This concern has a basis in the fact that CBD is often used to fight occasional insomnia. Since it can fight sleeplessness, it stands to reason that it makes you sleepy, right?
At the same time, some people worry that taking CBD or Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil may make them drowsy, hazy or groggy, thus hindering an active lifestyle.
“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be as a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications… To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Now that Hemp Oil is widely available, people are becoming more aware of its potential as a botanical compound with the potential to support your health.
Well, no. Unlike its sister compound, THC—the psychotropic cannabinoid in cannabis—CBD is non-psychotropic, non-addictive, and non-sedative.
Several studies and the World Health Organization have shown that Hemp Oil is not habit-forming and is generally well tolerated by the human body. The most common side effects that have been observed are dry mouth, dizziness, and nausea:
However, Hemp Oil may help the mind relax and focus better, and it is this feeling of relaxation that helps people fight off insomnia and have a restful night. When people are well-rested, they feel less sleepy and tired during the day. This can help support a proper and healthy sleep cycle.
There is some evidence that CBD may reduce anxiety and promote feelings of calm and relaxation, which could lead to better sleep in some people.
CBD may diminish the anxiety that can render it challenging to fall asleep. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Research suggests that CBD may act on serotonin receptors, prompting the release of endocannabinoids. Serotonin is also one of the most important neurotransmitters for regulating the sleep-wake cycle. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
What are the other potential benefits of CBD?
Although more studies on CBD and sleep disorders need to be conducted, Vo pointed to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, which returns more than 100 results for a search of CBD and sleep. The articles include studies and reviews of previous research, mostly conducted on animal models, which may overlap. A 2019 review of the use of CBD and THC for sleep indicates that cannabinoids may improve sleep quality, decrease sleep disturbances, and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep.
“CBD itself doesn’t do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to binding to CB1 and CB2 receptors but instead promotes the binding of the endocannabinoids already in our systems,” Drew Ford, Chief Science Officer at Kase Manufacturing, a cannabis extraction facility, told Weedmaps. “It ensures they bind to the receptors that they’re supposed to go to.”
That being said, Ford also acknowledges that CBD may diminish the anxiety that can inhibit sleep and “could be effective as a sleep aid for people who need to calm down and relax their mind.”
Burns agrees, adding that THC can also cause anxiety and restlessness at doses higher than 10 milligrams. “Because of this, I would say that CBD is a better sleep aid for most people; however, dosing less than 10 milligrams of THC along with 20 milligrams or more of CBD could be a great combination.”
After trying CBD, you will have a better idea if CBD makes you sleepy or not. Keep in mind, different dosages or delivery forms (vape, tinctures, oil, gummies, etc.) may have a slightly different effect on you than other forms or dosages.
Always trust products which have been third-party tested. These products are tested for their CBD levels, THC levels, and other contaminants. It is essential to know your product does not contain more than the legal limit of 0.3% THC. THC is also known to cause drowsiness.
CBD is also commonly used as a sleep aid and has been shown to help with stress and anxiety levels.
How Do I Avoid Getting Sleepy with CBD?
What’s interesting is, fatigue or drowsiness is the most common side effects people report in CBD studies. However, there is research on both animals, and humans to suggest that CBD promotes wakefulness.
In short, CBD may help people sleep better if CBD improves the underlying reason why they are having issues with sleeping.
Another consideration is mistaking feelings of calm and relaxation for sleepiness. CBD has a calming effect on the nervous system. Many people are used to feeling anxious and stressed every day. When they begin to feel relaxed and calm after using CBD, they may not be used to these feelings and might believe they, instead, feel tired.
For the most part, research suggests that CBD can make you sleepy as it is the most commonly reported side effect. However, it has also been shown to improve wakefulness in animals and people. All this to say that more research and a better understanding of how exactly CBD affects this part of the brain is needed.