When To Take CBD Oil for Sleep

Sleep is one of the ironies of living in the modern world. We’re told the harder you work, the more successful you’ll be. The irony, of course, is the better we rest and sleep, the more our brains and bodies adapt to the demands of modern life.  According to the CDC, one out of three adults in the U.S. doesn’t get the required amount of sleep – 7 to 9 hours a night. Not only does your brain need sleep to function properly, but your body also needs it. Sleep helps regulate your immune system, metabolism, and nervous system and stabilizes your mood.  For those of you laying in bed, thinking, “great, I need sleep, but now what?” this article’s for you. CBD may be the best thing to hit the market for people living with insomnia. Keep reading to learn more about CBD sleep tinctures. Here are a few key things to remember about CBD;  
  • It’s all-natural
  • It’s legal 
  • It works with your body
  • It’s non-addictive

When Should I Take CBD for Optimal Sleep?

For optimal sleep, take CBD 30 to 45 minutes before going to bed. For best results, place CBD under your tongue and hold it there for 30 seconds. You should start to feel the effects hitting your system in about 15 minutes. Additionally, you may consider a full-spectrum CBD before hitting the sheets. Full-spectrum contains CBD and THC, both suitable for sleep, and minor cannabinoids, such as CBG and CBN – both also known to decrease stress and aid sleep. 

How Does CBD Oil Help Improve Sleep?

CBD is still in its infancy, medically and pharmacologically speaking, but scientists and researchers are abuzz with its potential. People suffering from sleep deprivation and insomnia may be in one of the best positions to benefit from CBD oil’s ability to help you not only fall asleep but stay asleep longer.

CBD Oil May Be Superior to Synthetic Cannabinoids

In a 2014 study published on PubMed, preliminary research demonstrated that CBD might have “therapeutic potential” in treating insomnia, especially over synthetic cannabinoids, such as nabilone and dronabinol. Scientists suggested that synthetic CBD derivatives offered only short-term sleep benefits, while CBD may hold promise for the following sleep conditions:
  • REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
Results were mixed, as nabilone PTSD patients showed decreased nightmares, but the findings showed that CBD oil holds promise for those seeking relief from insomnia and don’t want to hassle with a prescription.

Reduces Anxiety

To get a good night’s sleep, we must first wind down. Some of us can’t seem to turn our minds off at night, even when we put down our iPhones. Studies show that CBD, conclusively, helps relieve many symptoms associated with anxiety, including:
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Panic Disorder
  • OCD

Lowers Cortisol

Elevated cortisol, the “fight or flight” chemical, can often lead to high stress, affecting your sleep patterns. Although helpful in emergency situations, cortisol levels are often too high in the modern population. Stress might be the culprit if you’re finding it difficult to fall asleep. CBD may help reduce stress because of its potential to lower cortisol levels. A 1993 study found that CBD decreased cortisol levels and further showed to have a sedative effect on test subjects. 

Relieves Depression

One factor for poor sleep may be a depressed or overactive mindset. By “turning off your mind,” you can temporarily cease worrying about past and future events. When not thinking, your mind can start to wind down and can better go into REM mode. A 2019 study published by the Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy showed that CBD sustained antidepressant effects on animal models. Because of CBD’s ability to interact with neurotransmitters in the brain, scientists believe that serotonin levels mar rise with the application of CBD, especially at bedtime.

Helps Control Pain

Sometimes, pain may play a role in lack of sleep, especially as we age. Even though some of you might be emotionally fine, laying in bed can be painful, especially if we sleep on our sides. While adjusting our sleep positions might help, adding CBD might actually kill some of that nagging pain. One of the most common forms of pain comes from arthritis. A 2016 study conducted on arthritic rat models showed that topical CBD application reduced inflammation and pain-related behaviors. 

How Much CBD Oil Should I Take at Night?

As always, talk to your doctor or herbalist before starting a CBD regimen. They may know your condition better and can suggest what the optimal CBD dose would be. If you’ve never tried CBD oil, start with a few drops under your tongue before bed and see how your body adjusts. After you’re comfortable, you can move up to the suggested serving on the CBD oil label. Doses as low as 25mg can be beneficial for sleep, but some studies suggest doses as high as 600mg may be more effective for sleep and sedation.

CBD Oil Side Effects

CBD oil is generally considered safe. The World Health Organization (WHO), the leading international health body, states that CBD is safe and well-tolerated in adults. In addition, a CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, was recently approved to treat a rare form of adolescent epilepsy.  Some side effects, however, have been reported, including diarrhea, fatigue, and changes in appetite. A 2011 study, published in the Pubmed archives, emphasized the need for further studies but that CBD had a better side effect profile than other drugs.


For some, you might find it more beneficial to break up your CBD doses throughout the day. In addition to your nighttime CBD ritual, incorporate CBD with your breakfast and lunch. You might feel more relaxed throughout the day, and then you can take your most significant dose at night.  To avoid any unwanted side effects, look for the following when shopping for CBD oil:
  • Look for organically-sourced hemp (free of pesticides).
  • Includes a certificate of analysis demonstrating purity and THC content.
  • Clear labeling, showing CBD and THC percentages.
  • Use the CO2 Extraction method (free of harmful solvents).
  • Vegan and non-GMO byproducts, such as coconut carrier oil.
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