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Ebook: A CBD Bedtime Story

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CBD, in combination with adaptogenic herbs, can help alleviate stress and support healthy sleep.

Stressed and Sleepless

Jenelle flung herself on her friend Trina’s couch and threw an arm over her eyes.  She was exhausted.  The pressures of nursing school were taking their toll and the stress was getting to her.  She hadn’t slept well all week.

 Trina plumped herself down next to her friend.  Jenelle caught a glimpse of mismatched socks: purple with tiny pink frogs on the left foot, black and white checks on the right.  Trina inspected her.

 “Girl, you’ve had enough todaying for today,” Tiana told her.  I’m giving you a Dream Cap.  You’re gonna get some rest.”

Top Kush CBD Dream Cap to the rescue

 Jenelle opened one eye.  “A what?”

 “A Top Kush CBD Dream Cap.”

 Her friend regarded her skeptically.   “You know I don’t take pills.” 

 “And you know I don’t give out drugs.”

Trina left the room. She came back with a small bottle and a glass of water.  She set the glass on the end table and handed the bottle to Jenelle who squinted at the label.  The print swam before her tired eyes.

“Here, let me read it to you.” Trina took the bottle back.

“Top Kush CBD Dream Cap:  25 mg CBD, 3 mg melatonin, 80 mg proprietary blend of passion fruit flower extract, licorice root extract, and jujube fruit extract.”

A Science Bedtime Story

“Let me ‘splain to you.  Gonna tell you a little science bedtime story.”

 Jenelle suddenly remembered that her pal, for all her kooky exterior, had degrees in neurochemistry and plant biology, and when she got to explaining things – look out.

“Need my nerd glasses for this.”  Trina grabbed a pair of thick black frames from the end table and put them on.  Jenelle noticed that they didn’t have any lenses.

CBD:  Goldilocks and the Science of Sleep

“So, once upon a time there was a girl named Jenelle who wanted to be a nurse.  She was going to be a wonderful nurse because she worked so hard at taking care of her patients.  But she didn’t know how to take care of herself! 

“Then her best friend Trina came to the rescue and told her about Top Kush CBD Dream Cap.

“You know what CBD is, right?”

“Uh, I know that it comes from marijuana.”

“Half a point, sweetie.  CBD is derived from the industrial hemp plant which is related to marijuana.   Hemp and marijuana are both in the cannabis family.   CBD is one of a family of substances known as cannabinoids that occur naturally in many plants.  You’ve heard of some of them:  echinacea, black pepper, even chocolate!   But the CBD that is used in products such as Dream Cap is derived from industrial hemp.

The Endocannabinoid System

“What makes CBD so great for humans is something called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.  It’s a biological system in the human body that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis — so not too hot, not too cold, etcetera.  The Goldilocks zone, if you will.  

“The ECS is composed of a system of receptors in our bodies that activate cannabinoid molecules.  You can think of them as puzzle pieces.  Each receptor interlocks with a specific type of cannabinoid molecule.  So endocannabinoids are part of our basic biological design.

“You with me so far?”

Jenelle blinked sleepily.  She nodded.  She didn’t remember learning about any of this in her college biology classes.

Endocannabinoids, CBD, Melatonin, and Sleep

“Our bodies produce endocannabinoids naturally.   They help to keep our circadian rhythm in a state of balance, among other functions.  When we don’t get enough sleep, those endocannabinoid levels decrease.  That’s when we get all of the side effects of sleep deprivation – decreased cognitive performance, carb cravings, weight gain, increased insulin resistance, low energy, increased impulsivity, irritability, exhaustion, and generally looking the way you do right now, sweetie.  

“All of these symptoms mean that our ECS system) is out of tone.   We go into big-time metabolic dysfunction.  I could go on about the biochemical mechanisms but you’ll probably be asleep by the time I’m done so I’ll cut to the chase, and here’s where CBD comes in.

CBD Help Regulate Our Metabolism

“Introducing CBD has the effect of reversing the deficit in the ECS system.  It helps that system get back to doing what it’s designed to do – regulate our metabolism and generally make us feel well and enable us to function in a healthy fashion.  And that includes sleep!

“Current scientific research has found two ways that CBD can help with sleep: by reducing anxiety and also directly by interacting with the receptors in the ECS system that I’ve mentioned.  Anxiety is a HUGE factor in sleeplessness.   You’re on overdrive now and you might know a thing or two about anxiety.  But CBD can definitely help to turn that around.

“And when you add melatonin, you’ve got an unbeatable combo.  Melatonin is produced naturally by our bodies to regulate our sleep/wake cycles.  When we get too much artificial light, the body is signaled to produce less of it.  That’s when supplementation can be helpful, ‘cause melatonin supports natural sleep.

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire

“So let’s talk about the herbs in Dream Cap.

“Passion flower and sleep go together like peanut butter and jelly, or Ernie and Bert, or Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, or — well, you get the idea.

“And here’s why.   Passion flower increases GABA – or amino-butyric acid — a neurotransmitter that helps to reduce feelings of anxiety by sending messages between the brain and the nervous system.   GABA actually reduces the activity of nerve cells in the nervous system.  So naturally, when those cells are less active, you’re going to feel more relaxed and less anxious.   One study in which participants drank passion flower tea showed statistically significant sleep improvement. 

“Passion flower also contains the flavone chrysin, which is a mild sedative.   So passion flower is a great herb for anxiety and sleep.

“But not only that – it’s great for inflammation, ADHD, menopausal symptoms (not that you have to worry about that just yet), lowering blood pressure, and reducing insulin levels.  It’s also a really gorgeous flower.   They grow wild on my grandma’s farm in Tennessee.  So pretty!

Jujube Fruit and High Quality Sleep

“Jujube fruit works in a similar way. So here’s the lowdown on jujube and sleep.  Jujube contains two types of phytochemicals: saponins and flavonoids.  One of these saponins (jujuboside A) helps to quiet activity in the hippocampus region of the brain.

“The seeds of the jujube fruit are rich in essential fatty acids, which are associated with higher quality sleep in clinical trials.   They’re also loaded with vitamins and nutrients – especially vitamin C – and have can even kill tumors!  They’re great for digestion too, and help normalize blood pressure.  Plus, they’re delicious eaten raw or juiced.  What’s not to like?”

Jenelle’s eyes were glassy.  She stifled a yawn. 

“Don’t fall asleep on me yet.  I’m not done!” Trina laughed.

Licorice Root Enhances Sleep Combination

“So, licorice root.   Licorice has been used to support the adrenal glands, which regulate the body’s stress response.  So it’s definitely an important adaptogen. 

“But here’s the thing about the way it works in Top Kush CBD Dream Cap.  Licorice is called a “guide” in Chinese medicine because it shows the other herbs where to go, letting them know where their effects would be most beneficial.  It enhances the other herbs in a combination. 

“I love licorice – I have this image of it in my mind waving its little arms and saying.  ‘Over here, guys!’   So licorice in the Dream Cap helps to make the other herbs work more effectively.   Pretty cool, huh?”

Jenelle nodded.  The soothing rhythms of her friend’s voice and the mental pictures she was painting made her feel that everything was going to be okay.  

THC-Free CBD

“What’s special about Top Kush is that they’ve been out in front of the CBD market for years now – since 2014 (which is practically an eon in the CBD world) – and they were one of the first companies to get on board with lab testing, regulation and quality control.  Girl, there are so many CBD products out there and I’ve probably tried 100 of them!  Top Kush gets my vote, though. The COA tells the story.”

“COA?” asked Jenelle, groggily.  

“Certificate of Analysis.  It’s a report compiled by an independent lab which tests for the presence of various cannabinoids – most importantly CBD and THC.”

“THC!” Jenelle almost jumped a foot into the air.  She knew what THAT was. “We get drug tested every semester!  If that shows up on my test, I’ll get kicked out of school!”

“Girlfriend, relax!  I’m getting to that.   Dream Cap is broad spectrum, which means no THC.  You can see that on the COA. Ok?  So calm down. 

“CBD products aren’t required to be tested, since there’s no Federal or state regulation – yet.  But Top Kush does it voluntarily.  Their test results are available to consumers, too.  All you have to do is ask their customer support.

“I’ve read tons of COAs – that’s how much of a nerd I am – and let me tell you, Top Kush is one of the cleanest companies out there.  That’s another reason why I trust their products.

“One more thing.  This is a standard dose capsule.  You don’t have to fuss with drops or worry about how much to take.  The experts have already figured it out!  You get the right dose every time – 25 milligrams of CBD.  One cap a day and you’re done.”

Sleeping Happily Every Night

Jenelle’s heart rate was returning to normal.  Her eyelids were drooping.  She stifled a yawn.

“You’re going into nursing because you want to help people get well, correct?  Here’s a newsflash.  Wellness begins with you.”  Trina pointed a polka-dotted fingernail at her.  “You can’t be well if you don’t sleep well. 

“Top Kush CBD Dream Cap supports natural healthy sleep.   And with the herbs and melatonin, it’s an easy all-in-one solution for wellness.”

Trina opened the Dream Cap bottle, shook out one capsule, and handed it to Jenelle along with the water.  Jenelle swallowed the capsule and emptied the glass.

Trina pulled a knitted throw over her, slid a couch cushion underneath her head, and turned out the lamp.  

“And she slept happily every night.”  She planted a kiss on Jenelle’s forehead.   “Sweet dreams.”

“Thanks,” mumbled Jenelle.  She was already half asleep.  Trina tiptoed out of the room.

Kiss your stress goodbye.   Say hello to your daily wellness solution.

Meet Top Kush CBD Dream Cap.

Loren Freed, Health and Wellness Writer

Loren@healthmuse.net 615-578-8873