Sleep is one of the most common reasons to use CBD. But, will it make you tired or groggy when you wake up? I set out on a mission to uncover the answer:
CBD will not make you feel tired or groggy in the morning. Unlike solutions like Melatonin or Sleep Aids, CBD works with your body to restore your circadian rhythm. Instead of trying to artificially induce tiredness when you actually aren’t. CBD also only actively affects you for a maximum of 7-8 hours. So, by the time you wake up, it should be out of your system!
How CBD Works
CBD is received by Endocannabinoid receptors throughout your body. These receptors are part of a larger system within your body called the Endocannabinoid System or ECS, for short. This system is responsible for many bodily functions including pain response, sleep, & homeostasis.
CBD & your ECS modulate your body’s natural chemistry to increase the amount of Anandamide & 2AG in your system. These compounds are directly associated with relaxation & your natural sleep pattern AKA circadian rhythm.
So, CBD works with your body to naturally restore a rhythm of tiredness & wakefulness. Giving your body a chance to properly achieve restful sleep, without introducing artificial, sedating chemicals.
CBD & Sleep
Studies like this 2019 CBD Survey by Project CBD reveal just how sleep is affected by it! Out of about 3000 respondents, just about half listed ‘sleep’ as a reason for taking CBD. Then they were asked about their results.
Initially, respondents reported being in bed for 62 minutes before falling asleep. After CBD, this dropped down to just 20 minutes. Also, participants reported waking up an average of 4.3 times per night. CBD helped reduce this figure to just 1.4 times per night!
As we see, CBD has a dramatically positive effect on sleep patterns & the quality of rest you achieve. It has also been shown to help deepen REM cycles. This is the most restful, restorative part of your sleep pattern! It’s also the reason you should feel incredible the morning after CBD.
Comparing CBD to Melatonin/Sleep Aids
When comparing CBD to things like Melatonin, or even Sleep Aids like Ambien, the choice is clear. While Sleep Aids work by ‘forcing’ your body to be tired, CBD doesn’t.
Melatonin is naturally produced by your body. So, when you take it you are essentially trying to alter the natural chemistry & release of Melatonin within your body. This can have negative effects on your sleep pattern, as your body is no longer in control of its own sleep cycle. But, rather is altered by this chemical.
Sleep Aids are even harsher. Not only do they artificially ‘force’ your body & mind to be tired, but they are also associated with many negative side effects. Including the increased risk of death & at-fault vehicle accidents.
How Long Is CBD in Your System?
Depending on how you choose to take CBD, it only lasts in your system actively for a certain period of time. For example, CBD Oil has a duration of around 5 hours. While Capsules or Gummies are in your system for about 7 hours. Vaping or Flower only lasts for 1 – 2 hours!
So, this means that by the time you wake up in the morning it will be out of your system. Effects will have worn off by then & you shouldn’t feel anything but refreshed & rested in the morning. Unlike with other sleep aids.
The After Effects of CBD
Although most of the effects that come with CBD appear while it’s actively in your system, it can have some longer-term effects. Such as helping to restore your natural circadian rhythm.
After a while, you may realize that you are naturally feeling tired when you should be & otherwise feel alert/awake! So, there can be some positive, long-term effects of taking CBD.
CBD Can Be Alerting
Unlike sleep aids, CBD can actually cause an alerting, energizing effect to take place! At lower dosages, CBD tends to increase wakefulness & focus. This is why many people are using CBD not just at night, but during their day as well.
You may notice you are more clearheaded & your mind is quieted down in a good way. These are all effects that we hear of consistently. Now, at higher dosages, CBD can be sedating, especially when it comes to full-spectrum CBD. So, you may opt to take larger dosages at night than you do during the day.
This sort of dosing should promote both wakefulness & quality rest! So, you can take on every day with ease & feel truly rested after sleeping!
CBD won’t cause you to feel groggy, tired, or lethargic in the morning. Due to its unique ability to work alongside your body, instead of forcing it to go to sleep. Unlike sleep aids.
CBD also doesn’t come with the various side effects that can be observed with traditional sleep aids. It’s simply a natural way to help your body achieve more quality, restorative sleep.