Best Over Counter Sleep Aid: Product Review

Best Over Counter Sleep Aid: Product Review

CBD Living Sleep Aid

Product: CBD Living Sleep Aid

Dose: 1 tbsp (1/2 oz), 30 min. before bedtime
Contents: 120 mg CBD + 15 mg Melatonin
Bottle Size: 4 fl. oz.
Retail Price: $42/btl. (Member Discount 15% @ $35.75)
Two Flavors: Cherry and Grape
My Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Side Effects: Prescription & Over Counter Sleep Aids

Obviously, there’s no shortage of all-natural sleep remedies and way too many more sleep aid products that contain ingredients no one should ingest.  So it’s clear why so many of us intend to avoid prescription medications, and even most over counter sleep aids as well due to the undesirable side effects of both.

For instance, Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) products like Ambien and Lunesta target the GABA receptors in the brain.  GABA is a neurotransmitter that improves relaxation and induces sleep, however, serious side effects range from hallucinations to blackouts.

Benzodiazepines are psychotropic drugs like Xanax, Valium, Librium and Ativan and also trigger these GAMA receptors intending to relieve anxiety and sedate the user.  However, as most of us are becoming increasingly aware of family, friends, work associates and public figures who have become seriously addicted to these prescription meds.  The numbers of those addicted continue to increase – even to epidemic proportions widely publicized in certain parts of the U.S.

Antihistamines like Advil PM, Dramamine, and Benadryl are over counter sleep aids that are largely ineffective for most of us with insomnia problems.  Apparently driven by advertising and the placebo effect, unintended consequences are often gastrointestinal problems, constipation, and mild nausea accompanied by general dryness of mouth and sinus membranes often followed by day-after symptoms like fatigue and confusion is common.  Sound familiar?  Anyone want more of that??

No problem, how about increased risk of dementia and forms of Mild Cognitive Impairment? Justifiably, these results are not desirable and more informed and discerning consumers now seek all natural sleeping remedies.

Natural Sleep Remedies That Really Work?

I doubt you’d be reading this review of sleep aids as they compare to CBD Living Sleep Aid if you didn’t already have a well-developed opinion based on your own experience with the usual, natural sleep aids.  But for those of you who haven’t, a popular profiteer (he cracks me up) called Dr. Axe recommends “7 Natural Sleep Aids That Really Work”.  No need to bother looking right away, he lists the following 7 natural sleep aids in the following order:

Best Natural Sleep Aids:

  • Tryptophan – from whole foods/meats

  • Calcium – avoidance of depletion

  • Magnesium – mag-rich evening snack recipes

  • Essential Oils – aromatherapy (bergamot and lavender)

  • Passion Flower – reduces anxiety

  • Valerian Root – stimulates aminobutyric acid (GABA) productionSt. John’s Wort – mood and antidepressant regulator affects sleep

Hope I’m not the only one laughing… My girlfriend’s search for the best natural sleep aids has included all the above and more, but these natural sleeping remedies never helped her insomnia symptoms.  I’ve tried all these as well, but no help at all for me either when I’m particularly wound up about something or going through a period of stress like my recent surgery.

Personal Experience: “Medicine” and CBD Sleep Aid

Having worked closely with surgeons as a surgical sales rep who also spent time training in-staff personnel (post-sale) on the equipment and procedure, I’ve become biased, so full disclosure accordingly.  But I feel obligated to tell anyone who is interested that I have consistently been surprised by so many physicians’ willingness to effectively ignore the power of cannabidiol (CBD) to heal their own patients.

This is because as they see it, there’s no money in it for them, and our federal government threatens them in any number of ways when they do.  Damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.

Much like then, I call b-s on how the medical community, FDA and the endless list of government regulators and lobbyists continue to prop up their markets.  Shame on us all for letting it happen.

Any review of both prescription sleep aids and over counter sleep aids will no doubt reveal essentially the same results that Dr. Axe and I have summarized above.  Full disclosure, I now have a bias toward the product because I continue to experience superior results from CBD Living Sleep Aid’s formulation.

That’s the driving force behind this product review because I’ve found a 100% natural sleep remedy that really works and has no side effects whatsoever. What else can you describe that compares?

CBD Living Sleep Aid

CBD Living Sleep Aid is a sugar-free, grape or cherry flavored syrup that combines the benefits of both herbal extract CBD and Melatonin together working in harmony to calm the nervous system and induce sleep naturally.

CBD Living’s nighttime sleep aid is compounded by a licensed pharmacist and respected as one of the most high-quality, all-natural sleep aids available.  In my experience, CBD delivers an unparalleled relaxing effect that definitely induces sleep without any morning side effects.


• 7.5mg Cannabidiol (CBD)/dose
• 2mg Melatonin/dose
• No Prescription required
• No Sugar
• Gluten free
• Kosher certified
• No THC
• No side effects or day-after grogginess


• Extremely sweet taste – Dilution with CBD Living Water is highly recommended when dosing
• Pricey (but effective)


My experience testing the product over a period of about 3 months has proven to me without question that CBD Living Sleep Aid is far more effective as a natural sleep aid than any herbal formulations I’ve ever tried containing the substances that Dr. Axe mentioned in his article as a comparison.

A quick search of “Dr. Axe and CBD” will cause you to wonder why he didn’t include CBD in his list of 7 natural sleep remedies that actually work.

Nevertheless, I challenge anyone including the good doctor to produce anything more effective and natural than combining CBD and Melatonin to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders.  CBD Living Sleep Aid is by far the best over counter sleep aid I’ve ever used.

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  1. Heath on August 16, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Having read this I think it is really informative. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this information together. I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

    • Administrator on August 16, 2017 at 4:03 am

      Thanks Heath, really appreciate your kind comments. I hope you find our Membership valuable as well!

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