Are you the type of person who takes CBD in the evening to get a full night’s sleep, or do you prefer mixing it with your coffee for a little extra pep in morning?
There’s a lot of information out there claiming that CBD can help promote better sleep and even offer relief from insomnia. On the other hand, there are also multiple studies saying that CBD is an excellent wake-promoting agent and many people use it to boost their energy. So which one is it? Short answer: both. As it turns out, it’s all a matter of choosing the right dose.
CBD for Better Sleep
If you’re planning to use CBD to help you get better sleep, higher doses will be your best bet. A study published in 2013 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology looked at the effect of multiple doses of CBD on the sleep-wake cycles of rats. It was tested against a placebo control group.
Researchers tried doses of 2.5, 10, and 40 milligrams per kilogram. The rats treated with either 10 or 40 milligrams spent more time sleeping than the low dose or placebo group. Also observed, the rodents taking 40 milligrams took longer to reach REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is the dream state that occurs before waking.
Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that high doses of CBD can be helpful for insomniacs. Additional information from our very own Dr. Leah Zachar explains in detail how CBD blocks the TRPV-1 receptors and improves serotonin release which leads to less pain and swelling, reduced anxiety, and increased stage 3 (deep) sleep.
CBD for Increased Alertness
If you’re lacking energy and feeling sluggish, low-dose CBD might be just the thing to perk you up a bit. Research on using CBD as a wake-promoting agent dates back all the way to 1977 with a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Rodents given a 20 milligram dose of CBD were more energized and spent less time in the slow wave sleep cycle. Additional research from 2014 echoes the 1977 results.
Furthermore, a 2004 study suggested that CBD can mitigate the sedative effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is known to induce sleep in many users. This study was actually conducted on humans, so the results are considerably more relatable.
The human subjects were given either 15 milligrams of THC, 5 milligrams of each THC and CBD, a combination of 15 milligrams of THC and CBD, or a placebo. It was determined that with both doses of the combined treatment, THC and CBD together actually promoted alertness as opposed to making the subjects tired.
So there you have it. You can use CBD to stay awake or fall asleep, it just depends on what you need it for and what dose you’re using. Keep in mind that, like with any substance or medication, CBD can have varying effects on different people. Try out different doses and different cannabinoid combinations to see what works best for you.