Best Over Counter Sleep Aid: Product Review

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Best Over Counter Sleep Aid

Product: CBD Living Sleep Aid

Dose: 15 mg, 1 tblsp (1/2 oz.) 30 min. before bedtime

Contents: 120 mg CBD + 16 mg Melatonin

Two Flavors: Cherry and Grape

Size: 4 fl. oz.

Retail Price: $39.00/btl. (Member Discount 15% @ $33.75)

My Rating: 9.5 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.  Those of us with sleep disorders, whether temporary or chronic, don’t enjoy waking up drugged out and tired.  Much less with much more serious side effects and reactions with other prescription medications which need to be banished from anyone’s ‘medicine chest’.

So, it’s quite 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.

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.

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.

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 terrible side-effects are clearly not desirable.  More informed and discerning consumers now seek all-natural sleeping remedies without side-effects.

Sleep and CBD

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:

Cannabidiol (CBD) from hemp oil

Tryptophan – from food

Calcium – avoidance of depletion

Magnesium – mag-rich evening snack recipes

Essential Oils – aromatherapy (bergamot and lavender)

Passion Flower – reduces anxiety

Valerian Root – stimulates gamma aminobutryic acid (GABA) production

St. John’s Wort – mood and antidepressant regulator affects sleep

Hope I’m not the only one laughing… My wife’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.

Why prescribe dangerous and addictive medications to patients when it is so well documented how CBD is such an effective and natural sleep aid?

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?

 This is because as they see it, there’s no money in it for them yet, 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 them, I now call b-s on how the medical community, FDA, and the endless list of government regulators and lobbyists continue to prop up their markets at any social cost.

Shame on us all for letting it happen.  This is exactly why I do what I do here at Cannabis Animus.  Check out my Page 1 super-post on Google called “CBD and Nanotechnology“.

Any online Product 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 my wife continues to experience superior results from CBD Living Sleep Aid’s formulation compared to anything else she’s tried.

And believe me, I have plenty of manufacturers and resellers like myself who send me samples of their products for me to test and hopefully recommend.

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?

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.

Pros:

15mg Cannabidiol (CBD)/dose

2 mg Melatonin/dose

No Prescription required

Gluten free

Kosher certified

No THC

No side effects or day-after grogginess

Cons:

Extremely sweet taste. Dilution is highly recommended.

Organic Sugar Cane used as sweetener – not processed sugar.

Recommendations on Use

Since CBD Living Sleep Aid is a thick syrup similar in consistency to typical cough syrups, you may find that the ‘spoon method’ is a bit too sweet.  In this case, I recommend that you consider my wife’s method:

Add to CBD Living Water for increased CBD dosage

Add to your favorite sparkling water

Add to a complimentary juice

Add to flavor teas (herbal/non-caffeine)

Ice cream or other as a sweet topping

Summary

My wife’s experience testing the product over a period of about 8 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 she’s ever tried.

She says the substances that Dr. Axe mentioned in his article as a comparison are not effective for her.  And that’s proof enough for me.  I have seen the difference in the quality of her sleep.

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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4 Comments

  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!

  2. Alix on June 14, 2018 at 8:40 am

    You listed this as a sugar free syrup, however when I found the product it is listed as not being sugar free.

    • Ted Mortenson on June 14, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Thanks Alix, you are correct. I’ve edited my review to specify organic sugar cane as the sweetener, and removed “no sugar added”. As you are likely aware, there are countless different kinds of sugars – both natural and created by our own bodies. Some good, some bad. Much appreciated feedback!

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