Can CBD oil make you sleepy?

  • Can CBD oil make you sleepy?

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    You’re seeing a lot of differing answers because people are confused on the research.

    CBD’s studies on sleep showed something interesting- it will improve sleep-wake cycles and REM sleep in the majority of those who’ve used it. BUT, it doesn’t create the feeling of sleepiness (or what researchers call somnolence)

    That being said: Yes it can make you sleepy. But, it’s considered a not-so-common side effect.

    Since there are about 800 studies involving CBD’s movement and actions (pharmacokinetics) in the bodies of humans and animals, they have documented any and all potential untoward side effects from these published studies. Among them is somnolence.

    CBD is stimulating the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and increasing levels of anandamide (the bliss hormone) in your brain and body.

    This regulates a cascade of other hormones and functions, in multiple organs, and even in your skin.

    The feeling of drowziness can be a side effect from all of this regulation but it’s exact mechanism of action is unknown according to research. Researchers have just documented this feeling consistently whenever groups were studied and so it’s listed as a potential side effect.

    Also check to see if your CBD oil has the terpene myrcene in it. This is associated with sedation and pain relief. (usually used in sleep aids)

    I’m actually going to answer this question from the perspective of my ex. Just put yourself in her position for a moment, as someone with both anxiety and depression, which affected her sleep. The reason I’m answering from her perspective is because I’m pretty pro-weed, as you can probably see from where I work and from my bio. She was seriously anti-weed when we first met, and while I whittled her down a little, she never actually tried it (except one half-arsed toke on a joint when she had seriously bad cramps one time, but people say you don’t get high the first time you smoke weed anyway so). Anyway we were in California, and I was working for another company online out there. When I went to meet them all and visit the company, they gave me a few CBD vape pens (they were 6:1 CBD:THC, but this is important) which had a tiny percentage of THC in them compared to CBD.

    She had really bad anxiety one night, and felt awful. I badgered her into trying the vape pen, saying that it wouldn’t get her high (which is true, it didn’t) From that point on she started using it daily, purely to relax. Now, you have to note something about this, and that’s the entourage effect. People say that neither CBD nor THC are as effective as a medicine without the other one. This means that she was benefiting from the THC inside the vape, even if she wasn’t getting high. However, it helped her immensely, and she could sleep a lot better after it. I’ve personally used CBD only pens, because I’m originally from the UK where obviously THC is illegal. It helped me a little bit, especially with the cravings of smoking, but it didn’t really help me feel any better. The problem is that a lot of people who want to try CBD get sold basically snake oil, which doesn’t really help them. That little bit of THC does just the trick, and the THC and CBD work together to make you feel better.

    Especially if you’re in a country where THC is illegal, if you’re buying a CBD pen or CBD oil, you can’t really expect the results that you’re looking for. You need something stronger, better quality, and containing THC. However, if you eat a decent amount of decent quality CBD oil, you will find release from anxiety. Pens are better, however, as the release is instant, instead of taking several hours.

    PS this answer was 420 words long until I wrote this.

    I have generalized anxiety disorder as well as depression and chronic back problems, and while my pain doctor did not outright tell me to try CBD, they mentioned it to me and told me that I should do some research. I did a lot of research because I was worried about it somehow showing up on a drug screen and getting in trouble for that, but as long as you stay away from the full spectrum CBD, the chances of the trace amounts of THC showing up are slim to none.

    I started off doing the CBD in a vape because I have a hard time taking any kind of liquid medicine and I was worried the tinctures would make me throw up. I usually put about 20 or so drops into the tank and then fill it up with regular vape juice. When I vape, I can immediately feel this sort of calm spread over my entire body. I’m still aware of everything that is going on and one puff won’t relieve all of my anxiety, but I can definitely tell that I am feeling calmer instantly.

    If I am just trying to relax to help me fall asleep, I do it for about 15 minutes before I want to go to bed, but I only smoke maybe once or twice every minute. To really calm me down when I’m just feeling overly anxious, I smoke for about 3–5 minutes straight. Like I am literally inhaling, exhaling, and immediately inhaling again. This really really relaxes me and I feel calmer for about 10–15 minutes after I stop. If I am having a panic/anxiety attack I put about 10 to 20 drops right in the coil because it hits you faster and I smoke it constantly for as long as it takes for me to stop panicking, plus an extra 10 minutes. Depending on how much I just took, it may still relax me for an extra half hour.

    Recently I decided to try CBD bath bombs because I use bath bombs regularly to help me relax and to help with my back pain and the CBD store that just opened near me was selling them. And I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who has anxiety or struggles with falling asleep. Within a few minutes, I felt very calm and relaxed, and it sort of reminded me of a buzz from having a glass of wine. It was very soothing and I just felt this weight lift off of my shoulders.

    It wasn’t a high enough amount of CBD to help with my pain at all, but I have actually decided to start making my own bath bombs so that I can control how much CBD is in there and what other essential oils are being used as well. Also the bath bombs can be anywhere from $10-$15 so making them on my own will be far cheaper because I plan on using these regularly.

    I have also started using CBD tinctures from CBDistillery and I actually really like it as well. I typically mix mine in with yogurt or lemonade to help with the taste and sometimes I will add it to my hot tea in the evening for an extra calming effect. I got the 500mg bottle and am now taking 1/2 a dropper twice a day and it works really well to help keep me calm and relaxed throughout the day. The only downside is that it does take a while to kick in, and if I do have a panic attack, I still have to vape for a while to get myself to calm down.

    Overall, I think CBD has been working really well for me and has made me feel more relaxed on a daily basis. I still haven’t started using the gummies or the full spectrum products that contain 0.3% THC, but I think the pure CBD products work well enough that the others aren’t needed. I just hope that this will become more mainstream soon so that my insurance will approve it because it can get a bit expensive.

    Although the effects and benefits of CBD are still being actively researched, we can discuss what preliminary research shows. Overall, CBD has shown, in clinical settings, to help relieve convulsions, inflammation, anxiety, nausea, and other health concerns; in fact, hundreds of peer-reviewed studies indicate that CBD possesses almost unbelievable clinical potential.

    The list below shows the findings that our science community has found when it comes to the benefits of CBD:

    1. Epilepsy
      1. CBD first came to the national spotlight when CNN’s WEED documentary highlighted how the hemp extract improved Charlotte’s conditions, a child suffering from dravet syndrome. Complementing this story, several anecdotal evidence and initial research show that CBD has strong implications to help patients with epilepsy.
    2. Chronic Pain
      1. Early results imply that CBD can help reduce chronic pain, especially those related to nerve pain.
    3. Anxiety
      1. One of CBD’s most promising implications have been in its anti-anxiety properties. Some pet owners have even report that using CBD oil on their dogs have helped treat them for anxiety issues. Early clinical trials have shown that this seems to be the case for both humans and animals.
    4. Depression
      1. CBD dosing experiments have shown that small dosages of CBD has an “Active” effect, which means that it actually helps you stay active and focused. Interestingly, large dosages have the opposite effect: a sedative effect. More research has to show what is the optimal dosage to take for the anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects to be optimal, but it’s something one can also experiment with to find the dosage that suits them best.
    5. Arthritis
      1. CBD’s benefits of alleviating joint pains has been the main reason behind brands developing topicals infused with CBD. You can find many brands who are starting to offer lotions or muscle freeze applications that include CBD.
    6. Diabetes
      1. The results of testing for CBD’s effects on diabetes is in a very primitive stage. However, early findings have shown that cannabinoids (both THC and CBD) can have positive effects in slowing down cell damages that are related to diabetes.
    7. Drug Addiction, Smoking, and Alcoholism
      1. Early clinical trials have shown that CBD can reduce nicotine addiction and have actually reduced the number of cigarettes smoked by 40%!

    Learn more about the actual research findings that support these findings:

    What Are The Actual Benefits of CBD?

    I take CBD, which I make myself, every 3–4 hours for pain control.

    Because I use CBD from cannabis sativa and indica and not cannabis ruderalis (hemp) I get sme beneficial THC with my CBD.

    I take about 1/2 an ounce sublingually.

    I also used CBD to wean myself off opioids last year-I’d been addicted to opioids following a serious auto accident and was on them 25 years. Finally about 5 years ago I decided to cut back the opioid because they were negatively impacting my entire body.

    With CBD, I was able to deal with withdrawal symptoms and now control pain entirely with CBD. I seldom take an NSAID, unlike when I was on opioids.

    Pain control is much better actually, with CBD.

    I have friends who take CBD for epilepsy seisures, MS, Parkinson’s, cancer, Fibro and other diseases. They all have their doctors permission to use cannabis for their illnesses, they just didn’t have experience making or using cannabis products.

    I do. We got together and formed a support group and have about a twice a month “Pot Luck” where we get together, talk about hw we feel, have lunch, I distribute the CBD tinctures and cookies and this week my first gummys made with CBD.

    Then I bring out my trusty bong and we all get mildly stoned, put on some old rock and roll and those of us who can still dance, do.

    Were a group of about 15 women. Not that we don’t want to have men, it’s just we seem to scare them off. But having a good laugh is beneficial for everyone as is cutting loose for half a day,

    If you want to make your own CBD tinctures, which I find easier to make and take, there are directions on my Quora blog.

    I respectively disagree with the 2 previous answers.

    I am 100% a believer in CBD, but it’s important not be naive and think that it works as effectively for every single person in the same way.

    From my experience, I’ve seen the following in downsides in certain situations:

    1. It can lead to drowsiness.
    2. It can lead to an upset stomach if not taken with food.
    3. It can lead to nausea (usually, again if not taken with food)

    Their are several very important factors to consider when taking CBD.

    1. Dosage
    2. The source of the oil/salve and how it was made.
    3. The potency

    Let’s start with dosage.

    There is not really 1 size fits all with CBD when it comes to dosage, but many people simply start too low and don’t feel the effects. It takes a little while to get into the system, especially with oils. It’s been said that only 6% of many popular CBD oils actually get fully absorbed into the body. So dosing with enough is very key. A good rule of thumb-if you take say .5 ml of CBD consistency for 5–7 days and arent’ really noticing the effects, it may make sense to look at upping the dosage.

    The Source

    Many of the most popular CBD products today are made from various batches of hemp or cannabis plants that are not lab tested properly for efficacy and free of toxins and pesticides. This matters! Additionally, many CBD products are made from isolates that may not work as effectively as a full spectrum blend. Some CBD products are made from a “paste” that is imported from places such as Spain, and it’s very inconsistent. Before buying a CBD oil, make sure that you know where the hemp was grown, how it was processed, and if it’s been 3rd party lab tested. Many companies also put fillers, sweeteners, and other ingredients to “water down” the product.


    This relates to dosage but many times you’ll hear people say, “I tried CBD and I just didn’t feel anything!” This is simply because they aren’t taking a product that is potent enough. Look at the actual CBD mg PER ml and you can get a good idea of what products are cheap and which products have a high efficacy and potency.

    I take from 5–15 milligrams of CBD tincture every 4–6 or so hours, more often if required. I’ve found the diminished pain sometimes brings considerable muscle relaxation, which means I’ve been having muscle tension from the pain. When I’ve relaxed, my body can work more easily and my mind thinks this just. might. be. a. good. time. for. a. nap… However, that generally only happens with 15 or more milligrams and is readily overcome by physical activity, I’ve discovered. It means my pain has lessened and now’s the time to get busy. But, every now and then, what I need is a good, refreshing nap, and I take one.

    Read the ingredients and see if there are any other herbs or additives that could be making you drowsy. If you read them and see anything other than the food items needed to make the gummy to hold the CBD oil, I recommend trying another CBD product.

    No, CBD promotes relaxation, but it does not act in the exact same way as a sedative medication would. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the brain to relieve insomnia and improve sleep quality.

    Most people who take CBD oil feel a calm, soothing effect shortly after consumption. This is not overpowering and does not cause any impairment of the individual. Indeed, a normal daily function is maintained and users are able to go about their daily business.

    Some medications come with warnings/disclaimers about driving or operating machinery. This is because of the strong sedative effects and how that can have safety implications. There is unlikely to be any such issues with CBD oil. CBD can improve the quality of sleep without making the user feel drowsy.

    Yes it can. But, it’s considered a not-so-common side effect.

    CBD is stimulating the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and increasing levels of anandamide (the bliss hormone) in your brain and body.

    This regulates a cascade of other hormones and functions, in multiple organs, and even in your skin.

    The feeling of drowziness can be a side effect from all of this regulation but it’s exact mechanism of action is unknown according to research. Researchers have just documented this feeling consistently whenever groups were studied and so it’s listed as a potential side effect.

    Also check to see if your CBD oil has the terpene myrcene in it. This is associated with sedation and pain relief. (usually used in sleep aids)

    It does not have that effect on me unless there is also THC in it. Equal parts of each CBD and THC are ideal for sleep. Remember it will take at least 1 hour to take effect and eating before you take it may make it take longer to kick in. If you have never used marijuana before about a 1/2 milligram of THC plus a 1/2 milligram of CBD 2 hours before bedtime should work. If you have experience with marijuana you may need a lot more.

    There is no true clinical evidence to support CBD as a sleep aid. CBD oil itself should not make a person drowsy,” Ford said. 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.

    Feeling weak and clumsy from a single 10 mg dose of CBD is unlikely. You may have some other reason for the symptoms or you had an allergic reaction. You don’t say why you took it. If it was for the same symptoms, you need to consult a doctor.

    There’s really no risk in taking them together as long is you aren’t taking aspirin by the handle and even then, that will affect you more by itself than anything else. You’re safe to combine the 2


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