It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do for a person. Six to eight hours of sleep increases our ability to focus and manage multiple demanding tasks at once; and, well-rested people are typically more patient and pleasant to be around. Yet restful, uninterrupted sleep is something many of us rarely achieve. According to The American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million people across the U.S. suffer from sleep disorders. With cannabis legalized to some capacity in 33 States today, we’re seeing more people turn to cannabis products to help them sleep. Its medicinal properties make cannabis a highly effective sleep aid, and it offers a natural alternative to prescription medication.
At 3Leaf, we’re able to connect with people who are willing to share their stories on how cannabis products improve their health and wellbeing. In these conversations, we’ve found a common thread between everyone who tries our Coconut Oatmeal Cookie and Quinoa Granola Bite. We hear that they have helped people achieve a peaceful night’s rest.
Here are three reasons why our original healthy edibles make an effective, natural sleep aid.
Healthy, high-quality ingredients to keep you satisfied and full.
When we set out to create 3Leaf, we promised ourselves that we would only make edibles that contain the highest quality, extensively natural ingredients. We live by this rule and apply it to both the food ingredients and the cannabis distillate that goes into our edible products.
Our Coconut Oatmeal Cookie and Quinoa Granola Bite contain hearty, high-protein ingredients like oats and quinoa and nuts. Whole-foods such as these keep you full for longer, so you won’t wake up in the middle of the night craving a snack. And these edibles are naturally sweetened with agave nectar. The fact that they aren’t loaded with refined sugar means that you’ll avoid those crazy sugar spikes – definitely not ideal if you’re trying to relax before bedtime.
In addition to high-quality food ingredients, we only infuse our edibles with the cleanest cannabis extract possible. The distillate infused in every 3Leaf edible comes from California-grown cannabis refined through CO2 super-critical extraction. This intricate process creates a clean, pure oil unlike any other cannabis extract. Distillate is known for reaching up to 99% potency. And the extraction process ensures that what’s left is a solventless oil with no harmful residues. The distillate is then tested at a lab to ensure that it is free of pesticides, heavy metals, and microbes. If you have a lot on your mind at the end of the day, the last thing we want to do is add another worry, which is why we’ve taken multiple steps to make sure our edibles are absolutely safe.
Precisely dosed with pure distillate for an effective experience.
The key to achieving the effects you want from cannabis is knowing how to dose. Luckily, edibles offer a great way to manage dosing. It’s easier to eat an edible with the same dose every time than it is to roll the same amount of flower into a joint and inhale the same amount every time. Moreover, edibles sold on the legal cannabis market must be precisely and consistently dosed to be considered compliant with California regulations. As per the California Department of Public Health, edibles cannot contain more than 10 milligrams of THC per piece and 100 milligrams of THC per package. And the Bureau of Cannabis Control implements strict laboratory testing to ensure that edibles meet these dosing requirements. When you purchase edibles from a licensed cannabis retailer, the dose that’s marked on the front of the package is the dose you can expect.
A 10mg dosed edible is ideal for achieving restful sleep. You can expect to experience the calming, sedative effects of cannabis from a 10mg dose. Typically, you will feel relaxed within half-an-hour to 45 minutes after eating a 3Leaf Coconut Oatmeal Cookie or Quinoa Granola Bite, dosed with 10mg of THC per edible. Shortly after, you should find yourself relaxed enough to fall asleep.
Edibles provide a cannabis experience that lasts longer compared to all other consumption methods.
With cannabis, different consumption methods result in different experiences. The effects of smoking last between one and three hours, usually peaking within the first 20 minutes. Edibles have a longer onset time but their effects can last for up to eight hours. It can take 30 to 90 minutes to feel the effects of edibles, depending on various factors such as how much you’ve had to eat that day and how tired you are, so plan accordingly.
Mark, a 39-year-old who lives in San Diego and works as a software developer, recently told us about how he added 3Leaf edibles to his night-time routine. He’ll eat one Quinoa Granola Bite two hours before going to bed. For him, it typically takes about 45 minutes to feel the effects, depending on how much he’s had to eat that day and how tired he is. Once the effects of the edible kick in, he’ll allow himself an hour to enjoy the relaxing and calming effects that the THC provides. Winding down after a long day helps him slip into a deep sleep, and the sedative effects of THC keeps him in a steady sleep throughout the night – no more waking up at 2 a.m. with a racing mind!
Want to try edibles for sleep but you’re unsure of where to start?
If you’re fairly new to cannabis, you may benefit from trying a 1:1 ratio-infused edible first. Ratio-infused edibles contain both THC and CBD. A 1:1 ratio has 5mg of THC and 5mg of CBD per piece. THC provides a psychoactive elevating experience typically known as a high. CBD, on the other hand, is non-intoxicating. Many people are drawn to CBD for its calming and pain relieving properties that they can enjoy without the high. But, research shows that THC elevates the healing properties of CBD. And, CBD balances the elevating effects of THC. If you’re interested in trying edibles to help you sleep, 3Leaf’s 1:1 ratio-infused Peanut Butter Cookie and Double Chocolate Cookie offer a great introduction to edibles. The equal ratio provides both relaxing and pain-relieving effects to help you get a peaceful sleep.