As a girl who's almost-always tired, except during the designated hours I specifically allot to slumber, I'm always down to try the next shortcut to dream land. Melatonin pills taste sweet, but never did the trick for me. Some light stretches before bed definitely relaxed me, but never enough that I'd be ready to drift off. And over-the-counter sleeping medication did work, but always left me feeling groggy the next morning.
I recently tried the CBD Pillow for a couple reasons. First off, I needed a new pillow—a supportive head cushion that wasn't from Target or IKEA and had more than one digit in the price tag. My two sad polyester-filled pillows (which by now are probably ridden with dead skin cells and dust mites ) should have been replaced a very long time ago.
Second, I had never tried a CBD product before. I wanted to see if all the hype surrounding CBD, short for cannabidiol, was true. It's been touted as a cure-all for seizures, chronic pain, insomnia, and anxiety. Being that it can be taken in many forms, I felt trying it in pillow form, where all I had to do was lay on my head down and try to sleep, was the most comfortable option for me. Also, what appealed to me about the CBD pillow in particular was the fact that unlike oil or gummies, which wear off after a few hours, the pillow continually releases micro doses of CBD all night long as you sleep. This specifically caters to my problem, which is waking up in the middle of a night, because even as a grown adult, I have still not mastered the art of sleep.
I'll give you the lowdown: the CBD pillow is a complete godsend—it does work! If you have problems falling asleep and staying asleep, it's worth the $99 investment. If you don't have sleeping problems, but are looking for more quality Zzzs, it can only do you good. But before you order, I’ll take you through my experience with the pillow—as there were some things I didn't expect upon receiving it and using it.
My Review of the CBD Pillow
The CBD pillow came delivered in a tall rectangular box. The box looked like one that you might get a bouquet of flowers sent in — as the pillow's memory foam fill makes it easy to bend and package like that. As I opened the box, I quickly realized that despite being named the "CBD Pillow," only the pillowcase was actually infused with CBD — and not the pillow itself. It was a little disappointing; however, the memory foam pillow that came included was already much nicer than what I was plopping my head on every night. Also, what's super neat is that the pillow's fill is easily removable. This allows you to remove some of it in order to adjust the pillow's firmness to your liking. After reading more about the pillow, it seemed that the CBD-infused pillowcase used in conjunction with the memory foam pillow were actually the two key ingredients in getting a perfect night's sleep.
Next, the instructions suggested that the pillow be placed in the dryer beforehand to help fluff up the memory foam; or left out for 24 hours. I did neither as I read the directions too quickly, and did not notice that step until now. Either way, I found the pillow comfortable as is. No regrets.
Finally, it was time to activate the CBD pillow—or rather slip the CBD-infused pillowcase on the pillow. To be honest, I'm not sure how the pillowcase is actually infused with CBD, but I can tell you that there is nothing that will ever leak or soil your bed. There is definitely a subtle scent to the pillowcase that is a little earthy, but overall it's pleasant. I was unbothered by the smell; however, the instructions suggest that if it bothers you, you can add an additional pillowcase on top to lessen the scent.
I slept on the pillow as is: in an off-white colored pillow case with CBD pillow etched into the fabric. It's not the most attractive pillow I’ve ever seen, but neither were the bags under my eyes.
Sσ ωнαт ιѕ ƇƁƊ? CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid or compound found in marijuana (cannabis). It doesn't produce a high like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the perhaps more well-known cannabinoid, does. See, THC and CBD are the cannabis plant's two major players. But, with CBD, you don't experience the psychoactive or euphoric effect. This is what makes it perfect for our CBD Pillow. CBD provides comfort and rest, rather than a psychoactive high.
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I followed my regular night time routine—lurking on every social media platform until I had seen every post possible. I noticed as I was laying with my head propped up on the pillow that I had a slight headache. I hardly ever get headaches, so I was a little concerned. However, it could have been an initial reaction to my first time using a CBD product. I haven't had a headache since the first night.
I set my multiple alarms on my iPhone (yes, sadly I am THAT person), put my phone on my side table and went to sleep. The next thing I knew, the alarms were ringing. It was morning... and I had slept through the night!? In fact, I had peaced out instantly after putting my phone down and rolling over—although I didn't even think I was that tired. I woke up after the first night thinking it was a little scary how abruptly the pillow knocked me out. Although, I did wake up feeling fine and well-rested. In the days following, I continued to sleep with the pillow, and the way I dozed off felt more natural.
Being that I often wake up in the middle of the night for some unknown reason, sulk about it for 30 minutes, then later fall back asleep—it's actually been a huge game-changer. It's been allowing me to enjoy uninterrupted sleep. Once I fall asleep, I stay asleep. I've also been averaging almost an hour extra each night than before I started using it.
While I do recommend this pillow, there's one important detail. The pillowcase (which again is the only part actually infused with CBD) lasts an average of three to six months, which means you'll have to replace it. However, the actual gel memory foam pillow has a 10 year warranty. CBD pillow sells replacement pillowcases so you don't have to keep re-purchasing the pillow every time you're running low.
Between the high-quality pillow combined with the magic power of CBD, it's a great addition to your bed. I'm not going to say that every night since using the pillow has been the best night of sleep I've ever had, but I can confidently say that overall the length and quality of my sleep has improved since using the CBD pillow—it does what it claims, which is to "help relieve chronic pain and trouble sleeping."
Want to try it out yourself? You can snag your own CBD pillow here. Still not convinced? Need to sleep on it... literally? CBD Pillow is so sure you'll love its pillow, that the brand offers a 30-day money back guarantee.
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