Over the past 50 years, there’s been an undeniable trend in the western world towards natural medication, seeking ways to alleviate everyday symptoms of modern life, like insomnia. Through more access to information via journalism, literature and of course the internet, people have gradually been waking up to the negative outcomes that can emerge as a result of chemical-based medication.
Across the world, there are millions of people who resort to using a variety of pain killers, such as paracetamol and aspirin, which in mild doses aren’t too bad at all. When trying to relieve anxiety or battle insomnia, many people have resorted to the likes of alprazolam (e.g. Xanax) and diazepam (e.g. Valium). While these may provide some instant results (i.e. getting to sleep or feeling less anxious) the side effects can easily outweigh the benefits. Some of the side effects have been known to include temporary amnesia to grogginess to reduced motor function. And of course, the addiction that comes with painkillers and sedatives is one to be most aware of.
There’s a good chance that a rapper you’ve listened to has been a victim of their addictive properties. Whether we’re talking over the counter or prescription medicines, some of the outcomes have been tragic, to say the least.
Mac Miller, JUICE WRLD and Lil Peep are some of the most well-known hip hop artists that have sadly passed away from using prescription medicines. These are often the last resort, taken to relieve the previously mentioned symptoms; especially lacking sleep. This can be a side effect from the highs and lows of touring and leading a truly ‘rock’n’roll lifestyle’. For example, when artists are touring the country, their time on a flight or tour bus might be the only time to rest, and such painkillers and sleep inducers might need to be taken to ensure they are ready for the next tour date. Recently on Sky News, DJ One Man described how music acts can become reliant on xanax to get to sleep when taking flights, while others resort to them for psychological issues such as depression.
However, there are many forward-thinking people who have come across a ton of positive news around CBD, a non-psychoactive supplement which has taken the world by storm.
For those who seek a new alternative to achieve naturally occurring sleep, CBD offers a more organic and synthetic chemical-free direction. Having taken it myself for the past 18 months, I definitely recommend at least trying CBD for sleep. The two formats for which I’ve taken it are droplets of the oil/tincture from a glass pipet into the mouth or tablets containing it. The droplets land under the tongue so take under 5 minutes to kick in, whereas tablets are ingested into the stomach, so take a little longer.
Both of these methods have something in common. They respond to cannabinoid receptors, which are located throughout the body, and are part of the endocannabinoid system. This is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. Some of the positive side effects I’ve enjoyed from taking CBD shortly before going to sleep are that dreams can be more vivid and adventurous! I often float into a natural sleep, often following feelings of comfort and cosiness. I’ve also woken up feeling more refreshed. Don’t just take my word for it though, do some research and find out for yourself, there are countless news articles and blog posts out there!