The Benefits of CALM Hemp Extract For Sleep
Sometimes overlooked, often underrated, quality sleep and placid rest are two primary factors that support a lifestyle of balanced wellness. A lot goes on while we sleep that we don’t notice or even think about. It’s in essential states of deep slumber that the mind and body literally recharges, resets, and recovers.
During the various stages of sleep your brain signals to cells and body systems that it’s time to re-optimize. While you’re sweet dreamin’ away your cardiovascular system receives a much-needed break, while crucial energy reserves are replenished. Memory maintenance is a huge aspect of sleep too. Not only are long-term memories established during sleep, but it’s also when your brain reorganizes and processes data and information so they are more clear and concise. We can’t forget what sleep does for hormones and tissue either. During NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep, tissue growth and repair occurs, while vital hormones—like ghrelin and leptin which dictate feelings of hunger and fullness—are released. It’s this collection of body maintenance activities that leads to happier, brighter moods and emotions following a solid night’s rest.
And the key to it all is getting both quality and consistent sleep.
“The idea is not just to get to sleep, but to have quality, uninterrupted or minimally interrupted sleep. Part of getting quality sleep is multifaceted. It includes having a balanced diet, not watching television or being in front of a screen before bed, and having a relaxation routine that helps transition from being awake to sleep,” says PrimeMyBody Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Cheng Ruan.
Most medical professionals and sleep-related associations say that adequate sleep durations should range from 7-8 hours per night for the average adult, and 8-10 hours for teens and early twenty-somethings. In 2018, the National Sleep Foundation published study results that found 50 to 70 million U.S. adults experience symptoms of a sleep disorder, and that a third of the population experiences insomnia at some point in their lives. Those are startling figures considering how much health maintenance is dependent upon quality sleep. That’s where CALM comes in.
The CALM Effect
Sleep and rest seem like they should come effortlessly, but sometimes shutting the body and mind down isn’t a graceful endeavor. Whether you have trouble sleeping or want to support your sleep routine, CALM hemp extract is crafted to naturally interact with your body’s chemistry to promote quality sleep cycles. While many sleep aids induce drowsiness or a temporary sleep-like state, CALM Rest & Relax Hemp Extract is formulated with three complementary ingredient blends that aid natural sleep patterns and promote physical and mental relaxation. These blends include: Neurotransmitter Activators, Herbal Adapter Extracts, and Master Balancers.
CALM rest and relax hemp extract is formulated with three specific neurotransmitter activator nutraceutical ingredients including Magnesium L-Threonate, L-Tryptophan, and PharmaGABA.
Including L-Tryptophan in CALM made obvious sense because of properties that balance mood and incite healthy sleep cycles. An essential amino acid, L-Tryptophan is a precursor to both the neurotransmitter molecules serotonin and melatonin. Once converted from L-Tryptophan to serotonin, this molecule plays a role in stabilizing mood balance and calming brain activity that may cause restlessness. Serotonin is also known to aid the process of memory organization during sleep. As L-Tryptophan helps to balance mood and memory, it also helps natural sleep cycles. Instead of using a melatonin supplement in CALM, melatonin molecules produced from L-Tryptophan activate more natural sleep-wake cycles and optimal release of melatonin at night and its suppression during the day.
Magnesium L-Threonate is a supplement for the essential mineral, magnesium, which activates and supports enzymes and neurotransmitters responsible for the sleep and relaxation mechanism of the brain. Magnesium is known to help muscular relaxation and improves the balanced distribution of serotonin and melatonin. Magnesium also restores memory and decreases protein buildup that is associated with memory loss.
An amino acid produced naturally in the brain, GABA functions as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Its primary role is to block brain and nervous system neuron activity, helping to calm the mind, balance mood, relieve discomfort and induce sleepiness. In CALM, PharmaGABA® is a natural form of GABA sourced from a lactic acid that’s commonly found in kimchi. Supplementing our own GABA production, PharmaGABA® increases the production of low frequency alpha brain waves and reduces beta brain wave activity attributed to busier frequencies. This dual modulation helps the mind to cope with stressful situations and improves feelings of calm and peacefulness. In addition, PharmaGABA® helps to prevent stress-induced immune system weakening.
CALM just wouldn’t be CALM if it didn’t include a hemp-derived cannabinoid and terpene blend. CALM’s hemp-based blend consists of high-quality cannabinoids including CBG (cannabigerol) and five primary terpenes including linalool, beta-caryophyllene, myrcene, limonene, and terpinolene. Combined, these hemp compounds interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system and its vast network of CB1 and CB2 receptors. This hemp compound combo helps to regulate mood and natural circadian rhythms. Cannabinoids like CBG interact with serotonin and GABA receptors helping to ease excessive brain activity and promotes relaxation.
Herbal Adapter Extracts
Supported by their use across the globe for centuries, nearly all cultures have utilized herbs and their plant-based properties as remedies for sleeplessness and to help promote relaxation of both the mind and body. For CALM, our formulation team carefully considered a variety of herbal options before narrowing down the herbal blend to Passionflower, Valerian Root, and Lemon Balm, and Ashwagandha.
Passionflower is a woody vine plant that has historically thrived in tropical areas of South America, but also in Asia, Australia, and Polynesian Islands. Used by Aztec cultures for health and ceremonial purposes, passionflower was adopted by Europeans as a sedative. Passionflower extract in CALM helps to relieve emotional stress, supports the upregulation of GABA in the brain, and decreases toxicity.
Growing clusters of pink or white flowers, the valerian plant is native to areas of Europe and Asia. As its roots were used hundreds of years ago in ancient Greece and Rome for sleep-related purposes, it is utilized in CALM for the same reasons. Compounds of the root interact with brain molecules to produce feelings of tranquility. Specifically, valerenic acid inhibits the breakdown of GABA, which helps to regulate nerve impulses in the brain and nervous system. Valerian root is also known for its robust antioxidant properties that promote sleepiness. Unlike some prescription sedatives, valerian root does not impair cognitive or psychomotor performance.
A popular choice for stress relief, lemon balm—also known as the “calming herb”—is a member of the mint family and is native to areas of Europe and the Mediterranean. It’s been researched to reduce activity in the brain and eases negative psychological moods. It’s also been studied as an aid for cognitive functionality. Categorized as a nervine herb, lemon balm supports the central nervous system, helping to suppress fight or flight responses.
An herb used in traditional Ayurvedic wellness practices for thousands of years, Ashwagandha is known as an adaptogen that promotes balance—like hemp compounds—in various systems throughout the body. During interaction with brain chemicals Ashwagandha’s properties support relief from stress and provide a subtle and natural calming effect.