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CBD Hemp Oil for Sleep (Dosing Information)

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Have trouble falling asleep at night? You’re not alone – between 50 and 70 million US adults suffer from a sleep disorder or have trouble sleeping at night due to chronic pain.

A lack of sleep doesn’t just leave you feeling groggy and grumpy the next day. Studies have shown that poor sleep quality can put you at risk for serious health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

If you’re dealing with a frustrating sleep disorder, CBD oil might be the solution that you’ve been searching for. As a natural plant-based alternative to over-the-counter drugs, which can be dangerous and habit-forming, using CBD for sleep has gained rapid popularity in recent years.

By the time you finish reading this, you’ll know what CBD is, the effects of CBD on the body, how much you should take to help improve your sleep quality, and where you can buy CBD oil.

What Is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a type of cannabinoid, an active compound found in cannabis. But while it’s derived from cannabis, it doesn’t have any of the psychoactive properties of marijuana. The “high” associated with cannabis comes from a different cannabinoid, THC.

CBD has been found to have antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, and calming properties that improve insomnia by reducing symptoms of pain and anxiety that make it difficult to sleep at night.

Because it’s not psychoactive, you can legally buy CBD oil derived from hemp in all 50 states. However, if you buy CBD oil derived from marijuana, the higher THC content might make it illegal where you live. That’s why it’s always a good idea to do your research and check your state’s laws beforehand.

In addition to treating sleep disorders, studies have shown that CBD effects may also include the potential to treat symptoms associated with a wide range of other medical conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease.

 

Using CBD for Sleep Disorders

One of the most well-known CBD effects is its ability to treat sleep disorders. If you have trouble falling asleep or frequently wake up in the middle of the night and find that you can’t get back to sleep, the relaxing properties of CBD oil may help you get the good night’s rest you’ve been missing out on.

CBD oil may be an effective treatment for lack of sleep caused by any of the following conditions:

  • Insomnia
  • Daytime sleepiness/fatigue
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain (caused migraines, arthritis, back pain, etc.)

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How does it work?

The theory of CBD’s action involves our own Endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors in the human body which has been part of our lives for thousands of years. The receptors which are part of the endocannabinoid system are activated by the natural cannabinoids found in cannabis plants like hemp.

CBD is thought to relax the body and mind by helping to regulate the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for helping the body maintain homeostasis (the natural balance of bodily functions) and improving your overall stability.

CBD Effects on Chronic Pain

If chronic pain is preventing you from falling asleep at night, CBD oil might be able to help. The cannabinoid has been shown to reduce inflammation in the brain and nervous system, effectively reducing pain and making it easier to sleep.

While research into CBD effects is still relatively new, studies have found that cannabidiol may reduce pain by influencing compounds in the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). More specifically, CBD prevents the body from breaking down the compound anandamide, which is associated with pain regulation. A higher concentration of anandamide in the bloodstream has been linked to significant pain reduction.

Benefits of Using CBD over Sleeping Pills

If you walk into any drug store, you’ll find dozens of different products claiming to treat sleep disorders and chronic pain. Why should you pass those up and buy CBD for sleep instead?

Many of the pharmaceuticals prescribed to treat sleep problems come with a long list of harsh possible side effects, such as anxiety, depression, impaired driving, and symptoms of withdrawal – long-term insomnia sufferers often have a hard time quitting them.

Using CBD for sleep, on the other hand, is non-habit forming and has relatively few minor side effects. Nausea and irritability are possible, but these are uncommon CBD effects.

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CBD Dosing Information

How much CBD oil should you take to treat a sleep disorder?

It’s always best to talk with your doctor before starting any treatment, especially if you’re taking other prescription medications at the same time.

That being said, dosage amounts vary on an individual basis depending on your weight, body chemistry, diet, and the type of condition you’re trying to treat.

Some of the research on CBD for sleep has recommended a dose of up to 160 mg CBD by mouth before going to bed. CBD is often referenced as being more alerting in small doses and more sedating in higher doses.

It’s always best to start with the lowest effective dose and only add more as needed.

A typical serving size of a CBD hemp extract will contain 10 to 20 mg CBD. If you are using CBD for sleep you can start with one serving size and see if that is enough for you. You can then gradually add more if needed.

While CBD is safe to consume, starting at a low dosage allows you to slowly adjust until you feel that your sleep quality has improved.

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Things to Consider Before Using CBD Oil

Humans have been using cannabis-based medicines for thousands of years, but we’ve only recently begun to research them. Our understanding of CBD effects is growing rapidly, and the future of natural cannabinoid treatments is exciting.

But while CBD oil has shown great potential as a safe, non-habit forming sleep aid and pain reliever, more research is needed to fully understand its long-term effects. As always, we recommend talking with your doctor before starting any new supplement to treat sleep disorders or chronic pain.  

Also, keep in mind that most studies involving CBD for sleep focus on adult use. The way CBD affects children is still largely unknown, which is why we only recommend it for adults. If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking any other sedative medication, consult with your doctor before you begin using CBD for sleep.

Where to Buy CBD for Sleep

Not all CBD products are made the same, so you shouldn’t buy CBD oil without doing your research first. You may also need to experiment with different products to find the most effective concentration of CBD for you.  

To help you get started, we’ve secured a 15% discount just for CBD School readers from NutraCanna. You can try out NutraCanna’s specially formulated CBD + Melatonin Dissolvable Tablets

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Want to know even more? Tune in to our podcast with the founder of the company: Tony Pellegrino.

Don’t let sleep disorders and chronic pain prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep any longer – give natural cannabidiol a try. 

Sweet dreams!

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References

Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature

Leinow, Leonard, and Juliana Birnbaum. CBD: a Patient’s Guide to Health with Medicinal Cannabis. North Atlantic Books, 2017.

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    • Hey Dave. I just noticed that as well. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Most of the information I’ve read on using CBD for sleep generally says that “higher” doses work best for sleep and insomnia. The Mayo Clinic’s site use to say to try a dose from 40 – 160 mg of CBD. This range is indeed higher than a typical serving size of CBD, which is more in the range of 10 – 20 mg. Let me know if you have any questions please.

      • Has anyone done the math? How much could 40mg of CBD cost/night? How much would 160mg cost? The problem is the recommended dose and doses available on the market do not jive. Why the discrepancy between dose recommended by researchers and dose available in the products? Will higher CBD oils be available in the future? For me, right now it would cost $90 to get to sleep on CBD. Totally unrealistic.

        • Hey thanks for your feedback. I definitely see your point — it could get pretty expensive. Luckily there are some great financial assistance programs offered by reputable CBD brands like Bluebird Botanicals. Also keep in mind that many people have had success using CBD at much lower doses that that, that was just given as an example from that particular study. Let me know if you have any other questions about CBD and I’ll be glad to help 🙂

        • Hey Michelle. Thanks for your question. The mg of CBD per drop is entirely dependent on the brand and formulation that you have. If you let me know what product you have, I will be able to answer that for you. Alternatively you should be able to see this information on the label of the product. Let me know if you need help 🙂

  • I have been on prescription medication for insomnia. It is called Lunesta. I would like some advise on how to get off this medication by using CBD oil. I am cutting the medication is half each night and using CBD gummies with it. I am not getting very good results.Any advice on this would be appreciated. I tried 40 milligrams of the CBD gummies and half of a 3 milligram Lunesta..I couldnt get to sleep until about 3 in the morning. Help please

    • Hey Linda. Sorry to hear you are struggling with sleep. I know how frustrating this can be. As I’m not a medical professional, I cannot give you advice on dosage for CBD. The Mayo Clinic used to have a dosage guidelines page but they have since taken it down. The dosage they had listed which could potentially help with sleep was 40 mg to 160 mg of CBD. I recommend you let your prescribing physician know you are using CBD alongside the Lunesta.

      • Hello,
        I also take Lunesta and would like to discontinue. I just purchased a bottle of CBD oil but it says 350mg. I am very new to this so is that just the quantity?

        • Hey Bobbie. Thanks for your question. Yes, 350 mg is total quantity of CBD in the entire bottle. So a single dose or serving size will be a portion of that 350 mg, likely 10 to 20 mg. Please let me know any questions you may have and I will do my best to help you out 🙂

        • that is the dose contained in the entire bottle. labeling of how much CBD is in one dose is rarely available if ever. I think manufacturers should do a much better job and put the amount of CBD per dose on the bottle, rather than just telling you how much is in the entire bottle. Personally, I’m tired of having to do the math all the time.

    • Hi I’m on seroquel &very nervous about starting the oil my daughter told me to order the225 dosage !So hard with no Doctor to help I don’t understand why more Doctors aren’t using this product instead of pushing terrible meds on you!

      • Hey Linda. Thanks for your comment. I understand your frustration. Since you say you are taking Seroquel, I recommend checking with a doctor if you are mixing CBD with this and other medications. As far as dosage goes, always best to start low (0.5 mg to 20 mg of CBD) and then only add more if you need it and slowly increase your dose. A good guidebook I have been recommending lately which provides helpful information is called CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis–Healing without the High Check it out and let me know what you think and if you have more questions 🙂

  • Just start low. 2 tiny drops (not droppers) for 4 days. If no results, take 4 tiny drops for 4 days. If no results, take 6 tiny drops for 4 days. Keep upping the dose by 2 drops until you find what works for you. I hate that they say “mg” instead of just measuring by drops! So confusing. I take 6 drops for sleep and it works well. Have been on this dose for about 6 months. I also give 6 drops to my client for vascular dementia and it works wonders! No more sundowners, less confusion, and wonderful SLEEP! So yeah, ignore the bottle directions… just take tiny drops under the tongue and let it sit for 30 seconds then swallow. You CAN’T overdose on it. It just won’t work if you take too much, so you’ll be wasting money and giving CBD a bad rap if it doesn’t work because you took too much.

    • Hey Diana. Thanks for your comment and for sharing your experience with CBD. You make some solid points and I agree with you that simpler is better. Start low and take it slow and only add more little by little (titrate) if you need it.

    • Diana,
      Thank you! We have been struggling with where to start for so long. Some say a much higher dose, which is unrealistic cost wise and some say start small. Too much info out there. Can you please tell me the bottle mg. you were using for your drops? I think it makes a difference on how much is being delivered.
      Thank you!!

  • I must starting with Cbd oil225 mg how much do I take for insomnia they say to start low how long does it take to work should I stop ambien only ha ve taken it a week

    • You might want to start with between 1 and 20 mg of CBD. That’s on the lower side. I have no way to tell you how long it will take to work. I recommend you speak with a doctor before using CBD. I cannot provide any medical advice.

  • Hello, I am just starting to use the CBD in a chocolate bar for insomnia. It seems like the oil is a more efficient delivery system. What are the cost benefits of oil vs chocolate bar? Thanks

    • Hey Kay thanks for your question. Yes, it’s true that oil can be a more efficient delivery method but I find it’s best for use the products that work best for your own situation. You may find it helps to try a little bit of each delivery method to find the one that works best for you. Have you tried both chocolate and oil?

      • No. I am waiting for my first delivery of the chocolate. I didn’t know that oil was an option until after I had already ordered the chocolate. So, I’ll try that first. The oil sounds like a good option thought, as it comes in different strengths. Thanks for the advice.

  • My CBD oil is 16 mg. per dropper, 500 mg bottle, each dropperfull holds 1 ml.

    How much before bed for insomnia?

    During day I have had some depression and occasional anxiety. How much should I take during the day?

    I have been doing 3 dropperfuls, but don’t do the last one at bedtime. I haven’t gotten relief from it to sleep like this, not sure how to adjust.

    • Hi Celeste. Thanks for your question. I would say as long as you feel comfortable with it, you can increase the dose for sleep to see if it has a stronger effect on your insomnia. You can carefully increase the dosage by another half or full dropper-full and see if that helps. In regard to how much to take during the day, how much are you currently using during the day?

  • Are you “posers”.? Using the Mayo Clinic’s name to give your videos and website status when in fact there is no such dosage recommendation on the link you give. Before I go forward please remove the Mayo Clinic link or fix it so the information you attribute to them can be confirmed. I could have missed it and if so I apologize. If not get ready.

    • Hey thanks so much for pointing that out! I am not sure why the Mayo Clinic decided to take it down but in the past (at the time of writing the article) they had dosage suggestions for different uses of CBD and THC cannabis products. Appreciate your attention and feedback 🙂

  • I’m wondering how much I need to sleep at night. I’m a first time user, expecting my oil today, but I always require higher doses of any medications I have taken in the past. Does this hold true for Cbd oil as well?

    • Hey Cynthia. Thanks for your inquiry. No, this doesn’t hold true for CBD. The best thing to do is to start low and slowly increase the dose gradually, only if needed. You want to find your personal sweet spot dose with CBD. One easy way to do that is to start out with the serving size listed on the bottle and go from there. Let me know if you have more questions and I will do my best to help 🙂

  • I’ve been struggling with sleep for almost a decade. I started with over-the-counter pills for sleep, then moved to Xanax for sleep. The Xanax works like magic to help me sleep. I’d take three 0.5mg and in 30 mins I’d be in a deeep sleep. However, I would like to wing off pills to sleep for my poor liver and just within the last 2 days have came across this CBD alternative. Given how long I’ve been using a sleep aid and amount I take to sleep, what mg would you recommend taking to sleep? I wanna buy the pen. Also, is there different brands, or strains or whatever like there is with THC “regular weed” or is it all pretty much the same and only separated by MG amount? If there is a different strain of these oils which one is best for pain and for insomnia?

    Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to read and answer this. Appreciate it!

    • Hey Chris. Thanks for your inquiry. I completely understand why you would like to get off what you’re taking. I’d say a good place to start is with the serving size of the product you buy. A typical range for CBD is 10 – 20 mg of oral doses. CBD products are not very strain focused, so people typically just look at the mg of CBD when making a decision. Any other question, please free to ask away. Here to help 🙂

  • hi i have started using the cbd oil for sleep but not sure how many drops im allowed to take i started taking 5 drops but wake after 3 to 4 hrs

    • Hey Tara. Thanks for your question. Most people usually start with the serving size on the label of the CBD product they have. Some people will increase the dose gradually until they get the desired result. Let me know if you have other questions and I will do my best to answer them 🙂

  • I have started taking CBD oil for insomnia and have not seen any difference. I desperately need sleep. when is the best time to take CBD oil and what is the right dosage? Please help

    • Hello and thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear you haven’t had any success with the CBD for helping you sleep. Most people find that CBD helps them get to sleep better if taken within 1 hour of going to bed. How much have you been taking? As long as you are comfortable with it, you may want to increase the dose a little bit to see if that has a better effect for sleep.

    • Hey Michael. Thanks for your question. The mg per drop of CBD oil will vary depending on the brand and concentration. Usually it will tell you on the label how many mgs of CBD per drop. Regarding how much you should take for sleep – this is usually going to vary for each person but a good place to start is with the serving size on the label of the CBD product you are using. Please let me know how else I can help and I’ll do my best 🙂

    • Hey Michael. Thanks for your question. The mg per drop of CBD oil will vary depending on the brand and concentration. Usually it will tell you on the label how many mgs of CBD per drop.

    • Hey Frank. Thanks for your great question. The short answer is yes, CBD oil from hemp can be just as effective as CBD oil from marijuana. I also wrote a long answer for you below 🙂

      The compound CBD is the same whether it is extracted from a hemp plant or a marijuana plant. The easiest way to put this is CBD is CBD, not matter where it comes from.

      Some people argue that the additional compounds found in marijuana plants (secondary cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) produce a more effective CBD oil. This has yet to be proven. There are now high quality CBD oils being made from hemp plants which also include a full spectrum of additional cannabinoids and terpenes.

      The one major difference between CBD oil made from hemp and CBD oil made from marijuana is that CBD oil made from marijuana tends to have higher levels of THC. For some, the THC is necessary to have an effective cannabis oil.

      As you can likely tell by now, it’s mostly a matter of personal preference. Some people really prefer to get their CBD oil from marijuana plants and have that higher level of THC. Other people, often due to legal restrictions or the need to avoid THC, prefer to use CBD oil made from hemp.

      I hope I answered your question. Please let me know if there’s anything that’s not clear and I will do my best to help! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your response. I have one last question im hoping you could answer. I’ve read that CBD has a positive effect on the 5-HT1A receptors, which in turn increases and enhances serotonin production. how many mg’s of CBD would be needed daily to such initiate such this effect?
      Once again thank you for your quick reply and your amazing work!

      • Hey Frank. Indeed there is some exciting research on the effect of CBD on serotonin related receptors. I completely understand why you want to know the ideal dose to take for this purpose. However, it’s not possible for me to provide dosing recommendations. Most people start off by taking the serving size listed on the CBD product they are using. From there, they either decrease or gradually increase the dose as needed. I know that’s not a specific answer but I hope it helps a little. Let me know how I can be of more help and I will do my best 🙂

  • I started taking 100 mg cbd a month ago (2-3 drops at night every other day) I had a eye twitch and stayed up late doing homework and on my phone but was able to sleep fine. A few weeks ago I started increasing my dosage. 4-5 drop before bedtime every night (though my eye twitching is gone) the past two weeks I have been suffering from horrible insomnia/anxiety/depression/loss of appetite. Could CBD not be for me? Am I not taking enough? Can the low dosage I am taking be stimulating my nervous system keeping me up at night? help.

    • Hey Maddy. Thanks for your inquiry. Sorry to hear you are having an unpleasant experience. It’s impossible for me to know if these effects are from the CBD or from something else. However I always remind everyone to speak with a doctor and stop using CBD if you experience any negative side effects. As you said, CBD may not be the right supplement for you. I recommend you speak to a doctor to make sure everything is okay with you. While this isn’t medical advice, if you stop using CBD and you notice the negative effects go away, then I would stay away from using CBD. Let me know please if you have other questions and I will do my best to help.

  • This “School” looks to me like part of the marketing department for Bluebird and Nuleaf. I buy quality CBD oil from Lazarus Naturals for less than half the price. With a 40% military discount I get 60 ml of 3000 mg full spectrum CBD oil for $66 with free shipping. Do the math and save money.

    • Hey Robert. Thanks for sharing your feedback. CBD School is an independent company. We recommend companies based on many factors. We like Lazarus Naturals and have recommended their products to our site users.

    • Hey Jami. Thanks for your great question. This will vary depending on the brand and size of the product you are using. If you tell me which product you’re using, I’ll do my best to get that information for you 🙂

  • Is it possible that some types or “strains” of hemp extracts used for CBD tinctures/capsules could actually increase a persons anxiety and insomnia? I’m a chiropractor and I personally use and sell CBD products in my office. I sell a few different brands. I have had several patients complain about a new higher dosage (50mg per serving) brand saying it actually increased their anxiety, increased their heart rate and prevented them from sleeping well. I have a few other patients that say that this same brand has been very useful in pain relief. Does this have more to do with the terpene profile that the amount of CBD?
    Thanks

    • Hi Dr. Kevin. Thanks for your question. I have seen people react differently to CBD. For some, yes it can help them relax and sleep. For others, it can make them feel more energetic. And yes, unfortunately for some it may increase their anxiety. For those people, CBD would not be a good fit. You made a good observation about the possibility this has to do with the terpenes involved. There are some theories about that but I have no definitive knowledge on that being the cause.

    • Hey BJ. Thanks for your question. The mg per drop will vary depending on the formulation. The best way to determine the exact dosage of the product you have is to examine what it says on the label. If you have any other questions, please let me know 🙂

    • Hi Lynn. Thanks for your question. Many people start out with the serving size listed on the product they are using and then gradually make adjustments either in increasing/decreasing the dosage from there. Every individual’s results will vary. Let me know if you have other questions we can help with 🙂

  • When is the best time to take the CBD for sleep problems? The local “authority” maintains that it must be taken in 3 doses throughout the day or will have no effect whatsoever, but I find nothing online to substantiate this claim. Can it be taken as a supplement to prescription medications for sleep disorders? All sites say to consult your physician but physicians (and pharmacists) claim to know nothing about CBD.

  • I just started taking hemp oil 500 mg for sleep. Has not helped me to go to sleep. I took 2/3 of an eyedropper 2x a day. Does anybody else have the same problem

    • Hey Carol. Thanks for your feedback. While CBD does help some people improve their sleep, it will not be a solution for everyone. Sorry to hear that you have not had a good result. Have you tried other solutions or considered some different options to improve your sleep?

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