after a long day?”  

If you find yourself asking these questions –or find yourself wishing you could bust out your new bottle of wine at 4 pm — then this post is for you.  

With winter approaching, now is the perfect time to recommit to our health and wellbeing by taking extra good care of ourselves.  Self-care can come in many forms — and from what I’ve noticed in my own life — dedicating even just a few minutes a day can make a big impact. Showing up daily is what matters.  

For many women, our typical coping mechanisms are gone.  Maybe your favorite gym or yoga studio has shut down.  Maybe you miss your daily commute to and from work and find yourself missing that alone-time for processing your thoughts.  With so many folks working from home, our typical signals for starting and stopping work are gone. So now we have to rely on our own coping skills to develop a good work/life balance.   

A good day tomorrow starts with planning NOW! 

It’s important to set yourself up for success the best that you can. That way you can hit the ground running tomorrow.  Sure you may have had a completely horrible day. But is a bottle of alcohol really the best approach for unwinding? I’ve heard from many women this year that they’re leaning on alcohol more than they’d like to. We certainly don’t judge.  I know this year has been one of the hardest years in history. But it’s times like these where building healthy habits can really pay off down the road. 

Many women have told me that they enjoy their cocktails and wine for a few hours in the evening. But then their sleep suffers from drinking so much alcohol. Maybe 1 or 2 glasses turns into 4 or 5. I’ve heard time and time again “Wine helps me unwind. But then I find that I have very fitful sleep and wake up in a bad place in the morning. And that starts the stress-cycle all over again” 

If this sounds familiar to you, now is the time to build a new healthy after-work habit.  That way, when stress starts to ramp up again, you’ll have a plan in place for tackling it with ease and grace. 

Here’s a self-care routine that will set you up for success without leaving you tired & grumpy the next morning: 

After Work

Unwinding with CBD Vs. AlcoholConsider pairing your Daily Drops with a small amount of exercise.  Try taking 1/2 Dropper (5mg/0.5mL) of Daily Drops about 15 minutes before your workout.  Be sure to hold the Drops in your mouth for about a minute. That way they can absorb properly through the sublingual glands in your mouth.  

Then do some kind of movement for 15 minutes.  This doesn’t have to be anything fancy!  If you’re cooped up in a tiny apartment or are afraid to leave your building, then do a quick work out right where you are.  

Here are some ideas:

15 minutes of push-ups

15 minutes of walking up and down the stairs 

15 minutes of jogging in place or jumping jacks (yes, really! This counts)

15 minutes of yoga or Pilates

15 minutes on your Peloton/stationary bike 

15 minutes of a Zumba dance party

CBD To Maximize Your Workout

Studies also show that pairing CBD up with exercise can amplify the endorphins in our body.  Endorphins are the feel-good chemicals that we release when we exercise.  Endorphins are WHY people work out — to experience that spike in Dopamine and Anandamide (sometimes called “the Bliss Molecule”). Anandamide is the chemical compound responsible for that “runner’s high” feeling that we feel after a really hearty workout and CBD helps to keep Anandamide in the body.  

All of these feel-good chemicals help us respond better to stress, feel less discomfort, and experience deeper sleep.  

For me, I like to shut my laptop, take 1/2 Dropper (5mg/0.5mL) of my Daily Drops. And then go for a quick walk around the block.  Usually, by the time I get home, I feel in a much better head-space.  It really helps me process my thoughts from the day and transition into my evening activities.  You might find a quick workout to be a nice “reset” button! 

After your quick workout, tend to whatever you need to get done.  Make supper, help the kids with their homework, finish those last few emails, FaceTime your family — and see if you find yourself feeling a little calmer and grounded.  Many women find that a small dose of Drops pre-evening time helps them feel more patient and present with their family.  Personally, I find that my worries have turned down a notch, and I’m not worrying, scheming, and planning frantically for the next day.  

CBD Bath For Mindfulness

Unwinding with CBD Vs. AlcoholNext, you might consider unwinding with a luxurious CBD-enriched bath.  Try one of our Balancing Bath Bombs or Mindful Mineral Soak with 50mg CBD.  I like to use the Bath Bombs for nights where I have plenty of time and want a spa-like experience for unwinding and de-stressing.  The Bath Bombs come with the most amazing scents: Cardamom Rose and Lavender Lemongrass — and I find that it also really helps with dry, itchy winter skin.  

I like to use the Mindful Mineral Soak for times where I need a quick therapeutic result and don’t have time for a long, luxurious bath.  Maybe I worked out too hard on the bike the day before and have sore knees or maybe my back and neck are sore from doing emails from the couch.  The Mindful Mineral Soak really helps ease tension and muscle soreness and the Jasmine Gardenia scent is absolutely heavenly.  

BONUS POINTS:  You might also consider downloading a meditation or mindfulness app like Calm or Headspace!  Here at Equilibria, all of our employees have a premium subscription to the Calm app, which comes with guided meditations, mindful music playlists, and stories for relaxing and falling to sleep.  I love to put on some tranquil music while taking my CBD bath.  

CBD For Unwinding

Next, you might consider turning off your phone and putting all your electronics aside.  I find that about 1 hour before bed is a good time to do this — that way I’m not exposed to the blue light from my devices which can make it hard to fall asleep.  This is also a good time to take another dose of Daily Drops, like 1/2 Dropper (5mg/0.5mL).  I find that this helps set the stage for sleep — then I can unwind by reading a book or listening to a Sleep Story from the Calm app.  

The idea of cultivating a healthy night-time routine is to set you up for a good night’s rest + a good day in the morning.  In fact, regular users of CBD often report getting a better quality of rest, staying asleep through the night, and waking up with less inflammation in the morning. 

 

Are you struggling with unwinding at night?  Consider setting up some time with a Dosage Specialist to find the best routine for you — you can email us at [email protected].  Every purchase grants you unlimited Dosage Support + a 30-minute phone call with a Dosage Specialist.

  

We’re here for you — we want to make CBD easy — we know that your time is precious. So let us know how we can help set you up for success and set up some healthy coping habits that will treat you well in 2021.  

To see our suite of organic, premium Full-Spectrum CBD products, visit www.myeq.com

How To Use CBD To Aid Sleep

Whether you’re dealing with discomfort, time of month challenges, stress, or all of the above (we are in the midst of a global pandemic, after all), you might be considering the benefits of cannabidiol, or CBD. One of over 150 naturally-occurring compounds (aka “cannabinoids”) found in the Cannabis Sativa plant, CBD has been linked to an array of benefits, such as regulating mood and substance-abuse disorders or hardening of a bone after a fracture. But there is one incredibly common health woe that people are increasingly relying on it for: sleep disorders.

 

How To Use CBD To Aid SleepUp to 70 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic sleep problems each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And while there are more than 80 different sleep disorders out there, difficulty falling or staying asleep is the most common. Thankfully, CBD has shown promise in aiding sleep.

 

How To Use CBD To Aid Sleep

 

Here’s what you need to know about how CBD can improve your sleep. 

 

Why It’s So Hard to Get Quality Rest Right Now

While the hectic schedule most women in America juggle could lead to compromised sleep at any time, getting quality sleep has been especially tricky during this challenging time 2020, attests Haley Hansen, Equilibria Dosage Specialist. “We talk with women who are working from home and homeschooling their kids,” says Hansen. “And after-work can come with its own challenges.” 

 

This translates to many women finding that they are having trouble falling asleep. Because it is so tough to unwind or turn off their racing mind from the busy workday. Other women have trouble staying asleep, says Hansen. “They’re so exhausted from the day that they’re able to fall right to sleep for a few hours. But then they get up around 2 or 3 a.m. and start worrying or planning for the next day,” she notes. “It seems like this pattern is very common in 2020:  falling asleep for a few hours, then waking up in the middle of the night and having trouble going back to sleep.”

 

The Relationship Between the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and Sleep

How good sleep benefits your quality of lifeWhile managing to get a good night’s rest could feel nearly impossible for so many of us right now, the good news is that balancing your endocannanbinoid system (ECS) with CBD could very well be the key to bolstering your sleep-wake cycle. Here’s the scoop.

 

Your ECS is a system of receptors, spread across the various systems in the body, and it plays a crucial role in regulating a broad range of physiological processes that affect your everyday experience — from your mood to energy level, your immune activity, and how you experience discomfort, stress, hunger, and more. According to ProjectCBD, Italian scientist Vicenzo DiMarzo summarized the broad regulatory function of the endocannabinoid system in the phrase “Eat, sleep, relax, protect and forget.”

 

At the same time, your circadian rhythms are overseeing a bevy of physiological processes. Like hormone production, heart rate, and metabolism. As well as how you fall asleep, stay asleep, wake up, and remain awake. 

 

There’s evidence that the two systems work together. Researchers have found that anandamide and 2-AG — two cannabis-like chemicals that are produced naturally in the brain — fluctuate in the sleep-wake cycle. So do metabolic enzymes that create and break down these compounds. 

 

According to ProjectCBD, anandamide is present in the brain at higher levels at night. And it works with the endogenous neurotransmitters oleamide and adenosine to generate sleep. And  2-AG works like your body’s own natural caffeine. As its levels rise during the day, promoting wakefulness. 

 

But as women age, levels of these compounds might drop drastically (especially after menopause. But also due to autoimmune disorders, genetics, fertility/childbirth, etc.), which is why adding a phytocannabinoid—aka CBD—can be so beneficial. 

 

CBD & Sleep: What Studies Have Shown

How To Use CBD To Aid SleepInterest in CBD as a sleep aid dates back to the 18th century when cannabis was actually referred to as a “narcotica” and “anodyna”. Or drowsiness-inducing pain reliever, in the acclaimed medical reference Materia Medica. Today, we have published research to back up its usefulness when it comes to getting quality rest—and more of it. 

 

A long-term study of sleep quality published in The Permanente Journal assessed CBD use in people with ongoing stress. More subjects self-reported experiencing improved sleep compared to poorer sleep. The subjects who benefited noted decreased nighttime sleep interruptions and increased total sleep time. 

 

Other research has shown CBD to be especially effective in addressing REM sleep behavior disorder—which causes you to physically act out vivid, often unpleasant dreams—and excessive daytime sleepiness. And in 2019, participants in a comprehensive research study by Project CBD found that:

  • CBD helped them get to sleep more quickly. Reducing the average time from about an hour to 20 minutes. 
  • They also reported waking up much less often: 1.4 times per night versus 4.3 or about a third as many times. 
  • Without CBD, almost three-quarters of participants reported waking up tired; with CBD, 9% reported waking up tired. 

 

CBD and Sleep Success 

How To Use CBD To Aid SleepAnecdotal evidence supports CBD’s power as a sleep aid, as well. Hansen found she didn’t have trouble nodding off initially. But she would then wake at 2 a.m. and struggle to fall back asleep. 

 

“I would have all kinds of thoughts and worries whirling through my brain,” she recalls. “I struggled with this for years — typically reading in the middle of the night or watching a Netflix show in an attempt to fall back asleep. This was just my pattern. And I thought, ‘Well, this must be how adults sleep.’” 

 

But after “hopping on the CBD train” and began taking a 10mg Softgel after her evening meal, Hansen found she was able to get a solid 8 hours in. “I almost cried actually. Because if you’ve ever gone days on end without good quality rest, you know how it can affect everything from your workday to your home life,” she notes.

 

Hansen says her whole family has now found CBD to benefit their sleep, sharing, “I introduced everyone from my sisters to my mom to my aunt to CBD. And everyone has a little different sleep blueprint.”

 

Finding a CBD Product That Gets You on Your Way to Better Sleep  

Daily Drops and the Daily SoftgelsIf you’re interested in trying CBD for sleep, you’ll do well to give your individualized protocol a bit of time to kick in. “Since CBD is balancing out your body’s own natural processes, it can take time for our body to calibrate itself toward a deep, restorative night’s sleep,” explains Hansen. 

 

She’s found that for women who are struggling to get quality rest, the Balance Box is a great place to start, as it features both the Daily Drops and the Daily Softgels. “Many members find relief with our one-two punch routine,” says Hansen. “That’s when you take a Softgel after dinnertime (10mg or 25mg) and one full dropper (10mg/1ml) right before bed. Both products are used at night to help you wind down and stay at rest through the night.”

 

And for so many people who are working from home these days, struggling to create solid boundaries between work life and home life, Hansen suggests taking a small dose of CBD after work (such as 1/2 Dropper). And then taking the other 1/2 Dropper right as you head off to sleep.  “I find that a staggered dose like this often can help us unwind and tell our body and brain that It’s OK to relax. You’re safe, and now it’s time to enjoy the night,” she says.

 

The Bottom Line on CBD and Sleep

Given the science and rave reviews, anyone suffering from sleep woes would do well to reach for CBD. And no matter what your unique plan looks like, Hansen emphasizes the importance of giving it time to recalibrate your ECS to encourage more consistent, restorative sleep. 

 

In other words, sticking to your regimen is key. “Our core belief is that daily and consistent use is the key to success with any CBD routine,” Hansen notes. “Pick a time of day to take your Softgel (or Daily Drops) and stick with it for 5-7 days and then speak with a dosage specialist.” 

 

If you would like guidance as you navigate the routine that’s best for you, be sure to work with Equilibria’s team of Dosage Specialists who can help you identify a personalized game plan. 

 

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