If you have ever consumed any cannabis product, you probably remember that feeling of being “high” or intoxicated. Most of the time, that high is mistaken for drowsiness, tiredness, or sleepiness.
Does CBD have that kind of effect?
What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a naturally occurring substance found in the cannabis plant. It’s part of the cannabinoids family.
So far, there are over 100 identified cannabinoids, including CBD. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or more popularly known as THC, is another cannabinoid. It has several benefits, and it’s what many people know to produce a certain “high” when taken.
But CBD is different from THC. It is non-psychoactive, so it won’t produce the same effects as THC. It’s legal in 50 states, unlike THC. industrial hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC for it to be legal.
CBD reacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps our bodies maintain stability or homeostasis. Experts are speculating that CBD may bind to receptors within the ECS. The gist is that CBD may have the potential to improve your health and wellness in different ways.
So, Does CBD Make You Tired or Sleepy?
The quick answer is no, CBD doesn’t make you tired or sleepy.
Sleepiness or tiredness is an effect commonly found in other cannabis substances like marijuana, which is rich in THC.
Quite the contrary: CBD instead relaxes our body and calm our minds. It has been described as an “anxiolytic,” which means it reduces stress and anxiety.
Keep in mind that your body may react differently compared to that of another person. The following will dictate that reaction:
- The CBD’s concentration
- Mode of consumption
- Body chemistry
How CBD Affects Your Body
Now, even though CBD does not make you tired or sleepy, it may help you combat sleep disorders. If you suffer from insomnia, for example, CBD can alleviate the symptoms.
It helps you in two ways:
- CBD directly interacts with your brain receptors, which dictate your wake and sleep cycle
- CBD may help ease pain and stress, which are of the worst things that can keep you up at night
CBD and Neurochemicals
CBD attaches itself to receptors and connectors that influence the release of melatonin and serotonin.
Melatonin and serotonin are chemicals that help you maintain a regular sleep cycle.
The condition of your muscles also affects your sleep or how much you feel drowsy or exhausted. Some muscle conditions that may keep you awake at night are:
- Tense muscles
- Hypermotility (abnormal or excessive movement)
CBD helps work your muscle receptors. Then, you’ll feel relaxed, and feeling relaxed leads to better sleep.
Cortisol is a hormone that causes anxiety. And we all know anxiety can interfere with normal sleep cycles.
CBD has properties that regulate cortisol levels. As a result, you will fall asleep faster and your sleep quality will improve. Check out our CBD oil for anxiety that you apply topically to pressure points like your wrist or neck to calm your mind and reduce cortisol levels.
If you suffer from terrible nightmares, CBD may also help you.
A 2014 research study suggests that CBD can improve the symptoms of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep behavior disorder, a condition where a person acts out his or her dreams. This disorder is also associated with poor sleep and nightmares.
Somnolence refers to being drowsy or having a strong desire to sleep during the daytime. And of course, sleeping during the day can interfere with your sleep at night.
If you’re suffering from somnolence, CBD may help your body’s wake-and-sleep cycle.
Any type of pain can deprive you of deep, peaceful sleep. CBD has properties that help solve this issue by connecting to your cannabinoid receptors.
When CBD interacts with your receptors, it hampers pain signals that go to your brain. After the pain eases up, you can fall asleep faster and better.
You can use CBD in different ways, including the following:
You can consume CBD by ingesting or swallowing it. The CBD goes through your digestive system to be metabolized by your liver. The compound then goes to your bloodstream. Our CBD softgels are a great example.
You can consume CBD tinctures by placing a few drops of the compound under your tongue (sublingual) and holding it for several seconds. The active CBD enters your bloodstream directly. Our CBD Focus tincture is a good example of that.
CBD can be inhaled when you add powder or oil in e-cigarettes or via vaporization. Inhaled CBD goes through your system through the lungs, and you can feel the effects faster than when you simply ingest it.