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How to Choose the Right Edible for Sleep

"New Year, New You," right? For countless people, January marks an exciting opportunity to kickstart their goals and revolutionize their lives. Some of the most common intentions for starting the new year off right include drinking more water, working out, eating healthier, and getting more sleep. Because sleep impacts our mood, mental abilities, energy level, focus, and overall health, it may be the key component to achieving the rest of your goals. According to a recent study, one in four Americans develops insomnia each year. For millions of people, could sleep actually be the one thing holding them back from their achieving their best selves? The good news is, cannabis can help.

Cannabis, in all of its myriad forms, can be a safe, effective aid to help you get the rest you've been missing. Small doses of the right products can help quiet the mind, address pain, mitigate stress, and not only fall asleep, but stay asleep—all with minimal to no side effects. More and more people are coming into dispensaries looking for sleep aids and discovering products that produce sedative effects to help them rest at night. Indica-rich cannabis strains, whether in the form of a pre-roll, vape cartridge, or good ol’ fashioned flower, have been found to be the most effective options to help you quickly fall asleep. However, while the effects of inhaled cannabis are felt within a few minutes time, they only last about ninety minutes, on average.

For many dealing with insomnia, further assistance is needed to stay asleep throughout the night. This is why we suggest adding an infused cannabis edible to your nightly routine.

Edibles are known to take thirty minutes to two hours to take effect. This delayed onset is worth the wait, however, as edibles offer hours of relief compared to inhaled cannabis. The next time you are getting ready for bed, try ingesting a small (5mg THC or less) dose of cannabis edibles, along with a couple puffs of your favorite indica strain. While your body is waiting for the effects of the edible, the flower can help quiet your mind, address any aches, and help you drift off.

One important factor to keep in mind when shopping for an edible is what type of extract it contains because it can greatly affect how long the effects last. If an edible is made with cold water hash, like Blueberry Terra Bites from Kiva, they can generally last in the system anywhere from 4-6 hours (depending on the dose and a few other factors, including your own metabolism and if you have any food in your system). Edibles made with a distillate extract may only last for 3-4 hours, which may not give you the rest you're looking for.

Another factor to consider is what complementary ingredients the edible contains and whether they are specifically formulated to help those looking to improve their sleep. Kiva's Wild Berry Camino gummies contain essential oils like linalool and myrcene, which are known for their sedative effects. These essential oils are called terpenes, and they can be found in fruits, vegetables, and plants. Fascinatingly, it's actually the terpenes in cannabis that give us the calming, energizing, drowsy, or joyful effects that we have come to associate with our favorite strains.

With a new year is upon us we have a brand new opportunity for us to take our health and well-being into our own hands. Instead of relying on addictive pharmaceuticals, legalized cannabis now presents us with a safe alternative option to manage our aches and pains, our stress, and our insomnia. By giving us back our sleep, cannabis' 'lazy' reputation might finally be dispelled as more and more people discover that they have more energy to tackle what really matters to them... no matter what time of year it is.