Does CBD Make You Sleepy? Important Things To Know

A good night’s sleep has indisputable benefits for overall health and wellbeing. For 30-35 percent of the general population, however, hopping into bed to be greeted by the Sandman for a restful snooze doesn’t come easily. 

To make matters worse, sleeping pills commonly used to induce sleep are often accompanied by unwanted side effects, such as morning grogginess, brain fog, stomach woes, and more.

Thankfully, there’s a natural remedy that just might be able to help: CBD. 

Over the years, CBD products have sky-rocketed into popularity, resulting in many people adding it to their daily routines— and it’s easy to see why. 

The naturally occurring compound has emerged as a holistic approach to wellness with purported benefits ranging from easing feelings of stress and tension to supporting a happy mood and sustainable energy. What’s more, CBD may support good sleep by soothing discomfort and relaxing the mind as well as the body — hence why it’s often used as a natural sleep remedy. 

That being said, if you’re thinking about adding CBD to your morning routine, you might be wondering if the versatile compound will make you sleepy. We don’t blame you — no one wants to feel like it’s time for a nap right after waking up from their slumber, but the truth is that there is no need to worry because CBD won’t put you to sleep.

Here’s what we mean. 

First Things First. What Exactly Is CBD? 

Cannabidiol (or CBD for short) belongs to a class of plant compounds called cannabinoids that are produced in both hemp and marijuana plants. Unlike its infamous cousin THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-intoxicating and won’t get you high. 

Although CBD is found in both plants, it’s often cultivated from the hemp plant rather than the marijuana plant because hemp contains more CBD and less THC, while marijuana contains more THC and less CBD. In fact, hemp can’t contain more than 0.3 percent THC, which is why CBD cultivation from industrial hemp was legalized in the U.S., thanks to the amendments made in the 2018 Farm Bill

When you take CBD, it works directly with the receptors in your body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). 

Hold Up — Endocanna-what?

The Endocannabinoid System is your built-in regulatory system that helps maintain equilibrium in your mind and body, even when external factors and certain lifestyle choices try to throw it off balance. 

You see, this incredible system is designed to work with cannabinoids that your body produces to maintain homeostasis. The cannabinoids that are internally generated by your body are called endocannabinoids, “endo” meaning inside of your body (hence endo-cannabinoid system). Your ECS can also synthesize plant-based cannabinoids — like CBD (which are sometimes referred to as phytocannabinoids, “phyto” meaning plant). 

You’ll find endocannabinoids everywhere, from the immune system, brain, and central nervous system to major organs, glands, and connective tissues. So, when CBD is introduced to the body, it connects with these powerful cannabinoid receptors, where it can help support  processes such as sleep, appetite, metabolism, digestion, memory, mood, hormones, aging, and more. 

Does CBD Affect Sleep? 

Are you worried that using CBD oil might make you sleepy during the day? Or, are you worried that it could keep you up at night? Well, you don’t need to be worried either way! While many people are under the impression that CBD may cause the same sedating or energizing effects associated with THC, the truth is that the therapeutic compound works very differently than its intoxicating cousin. 

Sleepiness or a sense of euphoria is a common side effect of cannabis substances like marijuana which are rich in THC. This is the psychoactive ingredient that induces the “stoner effect.” The way your body responds to CBD is entirely different. You see, rather than making you feel drowsy, this non-psychoactive compound relaxes your body and mind to bring you a state of calmness, without the high. 

So, with that being said, if racing thoughts, stress, or tension are keeping you up at night, CBD may help you by tackling these barriers to sleep. The powerful compound won’t put you to sleep, but it is known to support sleep by soothing discomfort and relaxing your mind and body. And when you find calm, it’s often much easier to find sleep. 

Here at Healist, our Sleep Drops are made of a fast-acting, sleep-inducing blend of the highest quality organically farmed CBD with active levels of essential botanical oils and a powerful custom sleep terpene blend to support your body in promoting a healthy sleep cycle without any next-day grogginess.*

All you have to do is start with a mild or medium dose of CBD placed directly under your tongue roughly 20 minutes before bedtime and see how you feel before taking more. 

So, Will CBD Make Me Sleepy During the Day? 

Simply put, no. As we mentioned, CBD works by calming the body and mind, not by inducing a sleepy state or creating the intoxicating effects found with THC. 

Of course, everyone’s body is unique and may respond to CBD differently, so it’s important to start slow. What’s more, the type of CBD oil you’re using could also influence how the powerful compound makes you feel. 

What Are The Different Types of CBD Oil? 

Many people tend to use the term “CBD oil” interchangeably for multiple products. “CBD oil,” however, isn’t necessarily accurate because many CBD oil products contain several cannabinoids and may be blended with other powerful ingredients to help support whatever goal that blend is trying to achieve in particular, such as sleep or focus. 

That being said, if you’re new to this holistic approach to healing, there are three types of CBD oil that you should familiarize yourself with: isolate, full-spectrum, and broad-spectrum. 

  • CBD Isolate is your “pure” CBD product, containing no other compounds except for the CBD itself. 
  • Full-Spectrum CBD contains CBD and all the other cannabinoids, including THC, as well as terpenes and fatty acids that also naturally occur in the cannabis plant. 
  • Broad-Spectrum CBD has all of the original plant’s wonderful cannabinoids and other naturally occurring compounds — except for THC. 

Across each Healist product, we’ve chosen to use the highest quality, organic broad-spectrum hemp extract. Not only does it contain high levels of CBD in addition to other therapeutic cannabinoids and compounds that work together in synergy to power your body as nature intended, but unlike full-spectrum hemp extract, our broad-spectrum extracts are non-psychoactive with undetectable levels of THC. 

This means that you can use our CBD products  without any worry of consuming THC. 

In Conclusion 

So, does CBD make you sleepy?

Simply put, no.

While many folks are under the impression that the versatile compound will cause them to be drowsy like its infamous cousin THC, the truth is that CBD itself doesn’t have a direct sedative effect. This might come as a surprise, seeing as so many people praise CBD as an incredible sleep aid, but despite what you may think, it doesn’t induce sleep — it supports sleep.

You see, when you use CBD, it interacts with your endocannabinoid system, helping it balance your body, which helps your mind and body achieve a state of equilibrium, which may help you feel more calm and relaxed. 

When you’re relaxed and not battling stress or tension, you’ll find it’s much easier to drift off to dreamland to get a good night’s rest. 

And the best part? Unlike most over-the-counter sleeping aids, CBD oil blends like our Sleep Drops won’t leave you feeling groggy the next day. A fast-acting, sleep-inducing blend of organically farmed CBD with essential botanical oils like chamomile and lavender, as well as a custom sleep terpene blend, Healist Sleep Drops can help you to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed.*

Here at Healist, we believe that the right dose isn’t prescription — it’s personal. Getting to know what feels right is very different for everyone, but you know your body best! We want to give you crystal-clear, honest, useful information to help empower your decisions. That’s why on each Healist product, you’ll find a QR code as well as a batch code that allows you to inspect all lab reports so you can see exactly what goes into each and every product. 

Transparency you can trust across every ingredient, every claim, and every action — only at Healist.

 

Sources:  

Insomnia Awareness Day facts and stats | Sleep Education

Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System | Norml

CBD for Sleep & Insomnia Symptoms | Sleep Association

under the 2018 Farm Bill | USDA