Did you know that more than 1 in 7 Americans have tried CBD? These statistics alone make CBD one of the most popular supplements on the market today is CBD. What is even more remarkable about CBD’s popularity is that the product is so new, having only been legalized in late 2018. Despite its relative newness to the commercial market, the CBD industry is absolutely exploding and expected to more than double in size every year for the next three years.
However, largely as a result of its newness to the market, there is quite a bit that people don’t know about CBD, such as how it works, what exactly is in it, and what are the best CBD products. Confusion abounds about what CBD can be used for and what it has scientifically been proven to be able to do.
One such question is how CBD makes you feel, and specifically whether or not CBD can make you sleepy or tired. The answer depends on your body, but the answer may be yes.
How CBD Works
CBD works by impacting the function of your Endocannabinoid System. Everyone has an Endocannabinoid System. Your Endocannabinoid System consists of cannabinoid receptors that are found throughout your body, internally produced cannabinoids and enzymes that break down the cannabinoids.
Your body will produce cannabinoids that then bind with cannabinoid receptors, causing a reaction that may impact a variety of your internal sensations. When that reaction is completed, enzymes will break down the cannabinoids, thus ending the reaction.
CBD is not a drug in the same sense as marijuana. While it does come from the cannabis plant, legally produced CBD will have no more than .03% tetrahydrocannabinol (better known as THC), which is the specific cannabinoid in marijuana associated with intoxication. This level is far too low to result in any sort of “high.”
There is evidence to suggest that, by impacting your Endocannabinoid System, CBD can have a variety of positive impacts on your body. Some of those impacts may make you sleep better. CBD is also known to produce some mild to moderate side effects, and one of those side effects may be increased fatigue or sleepiness.
CBD and Sleep
One of the things that CBD has been touted on as for use at help at helping people sleep. To be clear, CBD is not available in prescription form for assistance at sleep, and no CBD-based drugs have been approved by the United States’ Food & Drug Administration. However, there is some evidence to suggest that CBD has positive effects on sleep.
For example, a 2017 review found that CBD may have a “therapeutic potential” when it comes to helping people sleep. It noted that THC may help people fall asleep, but may also harm sleep if used long term. The review also found that CBD may help to address numerous sleep disorders, like sleep apnea. Overall, the review noted that more study is needed, but found that CBD has many positive potential benefits when it comes to sleep.
Another reason that CBD has been found to potentially help with sleep is because of its alleged ability to help improve anxiety and reduce stress. One small case study of 72 adults found that many were able to reduce their anxiety and improve their sleep via consistent CBD use. There is no question that there is a connection between anxiety, stress, and sleep, so it stands to reason that reducing anxiety and stress will improve sleep.
CBD has also been found by at least one study to help with more serious sleep problems, like REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD). RBD is a behavior often found in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. People who suffer from this disorder fail to “lock-in” properly in their sleep, thus causing them to thrash around violently in their sleep. One small study found that individuals who were given CBD slept better and showed a reduction in RBD symptoms.
CBD Side Effects
According to numerous reports, CBD has a number of side effects. The World Health Organization has done a report that states that these side effects are manageable and tolerable. One of these side effects seems to be tiredness.
However, according to these studies, as well as anecdotal stories about CBD use, the side effect of feeling tired seems to only last while CBD is in the body. This varies based on individual use, but generally speaking, it appears that CBD’s side effects are short term, and there is no evidence as of yet that it can damage your fatigue or levels of energy in the long run.
This doesn’t mean that this side effect should not be taken seriously. You should always make sure that you are in a position to manage any side effects that you take. This means you shouldn’t be operating any heavy machinery, driving a car, and should be in a position where you can lie down or use the bathroom in the event that you experience any of CBD’s other more common side effects.
Everyone’s experience with CBD is individualized and based on a variety of factors. One of the primary determents of your CBD experience includes the quality of the CBD, and this is exactly why you should only use the best CBD products. Other factors include your body’s metabolism, your past experience with cannabis products, your height and weight, and more. Just make sure you use CBD with caution and consult a doctor before trying the product, just like you would with any other supplement.