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Gravity Blanket Unveils New CBD Line For A Better Night’s Sleep – Forbes

Sweet dreams are made of CBD. And even sweeter dreams could come when combining a nightly dose with a weighted blanket.

Gravity, which launched its signature product in 2017 thanks to a Kickstarter campaign raising more than $4.7 million, has just unveiled a pair of CBD (cannabidiol) gel capsules in collaboration with the Brooklyn-based supplement brand Mellowment.

A natural extension of its full suite of sleep and stress solution products, Mellowment + Gravity AM ($45) and PM ($75), go beyond the award-winning blanket (Time Magazine named it one of the Best Inventions of 2018) for an even sounder night’s sleep.

The Gravity Blanket is filled with micro beads that use deep touch pressure stimulation to encourage the feeling of being held or hugged.Courtesy: Gravity

On its own, the Gravity Blanket ($249) is a proven sleep aid according to a validation study released today (it’s officially #WorldSleepDay) by SleepScore Labs. Filled with micro beads that use deep touch pressure stimulation to encourage the feeling of being held or hugged, the Gravity Blanket was reported to help 72 percent of users in the research set to reduce stress and spend less time awake during the night.

SleepScore Labs, which is backed by 13 years of comprehensive research and development, including more than seven million nights of objective sleep data, also found that 76 percent of the positively effected users reported falling asleep faster. The CDC estimates that 50-70 million adults in the United States have chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders.

“For a lot of people, winding down after a busy, stressful day can be difficult. While it’s not fully understood how deep pressure leads to relaxation, it has been observed in multiple studies. This study adds to that growing evidence of the effectiveness of a weighted blanket, by showing an improvement in objectively measured sleep next to self-reported improvement of relaxation and sleep quality and decrease in experienced stress before bedtime,” explains SleepScore Labs’ vice president of sleep science and scientific affairs Roy Raymann, Ph.D.

Mellowment + Gravity PM contains 25 milligrams of CBD along with 1 milligram each of Melatonin and Chamomile.Courtesy: Gravity

While scientific studies specific to the non-psychoactive cousin of cannabis are still in infancy, according to an in-depth Project CBD Special Report, “CBD and other plant cannabinoids show promise for treating insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and other sleep-related disorders.”

As one of the few CBD products currently on the market also formulated with a blend of melatonin and chamomile, Mellowment + Gravity PM contains 25 milligrams per gel capsule. Its daytime formula contains 10 milligrams of CBD and is designed to relieve nervous energy while minimizing fatigue to keep you relaxed, yet highly focused during they day.

Mellowment sources industrial grade hemp grown on a vertically integrated farm in Colorado and uses a patented emulsification process for a stronger and faster effect.

“CBD is a space we’ve been paying a lot of attention to for the last few years and adding these products to our portfolio aligns with our strategy in building a holistic sleep brand,”says Gravity CEO Mike Grillo. “That said, as with any nascent industry, there are some questionable actors in the space, and we wanted to approach our first CBD product as a partnership with a high-quality, trusted supplier like Mellowment.”

Mellowment co-founder and COO Dan Scanlon, who worked as a software engineer for Gravity before launching his CBD company in 2018, explains, “Our water-soluble PCR (phytocannabinoid-rich) hemp oil allows it to be absorbed by the body’s cells via osmosis, increasing the overall amount of CBD absorbed with each dose.”

A Gravity Blanket in the faux fur duvet cover option ($120).Courtesy: Gravity

And unlike the industry standard of products containing a 0.03 percent trace of THC, Mellowment uses a purification process to remove 100 percent of the psychoactive compound.

Grillo, who personally uses the products in harmony every evening, adds, “We believe that both our blanket and gel capsules work excellently on their own, but combined, the potential benefits are compounding. I can say that they have had a marked impact on my ability to stay asleep throughout the night.”

*Disclaimer: The effects of CBD are still being studied, so consult with a medical professional before consumption.