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New Natural, Plant-Based Edibles for Sleep

by Pantry Food Co. on June 25, 2021

There is no denying that sleep is one of the most essential parts of living a quality-rich life. Leveraging sleep edibles or not, being able to shut down your mind and body for ~7-8 hours every night is what effectively allows you to wake up each day feeling rested and ready to perform at peak potential. Not to mention that getting regular quality sleep can has been linked to reducing the risk of chronic illnesses like high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, immunity disorders, and even heart disease. 


But guess what?


Despite knowing how critical good sleep is, The American Sleep Association states that there are around 50-70 million adult Americans who are currently suffering from sleep disorders such as insomnia. As unfortunate as that may be, there are many over the counter medications and prescription drugs that one can take to help optimize sleep quality. Some work, some don’t, and some come with way too many adverse side effects to make it worth taking in the first place. Why? Because most of these commercial resources are not plant-based or deemed natural sleep aids, a prevalent issue that we here at Pantry take pride in bridging with our opulent sleep edibles, Nite Bites.
 

The Pantry Nite Bites - The Best Natural Sleep Aid 

If there is one thing for sure, our dedicated and passionate Pantry team does not deliver or supply our customers with anything less than perfect. Our mission for excellence is something we each deeply value from product creation to delivery, and we illuminate that by only using the most natural, quality ingredients with keen dose integration precision. With that being said, one of the superfood edibles on our line that deserves the spotlight in relation to improving sleep is the Nite Bites.

Nite Bites are a plant-based adaptogen blend that uses a pragmatic and evidence-based combination of all-natural functional ingredients that are proven to influence better sleep. In addition (and like every other product we produce), our Nite Bites are vegan, gluten-free, low-glycemic, and each package comes with 20 pieces of guilt-free dark chocolates. Each Nite Bite is only 15 calories, features 5 MG of THC and CBN per piece, and contains several other powerful ingredients that have collectively raised the sleep edibles standards bar both in taste and purpose. 
 

The Functional Pantry Nite Bite Ingredients Breakdown  

  • THC + CBN:

     As noted above, we have a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBN within our special Nite Bites recipe. Now, it is important to note that CBN (best known for being the cannabinoid that develops when THC ages and oxidizes) is a non-intoxicating compound. Furthermore, CBN on its own does not actually make you drowsy, that is until you intertwine it with THC. In short, THC and CBN are the ultimate power couple that enhances sleep through natural sedation. In fact, studies such as a respected one found here discovered that the sedative effects from THC are much stronger with CBN integrated. 
  • Valerian Root:

    Native to parts of Asia and Europe, valerian root is a natural herb and sleep aid that we leverage within our plant-based sleep edibles. Overall, valerian root contains tons of potent antioxidants, with hesperidin and linarin specifically linking to its sedative and sleep advancing properties. These elements are also said to reduce excessive activity in the amygdala, which is the section of the brain that processes the various emotional responses to stress. In simpler terms, valerian root can help you shut off racing thoughts and relax you, making it an exceptional natural sleep aid ingredient. 
  • L-theanine:

    L-theanine is an impressive amino acid that happens to be found in tea and some mushrooms. It is reputable for improving mental functions and is also well known for reducing feelings of anxiety and stress - two big things that often keep people tossing and turning at night. L-theanine essentially has a chemical structure very similar to the naturally occurring amino acid glutamate, enabling L-theanine to help block some of those nerve impulse transits from glutamate to elevate focus, mood and ease the mind.
  • Passionflower:

    Passionflower, also referred to as Passiflora incarnata, has been utilized for centuries in Europe and America as a way to calm anxiety and treat insomnia. Today, and with much more research, scientists believe that passionflower holds its natural sleep aid abilities by increasing the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels in the brain. For those still unclear on how this connects, GABA is the chemical in the brain that makes you feel more relaxed and peaceful by lowering brain cell activity. By taking passionflower and raising those GABA levels, it makes the natural relaxation responses much more effective.

  • Melatonin:

    Lastly, melatonin is probably not something new to you, especially if you have suffered from sleep disturbances at some point in your life. In summary, this naturally created hormone is located in your brain and helps balance your wake-sleep cycle. Your body produces melatonin naturally as the sun goes down and acts on your body's receptors to promote good, deep sleep. 

sleep better now image: line graph comparison of onset times for melatonin, l-theanine, valerian root and CBN

    Why do edibles for sleep work?

    The main reason edibles for sleep work so well is that they are so much more potent than non-edible cannabis products. Some of the most potent cannabis edibles manufactured today are often upwards of 100 milligrams of THC. This is an incredible amount of cannabis for someone to be eating. But for people with sleep disorders, a minimal amount of cannabis in Nite Bites can be the most effective way to get anxiety relief and fix insomnia.

    Another reason why edibles for sleep work is the “high” feeling they produce. It’s very common for people who use edibles for sleep to experience a sedative high that helps them fall asleep and stay asleep. The “high” feeling of edibles for sleep are often not as intense and pleasurable as smoking or vaping cannabis. Those who would rather not feel “high” while sleeping may find that edibles for sleep are a great option.

    Eating cannabis to help you fall asleep might sound like an odd way to use marijuana. But it’s actually a very effective way to get the most out of your cannabis. For many people, edibles for sleep can keep them sleep for from eight to twelve hours. And it’s easier to avoid the negative side-effects of smoking and vaping cannabis. Plus, Nite Bites last longer in the body. This means that you can take an edible earlier in the day and still feel the effects of the cannabis into the night.

    Pantry Nite Bites sitting on white sheets 

     

    Who Are Nite Bites Recommended For?

    The truth is that plant-based sleep edibles are an excellent natural sleep aid for any legal adult to benefit from if they are struggling at night. Whether it be sleep deprivation caused by anxious thoughts, restless movements, or sleep disorders such as insomnia, these valuable chocolate resources are able to provoke new levels of peace and calmness. Furthermore, THC in general has been linked to restoring the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle that often falls out of sync in stressful, fast-paced lifestyles. That result stems from THC’s mixture of the sedative effects, the notion that it can improve breathing while sleeping, and its ability to reduce the time spent in REM sleep while increasing the slow-wave sleep. That equates to less time dreaming, which can often be a sleep deprivation trigger for those with frequent disturbing or PTSD dreams that wake them up. 
     
    Tip: Take your sleep edibles about 30 minutes to an hour before you go to bed, as this is the rough duration needed for them to start becoming effectual. You will feel the full effects by hour #2.
     

    Summary - Sleep Better, Feel Better

    If there is one factor of your life that you should never cut corners on or neglect, it is your sleep. Sleep is the foundation of maintaining a healthy physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, so don't underestimate how much sleep deprivation can affect you negatively during your obligated wake hours. Now, if you happen to resonate with the 27% of Americans who have trouble falling and staying asleep, have some peace of mind knowing that there are natural sleep aid resources like Nite Bites out there that offer optimal slumber support if your brain tends to kick into hyper-speed the moment it touches the pillow. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to have some luxury dark chocolate before bed! 
     
    Overall, consider leveraging the powerful ingredient combination of these superfood sleep edibles to maximize your sleep quality each night. Not only do they taste quite amazing, but they will effectively support you in combating a racing mind so you can finally wake up each morning confident, relaxed, and above all, rested - a rite of passage that everyone deserves to experience.  
     

    If you are ready to improve your sleep naturally but are still unsure if sleep edibles are right for you, then please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be more than happy to offer more tailored guidance and assist you every step of the way. chef@pantrycannabis.com