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If you’re interested in CBD (which presumably you are if you’ve made your way here), there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have heard or read about how CBD oil can help with sleep. But did you know that CBD tea might be a better option for many who are hoping to achieve a restful night’s sleep? 

There are three key reasons for this: 

  • CBD tea usually contains cannabidiolic acids such as CBDa, which have unique benefits. Most CBD brands make CBD tea using raw hemp, which does contain cannabidiolic acids (when steeped for 15 minutes or so) but very low levels of CBD and other cannabinoids, if any at all. It also doesn’t taste great, so it can be hard to get in the habit of sipping it through the day! In The Tonic teas, you’ll benefit from a full spectrum water soluble CBD which delivers both cannabidiolic acids and cannabinoids, and has no flavour at all. Instead, our teas rely on other, tasty ingredients such as mango, jasmine, banana, papaya, licorice and cinnamon, to create unrivalled flavour. Read on for more about this…
  • Both cannabidiolic acids and water soluble CBD found in our CBD tea have much higher bioavailability that CBD oil. This means more of the product actually gets absorbed and used by your body. Read on for more about this…
  • Additional ingredients, such as blue cornflower, mallow, white tea and lemongrass come with their own raft of wellbeing benefits, many of which have been traditionally used as natural sleep aids.

Is CBD tea good for sleep?

Putting the kettle on and sitting down with a hot cup of (any) tea appears to have an instant calming effect all on its own (noted in a study performed by Dr Malcolm Cross and Rita Michaels, psychologists at the City University London). But, on top of this, there are many reasons why CBD tea in particular (especially water soluble CBD tea) is a great choice for lulling your mind and body into a deep slumber. More so if you drink cups throughout the day or add a couple of cups to your usual CBD oil to gently up your daily dose.

Let’s explore these key points listed above…

What are cannabidiolic acids?

Cannabidiolic acids are the precursors to cannabinoids – the mother molecules, if you will! They can be found in raw hemp plants, as well as some full spectrum and whole plant CBD oils (including the water soluble full spectrum oil used in The Tonic CBD teas). 

When cannabidiolic acids are heated through a process called decarboxylation, they become fatty molecules called cannabinoids, an example of which is CBD (converted from CBDa). It’s worth noting that heating via steeping in boiling water, as when making a tea, does not convert cannabidiolic acids into cannabinoids.

Although cannabinoids, particularly CBD, have taken centre stage in the CBD industry, cannabidiolic acids are just as valuable – in some ways even more so!

One study even found CBDa to be 1000 times more effective at combating nausea and anxiety than the CBD molecule, due to a potent interaction with serotonin receptors. 

This interaction is also vitally important when it comes to sleep, as optimum levels of serotonin gives your body the tools to create melatonin – a natural hormone that is produced by the pineal gland and released into the bloodstream to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. 

What is bioavailability?

Bioavailability refers to the amount of a substance that is absorbed by the body and becomes active. As the human body is made largely of water, and CBD oil is made of fatty compounds, very little of this is actually able to be absorbed because water and fat doesn’t mix well. In fact, the oral bioavailability of CBD has been shown to be very low (13–19%), with some studies even showing levels as low as 6%.

However, water soluble CBD and cannabidiolic acids (which are also naturally water soluble) are another story. Multiple studies have shown that water soluble formulations have vastly superior bioavailability. One study even claims an increased absorption rate of up to 500%!

How fast does CBD tea work?

While CBD edibles, such as CBD gummies, CBD chocolate and CBD capsules, can take quite some time to go through the digestive process, CBD tea leaves the stomach and enters the bloodstream much faster as there’s less to break down. The Water Soluble CBD we use is designed to have maximum absorption too, which increases the speed. 

According to a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, water that’s consumed on an empty stomach can enter the bloodstream in as little as 5 minutes. When drunk with a meal, it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours. 

Tea is likely to take a little longer, given the extra bits and bobs that need breaking down and processing. But not much.

If you’re drinking CBD tea as a natural sleep aid, establish a new ritual where you sip on it in bed as you read a book shortly before turning out the light. 

Will CBD tea get you high?

As with all, legal, regulated CBD products, CBD tea will not get you high. Though, along with all the other calming natural ingredients found in The Tonic’s sleep-focused CBD teas, it might make you feel super sleepy!

If you’re keen to try CBD tea as a natural sleep aid, you’ve come to the right place! The Tonic offers a range of delicious teas developed for a variety of needs, featuring water soluble, full spectrum CBD. Visit our CBD shop and treat yourself to sleep, as it should be.

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