7 Reasons You Should Take CBD Oil for Sleep

7 Reasons You Should Take CBD Oil for Sleep

by Jacquelyn Nause

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Dating back to 1500 B.C., historical texts indicate the use of cannabidiol for inducing sleep. Legalization has increased access to and research of CBD, with more scientists turning their attention to studying its medicinal effects. Keep reading for a review of what the literature says so far.

Sleeplessness in America

Millions of Americans report issues with sleeplessness or falling asleep. Many turn to over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids, which often carry lengthy warning labels and side effects. Furthermore, they can be addictive and ineffective.

Enter cannabidiol. CBD acts on receptors throughout the body known as the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system affects many physiological processes, including the body’s hormone levels, immune system, sleep/wake cycles and pain receptors.

Effects of CBD on insomnia and sleeplessness may vary based on each person’s individual biology and tolerance. But for individuals looking for a possible treatment for sleep issues, CBD is a safe, non-habit-forming alternative to pharmaceuticals that shows great promise for those who struggle to get restful sleep.

CBD for Sleep

How does CBD ease sleeplessness? Let us count the ways.

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1. Reduced Anxiety

A common cause of insomnia is anxiety and stress. CBD helps to regulate cortisol, a stress hormone, which has a significant impact on non-REM sleep cycles. A large case series review found that CBD is beneficial for anxiety-related disorders and an increase in sleep quality.

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2. Pain Relief

For those who struggle with sleeplessness due to chronic or acute pain, CBD offers a welcome alternative to pharmaceutical pain relievers. CBD helps reduce pain-induced sleeplessness by working on the symptoms themselves rather than providing a sedative effect like many sleep-aids.

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3. Relaxed Muscles

Studies show that CBD is a promising treatment for movement disorders, helping to reduce tremors and hypermotility in Parkinson’s disease patients. By reducing muscle tremors, CBD helps insomnia in patients with movement disorders like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.

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4. Pregnancy Symptoms

Many women struggle to get restful sleep during pregnancy due to a variety of factors: stress, pain, nausea and general pregnancy-induced insomnia. The World Health Organization (WHO) has found no adverse health outcomes from CBD, though studies on pregnant women have been slim. Talk with your doctor before using CBD during pregnancy.

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5. Elimination of Nightmares

Nightmares can have a negative impact on overall sleep quality for many people. For those who suffer from REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), marked by restlessness and increased nightmares, a good night’s rest is nothing but a dream (pun intended). Patients in a case series treated with CBD experienced fewer side effects of RBD, with no negative side effects.

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6. Relief From Somnolence

CBD has a dual effect depending on the individual and time of day it is administered. This is because it regulates the body’s sleep/wake cycles, helping to promote wakefulness during daytime and relaxation at night. Insomnia, daytime sleepiness, or somnolence, can impact both daytime productivity and the ability to fall asleep at night. Administration of CBD during daylight hours helps promote alertness, leading to more restful sleep at night.

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7. Relief from PTSD

Sleep disorders can be a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), resulting in sleep disturbances and REM cycle issues. An increasing number of research studies indicate the effectiveness of using CBD oil for sleep issues related to PTSD. CBD helps to relieve anxiety related to PTSD, which reduces anxiety-induced REM sleep disturbances.

How to Use CBD for Sleep

Everybody is different, so experimentation is key in finding what works for you. CBD can have a variety of effects depending on dosage, product and time of day as well as individual body chemistry. Studies indicate that CBD is best used for short-term sleepiness, as the effects may diminish over time.

Products like tinctures and sublingual sprays offer immediate effects, while edibles and oils tend to release CBD more slowly, helping you stay asleep longer. Try CBD an hour before bedtime and take a night off from counting sheep.

Jacquelyn Nause is a contributing writer with specialties in cannabis, real estate and wellness. She enjoys traveling with her husband, being a doting mother to her two incredible kids and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest playground.


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CBD for Pets: A Natural Way to Relieve Pain and Anxiety

CBD for Pets: A Natural Way to Relieve Pain and Anxiety

by Erica Garza

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You may have already heard how cannabidiol, or CBD, can relieve pain and anxiety in humans, but did you know that CBD also helps pets? From tinctures to capsules to chew treats, cannabis products have burst onto the market to help pets live better lives. Learn why researchers and pet owners have started using CBD for pets.

Relieves Anxiety

From fireworks to long plane rides, there are many reasons why your pet might become fearful and anxious. Research shows that CBD has the potential to relieve anxiety in both animals and humans. There are also several anecdotal success stories, such as those found in the popular Facebook group CBD Oil for Pets, in which members swap tips on using CBD with their animals, some saying CBD has relieved even an “extreme degree of anxiety.” In pets, anxiety can manifest in a number of ways. Some telltale signs include aggression, destructive behavior, hyperactivity, trembling, digging and having accidents in the home.

Manages Pain

CBD is lauded for its anti-inflammatory properties, relieving pain and stiffness in humans, from athletes to the elderly. Pets who are in pain can experience the same benefits of CBD as determined in one Cornell study of dogs with osteoarthritis. Researchers found that dogs that received CBD oil every 12 hours over four weeks showed a significant decrease in pain and increase in activity compared to dogs that received placebo oil.

Stops Seizures

In a study at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, neurologist Dr. Stephanie McGrath found that CBD can successfully stop seizures in dogs with epilepsy. Based on her groundbreaking research, she found that 89 percent of dogs receiving CBD in a clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures. “Overall, what we found seems very promising,” she concluded.

Where to Find CBD for Pets

If you live in a state that offers legal CBD, your dog may benefit from a few drops of oil on their food, or you can purchase several cannabis products specifically designed for dogs. However it’s always a good idea to speak with your vet first if you have any concerns. Unless you live in California, the only state that’s legally cleared the way for veterinarians to discuss CBD treatment, many vets will not bring the topic up first. Still, while CBD can interact with other drugs if animals are already medicated, the overall consensus of doctors is that CBD is a safe form of treatment.

Dr. Cornelia Wagner, owner of Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic in Portland told Forbes that any pet’s treatment plan with cannabis should begin with the lowest dose possible. “The upper dose limit for CBD products recommended is around 1 mg/kg/day orally, but one should start with a much smaller fraction of this dose such as 0.05 mg/kg/day,” states Dr. Wagner on Hawthorne Clinic’s website. “For THC products, start with an oral dose of 0.1-0.25 mg/kg THC once or twice daily.” If there are no negative side effects like sedation or disorientation, this dose can be increased if the pet has developed a tolerance.

While the research on administering CBD to pets is limited, new studies are emerging at a rapid rate. Even in its earliest stages, cannabis for pets reveals extraordinary promise.

“People are using CBD and they are excited about its potential,” said Dr. McGrath. We’d guess their pets are excited too.

Erica Garza is an author and essayist. Her work has appeared in Time, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, The Telegraph and Vice. She lives in Los Angeles.


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How to Talk to Your Parents About the Health Benefits of CBD

How to Talk to Your Parents About the Health Benefits of CBD

by Erica Garza

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Talking with your parents about using cannabis might fill you with anxiety, but there are ways to make the conversation run smoothly if you’re willing to broach the subject with honesty and intelligence. While the history of cannabis use in the U.S. is a complicated one, that trajectory is rapidly shifting. Adding your voice to the chorus of others who credit cannabis for pain relief, decreased anxiety, better sleep and more creativity only helps to make conversations about cannabis easer, both in your family and on a national level.

Be Honest

If the thought of your parents catching you with marijuana or even CBD oil brings up images of sneaking around in your younger years, you’re not alone. Roughly four in 10 cannabis users are secretive about it. But in order to shed the misinformation and negative stereotypes that may have led your parents to dissuade you from using cannabis in your youth, it’s important for educated and well-adjusted cannabis users to come clean (and come out of wherever you once engaged in cannabis use in secret).

Debunk Myths

One of the best ways to debunk myths and “stoner” stereotypes — like a lack of motivation or going into psychosis — is to come to your parents armed with evidence that proves the opposite. When it comes to a lack of motivation, it’s worth noting that some strains will produce different effects in the body. While indica strains might make you feel relaxed, sativa will have the opposite effect, leaving you energized and perhaps more creative. The idea that cannabis lowers IQ is also a myth, as determined by a 2017 study that showed cannabis use in even adolescent users did not cause IQ decline or impair executive functions.

Another myth to debunk is the idea that all cannabis gets you high. Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, which is a compound of the cannabis plant that lacks psychoactive properties, is rising in popularity as treatment for a number of ailments from anxiety to inflammation.

Describe Health Benefits

The medical benefits of cannabis are abundant, with countless scientific studies to back up your claims. Some of the health benefits of cannabis include:

There are studies on the efficacy of both THC and CBD oil for pain, as well as emerging research on other wellness trends like enhanced athletic performance and even clearer skin. Gone are the days when cannabis was almost always smoked. These days, vapes, edibles, tinctures and balms are just as popular, each delivering its own health benefits to suit your unique concerns.

Use It Together

Take your conversation a step further and consider using cannabis with your parents, or offering them a cannabis-infused gift that you think may help them. Whether they’ve told you about their sleepless nights or achy back, chances are there’s a product that can help. Most of all, don’t assume that your parents don’t already know the benefits themselves. Research shows that more baby boomers are turning to marijuana than ever before. The fastest growing demographic of cannabis users aren’t millennials — they’re seniors.

Erica Garza is an author and essayist. Her work has appeared in Time, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, The Telegraph and Vice. She lives in Los Angeles.


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Natural Stress Relief With CBD and Adaptogens

Natural Stress Relief With CBD and Adaptogens

by Jacquelyn Nause

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CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is the non-intoxicating cannabinoid extracted from hemp or cannabis plants that can be used to reduce stress and help the body function at its best. Adaptogens are plant compounds that help the body cope with stress, and promote balance and wellness. Sound similar? The medicinal properties of CBD mimic the effects that adaptogenic herbs have on your adrenals and immune system, both of which play an integral role in your body’s ability to stay healthy, fight disease and manage stress. Let’s take a closer look at how these plant compounds can work together to strengthen the body.

What Are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are plants that support the adrenal system. They help the body cope with stress and promote normal function by regulating hormonal balance. The benefits of adaptogens are numerous. They have an anti-fatigue effect that increases attention and cognitive function, even during periods of mental exhaustion and stress. Further research shows positive effects on immunity, brain health and sleep cycles while also reducing inflammation. They can also improve the appearance of our hair, skin and nails.

Some of the most commonly known adaptogens include ginseng, ashwagandha, matcha and medicinal mushrooms such as maitake and cordyceps. They help create and maintain homeostasis in the body, continually working to regulate systems to calm or energize as needed. In other words, they help the body adapt to various stressors.

What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil?

CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating bodily functions like appetite, mood, sleep and immunity. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning users can glean the medical benefits without feeling impaired or foggy.

Like adaptogens, CBD helps to maintain homeostasis in the body. It can help boost focus and clarity, or have a relaxing effect. There are many health benefits of CBD oil including decreased anxiety, more restful sleep, lower blood pressure and relief from pain and inflammation.

How to Take Adaptogens

Unfortunately, most people cannot stomach the taste of adaptogens on their own. Powdered adaptogens can be added to smoothies, cereal and other foods for maximum palatability. They are also available in capsule form or tinctures.

There are some synergistic adaptogen blends that contain CBD — but, when starting out, it is best to try adaptogens individually to note how each affects your body. The general rule is to allow three to nine months for adaptogens to take their full effect.

While cannabis is not officially classified as an adaptogen, it meets all of the criteria of being a nontoxic, natural plant that has a stress-reducing effect on the body. Because CBD and adaptogens work similarly, there is potential that they boost or enhance the effects of the other when taken in combination. Pair the relaxing, anti-anxiety effects of CBD with various adaptogens to boost their effects and reap the medical benefits of each.

Jacquelyn Nause is a contributing writer with specialties in cannabis, real estate and wellness. She enjoys traveling with her husband, being a doting mother to her two incredible kids and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest playground.


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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Hemp CBD Mocktail

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Hemp CBD Mocktail

CBD Recipe with Rachel Paulson

You’ve heard of Pineapple Upside Down Cake, right? Try this amazing Hemp CBD Pineapple Upside Down Cake Mocktail that will make you feel like you are on vacation on a tropical beach.


  1. A bottle of our Hemp CBD Rich Tincture
  2. 2 Ounces of Apple Juice
  3. 2 Ounces of Pineapple Juice
  4. 1/2 Ounce Lemon Juice
  5. 1/2 Ounce of Maple Syrup
  6. Soda Water
  7. 1 Egg
  8. Ice
  9. Shaker with a strainer


  1. Add 2 Ounces of Apple Juice 
  2. Add 2 Ounces of Pineapple Juice
  3. Add 1/2 Ounce of Lemon Juice
  4. Add a full dropper (.5ml) of our Hemp CBD tincture
  5. Add 1/2 Ounce of Maple Syrup
  6. Add 1 full egg-white
  7. Add Ice & Shake
  8. Pour with drink strainer into glass with crushed ice 
  9. Add a dash of soda water
  10. Garnish with a piece of Pineapple
  11. Enjoy!

Why CBD With Yoga is the Best Idea Ever

Why CBD With Yoga is the Best Idea Ever

Add CBD to your Yoga practice

What is better than living your best life with the daily practice of yoga? Adding CBD to help you connect and relieve your stress.

It is estimated by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.

Many of us experience some form of anxiety or stress throughout our day. Our schedules are packed, we are working hard at growing our careers, juggling expenses and (hopefully) maintaining some semblance of a personal or social life.

Anxiety and stress not only degrade our productivity but that feeling of being weighed down is carried throughout our day, forcing us out of the moment while adversely affecting our health and wellness. It is a challenge, to say the least, to try and mitigate. Maybe that is why so many people are turning to yoga and mindful meditation to calm down and reconnect with our bodies in the moment.

But yoga isn’t the only practice that can help us cope with our daily lives. While many people are turning to CBD as a viable medicine to treat medical ailments, there are many who are receiving value from incorporating cannabidiol as a tool to help fight stress and anxiety. The best part? There’s actual medical evidence of how CBD, when paired with Yoga, can help with stress and anxiety reduction.  

CBD and Yoga help relieve stress

Yoga and CBD for Stress

So, what happens when you pair Yoga with CBD? The natural compounds found in cannabis which naturally help reduce stress and anxiety can help take your yoga practice to the next level.

As many yogis are discovering, CBD products and yoga practice go together like bolsters and blocks. Using CBD doesn’t get you high, so it is entirely safe and acceptable to use during your yoga practice.

The real science behind the positive effects of CBD has to do with terpenes.

Cannabis and other natural healing plants such as lavender, lemongrass, thyme, cloves, rosemary, basil, and pine all have terpenes. But CBD has higher concentrations of terpenes such as Linalool (anxiety relief & pain relief), Myrcene (muscle tension relief & anti-inflammation), and Pinene (alertness & memory retention) to help make your yoga practice even more effective.

Benefits of Yoga with CBD


CBD is a natural fit for a restorative-style or gentle yoga class. Because CBD can help with pain relief, relief from anxiety and depression, decreased inflammation, and is associated with increased mood it is only natural to add it to a yoga regiment.

It all really comes down to how CBD, a cannabinoid compound derived from the cannabis plant, interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS).


Feel More Connected with Yoga and CBD

CBD products, such as the kind we produce at Papa & Barkley Essentials, can easily be applied to your body or ingested via tinctures or capsules. We recommend checking out our quick start dosing guide if you have any questions. Consistency is key, because CBD works best with a regular regimen.

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