ZZZquil vs CBD for Sleep
So you need help sleeping and you have seen ZzzQuil in the store but also have heard about CBD Oil. You are wondering which one is better. Lets break it down.
CBD vs ZzzQuil
ZzzQuil is a powerful sleep aid. It is also very accessible (can be found in every drugstore in America) and very cheaply. The question really lies in what the whole slew of artificial chemical ingredients are doing to your body, both short term and long term.
CBD products, like REST, are natural and plant based with only a few organic ingredients.
- Organic Hemp Extract
- Organic Coconut Derived MCT Oil
- Organic, Plant extracted Terpenes
What is ZzzQuil?
ZzzQuil is an over the counter medication. It is an inexpensive, non-opioid based sleep aid that utilizes quite a few different chemicals to achieve the sleep results.
What are the Ingredients in ZzzQuil?
- CITRIC ACID MONOHYDRATE
- FD&C BLUE NO. 1
- FD&C RED NO. 40
- HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
- POLYOXYL 40 STEARATE
- PROPYLENE GLYCOL
- SACCHARIN SODIUM
- SODIUM BENZOATE
- TRISODIUM CITRATE DIHYDRATE
- and Active Ingredient, DIPHENHYDRAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE
How does ZzzQuil work?
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE, the active ingredient that makes ZzzQuil effective is an Antihistamine that is used to treat the symptoms of allergies and common colds. The drowsy effect that it creates is a side effect of the chemical blocking the central nervous system's ability to produce histamines that are responsible for the feeling of wakefulness.
What are the side effects of ZzzQuil?
Drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, upset stomach, blurred vision, dry mouth/nose/throat and seizures are all symptoms of Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride Liquid (the active ingredient in ZzzQuil). Granted, we can assume that serious side effects are rare or products like ZzzQuil wouldn't be allowed on the market!
How Does CBD work as a sleep aid?
Full Spectrum CBD is a powerful pain mitigation plant compound. While some cannabinoids are naturally sedative, research shows that CBD alone (Isolate) is not sedative. When you use a Full Spectrum CBD product (like Common Ground REST Tincture) for sleep you are getting the powerful balancing properties of CBD, the naturally sedative properties of CBN (an ancillary cannabinoid), the sedative and relaxing properties of terpenes Myrcene and Linalool (found in high levels in Lavender, Mango, Jasmine and Passion Fruit -- all of which are natural sleep aid remedies) and various vitamin, antioxidant and fatty acid building blocks for your brains natural production of serotonin and dopamine.Woof... that was a lot of information.
What are the side effects of CBD?
Similar to ZzzQuil, the side effects vary from dry mouth, drowsiness and upset stomach - unlike ZzzQuil, the ingredients are all natural, come-from-the-earth ingredients. At the end of the day, it's up to you to decide what kinds of products you want in your body to help you get the sleep you need. And of course, with all plant remedies, trial and error is a part of the process. Finding your perfect dose will help mitigate side effects in any product, especially all-natural solutions!
We wouldn't create Cannabinoid based products if we didn't believe in their effectiveness, but I believe the science speaks for itself. Natural plant medicines like Full Spectrum Hemp Extracts can be used to effectively treat a variety of ailments. We formulated to take advantage of vast array of tools that nature has given us to address sleep disorders and specifically avoided additives that might adversely affect humans or that we knew were responsible for any side effect, great or small. While more costly than most over the counter sleep aids, our CBD products are designed with your long term health in mind. Health is Wealth and taking care of your body is an investment, not an expense!
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