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Anxiety, stress and trouble sleeping: how they might all be related and what hemp can do to help.

We all have stress. It is a part of our daily lives. What happens when constant stress can lead to other problems like anxiety, constant worrying, trouble falling asleep and staying asleep? A recent peer-reviewed article looks at the correlation between lack of sleep and anxiety. Pires, et al, reviews the idea that the "increased anxiety levels have been widely recognized as one of the most important consequences of sleep deprivation." The peer-reviewed article finds that a "significant increase in state anxiety was observed due to sleep deprivation, but not due to sleep restriction."

So, what can we do to improve our quality of sleep? Getting regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, meditation, turning off all lights in your bedroom, eliminating screen time one hour before bedtime and avoiding stimulants in the afternoon are all ways to improve your quality of sleep at night. But what about hemp? What role does hemp play in anxiety, stress and trouble sleeping? A recent study by Shannon, et al, looks at whether hemp helps improve sleep and/or anxiety in a clinical population. The clinical trial was conducted on adult psychiatric patients treated with hemp based products for anxiety or sleep as an adjunct to treatment as usual at a large psychiatric outpatient clinic. 103 patients were given at least 25mg/day of hemp in capsule form. A handful of patients were given 50mg or 75mg/day of hemp. After two months of treatment, 78.1% of patients noticed an improvement in anxiety and 56.1% of patients noticed an improvement in sleep.

Just how can we take advantage of the benefits of hemp and incorporate it into our daily lives? There are several different ways to use hemp for anxiety, stress, sleep and mental clarity. Hemp based products need to be taken every day to keep the body in balance. Consistency is key. Oil based hemp tinctures are a very popular way to enjoy the benefits. Placing the drops of hemp under the tongue two to three times a day is a good way to allow the body to absorb the hemp into the bloodstream. Oil based hemp tinctures typically take about 15 minutes to absorb into the bloodstream and can last up to 4-6 hours. Supplements or edibles (including candy, gummies, chocolate and drinks) can take 30 minutes to one hour to take effect and last up to 6-8 hours. Hemp can also be inhaled and the effects on anxiety relief and as a sleep aid are the most immediate. The duration for inhaled products can last up to 2-4 hours. Inhaled hemp based products need to be taken with caution and a high quality hemp source is imperative. Axton Supplements has a hemp based sleep formula available. Not only does this supplement have high quality, third party lab tested hemp, it combines other vitamins and supplements like valerian root and melatonin to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Check out the hemp based supplement on the image link. Enjoy!

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