It’s commonly known that certain botanicals can promote relaxation and transition into sleep as well as support sound, restorative sleep. What’s new and intriguing is that we now understand previously unknown mechanisms of action — many of these sleep-supporting botanicals contain compounds that interact with cannabinoid receptors, or share chemical similarity with cannabinoids, or both. These phyto-cannabinoids can provide similar benefits to those provided by hemp cannabinoids through comparable mechanisms in the body.
When we think of cannabinoids and the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), hemp and CBD automatically come to mind. However, the ECS is not exclusively responsive to hemp—there are various non-hemp botanicals (other phyto-cannabinoids) and natural compounds like terpenes that interact with this intricate system, offering different therapeutic benefits and promoting homeostatic regulation within the body. Terpenes are aromatic oils produced in a variety of plants, including cannabis, and are responsible for their unique odors and flavors.