Does CBD Help You Sleep?
As with most information about how CBD may effect the human body studies and trials are still ongoing and not universally conclusive. Quite a bit of research has been done on taking CBD for sleep disorders, however, and the results of CBD’s effects on anxiety and sleep have been very promising.
A 2019 study showed marked improvement in anxiety and sleep complaints in a test grouping of over 70 adult patients (1). In charting both their anxiety levels and overall sleep quality over half of all patients showed a marked – and continual – improvement to their symptoms over placebo.
Though this test is inconclusive on it’s own other, smaller-scale tests have shown similar results. A 2016 study done by the same researcher showed steady and persistent improvements to the anxiety-derived sleep issues of a younger patient (2), and an unrelated 2014 case series of four patients being treated for Parkinson’s disease showed substantial reduction in their associated REM sleep behavior disorders (3).
While clinical trials focusing purely on using CBD oil and other products as sleep aids is still a bit slim, more research has been done on the combination of both CBD and THC to improve sleep quality. In a 2018 paper titled “Effectiveness of Raw, Natural Medical Cannabis Flower for Treating Insomnia under Naturalistic Conditions” (4) a research team from the University of New Mexico used a specially-designed phone app to track the self-perceived ratings of insomnia from a subject group of over 400 individuals. On a 0-10 point scale users displayed an average reduction of sleep-related issues by -4.5 points, meaning if a patient initially rated their insomnia as an 8 out of 10 on the scale, their end rating after medicating with cannabis became a 3.5 instead. A notable, if not entirely scientific, decrease.
Interestingly, CBD’s effectiveness on the symptoms of poor sleep may depend heavily on dose. A 2014 study, done by a team of researchers based out of several universities in Mexico, showed that taking doses of less than 160 mg of CBD at a time can actually promote wakefulness (5). In other case studies CBD was often given at much higher doses, meaning it can potentially helpful in reducing the negative symptoms of sleep disorders in vastly different fashions.
Does CBD Use Have Side Effects?
Side effects for CBD oil and other products are thankfully few and typically not very harmful, though worth it is worth noting that CBD use can interact with medication such as blood thinners and other blood pressure medications. Bear in mind that articles such as ours are not designed to replace medical advice; diagnosis or treatment involving CBD should always be done under the supervision of your healthcare professional.