Product reviews: Hemp extract helps ease tuckered out users into a deep sleep, while patch’s appeal somewhat more patchy

Will Yuyo Botanicals and The Good Patch, which offer two hemp-derived sleep aides currently not available in Canada, help the slumber-challenged get much-needed shuteye?

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From left: The Nite Nite transdermal patch, and Yuyo Botanicals’ 900 mg PM Formula. Photo: Fleur Marche

Brand: The Good Patch
Product: Nite Nite transdermal patch
Available for purchase:Fleur Marche
Cost: US$12
Serving size: one patch
Ingredient list: Hemp 15 mg, melatonin

The Nite Nite transdermal patch, for one-time use, is a clear square designed to deliver sustained, discreet relief. Photo: Fleur Marche

How does it work?

Having a tough time with insomnia? Makers of the Nite Nite transdermal patch believe they can help out. Place the patch on any venous area of the body (the wrist or stomach are suggestions) for maximum effect, and leave on for as long as 12 hours. Eager to give the patch a try, the directions on the packaging prove a bit of a hurdle, not being the easiest to follow. True, the patch can be slapped on the body part of choice before sleep, but to get a better grasp on its full effects, take the time to read up on the website.

What does it look like?

The patch is a clear square designed to deliver sustained, discreet relief. The website reports the product is free of latex, parabens, sulphates, synthetic fragrances, artificial dyes and colours, something that those with sensitive skin or allergies would surely welcome. Unfortunately, testing the patch on the wrist resulted in the adhesive slightly irritating the skin in certain places, but not all. Additionally, the adhesive firmed up once placed on the skin, which became a bit uncomfortable when on the wrist. Perhaps the stomach, or even a shoulder, is the better bet.

Does it actually work?

It’s really hard to say, to be honest. Having applied the patch 45 minutes before bedtime, upon tucking into bed, not as much time as usual was spent on the phone, instead falling asleep around 11 pm. The sleep was deeper and uninterrupted. Upon waking, however, there was some grogginess, perhaps courtesy of the melatonin. Since the patch retails for US$12 for one-time use, it’s likely to be a bit pricey if used on a more regular basis.

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Brand: Yuyo Botanicals
Product: 900 mg PM Formula
Available for purchase:Fleur Marche
Cost: US$110
Serving size: 30 ml
Ingredient list: Organically grown hemp extract, chamomile, sweet orange and hops

Yuyo Botanicals’ 900 mg PM Formula is made up of organically grown hemp extract, chamomile, sweet orange and hops. Photo: Fleur Marche

How does it work?

A few rungs up on the price ladder, the 30 ml tincture bottle offers 900 mg of cannabinoid extract meant to help with sleep, chronic pain and migraines. The website suggests taking 30 mg in the evening. The dropper is very clearly marked, removing any guesswork, which is super handy.

What does it look like?

Again, there are minimal instructions on the bottle itself. But a quick visit to the website provides some helpful information that one can use to make an informed decision about how much to take. The website reports one droplet of formula contains 1.5 mg of cannabinoid extract. There is no recommendation on how often to use it, but the website states each bottle provides a 30-day supply. This, of course, will depend on use per week and dose.

Does it actually work?

Not finding any information about how long before bedtime the tincture should be used, I settled on 30 minutes and took 0.50 ml. Instructed to leave the oil under the tongue for one minute, the result was an overpowering herbal taste, with a citrusy profile, reminiscent of the taste of Citra hops, largely found in craft beer. The taste lingered, though a glass of water helped wash that away.

While going in somewhat skeptical, I was pleasantly surprised to find my body reacted immediately. Drowsy in 20 to 30 minutes, I fell asleep much more quickly than usual. Also, the sleep was sound and lasted throughout the night, uninterrupted until the alarm went off. Incredible.

 

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