Can CBD help you sleep?

While research is in its early stages, here’s what we know so far about how CBD Gummies can help with sleep.
Nature`s Boost
June 12, 2023

Many people experience trouble falling or staying asleep.

In fact, it’s been reported that 70% of adults in America suffer from insufficient sleep one night per month. 

For many, relying on OTC sleep aids isn't the ideal solution. That has led people to try natural remedies, such as CBD Gummies, to improve their sleep.

But what do we really know about CBD and its effectiveness for sleep issues?

What is CBD Gummies?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis plants. Cannabis contains hundreds of these cannabinoids. The most prominently known are THC and CBD.

Whereas THC is known for its intoxicating effects (the “high” from cannabis), CBD does not share this intoxicating effect. Instead, early studies have found that CBD and other cannabinoids may provide health benefits.

CBD products are in a legal gray area in the United States. Hemp-derived CBD products are legal on the federal level but are still illegal in some states. (“Hemp” is a legal classification referring to cannabis that contains very low levels of THC – less than 0.3% of the plant’s weight). It is this legal gray area that has slowed the pace of scientific study on cannabis and CBD.

The only CBD product that is FDA approved is a prescription drug called Epidiolex, which is used to treat pediatric epilepsy. CBD is not FDA approved as a dietary supplement.

Is it safe?

While the benefits of CBD Gummies have not been adequately confirmed through clinical study, it is widely believed that CBD Gummies poses minimal risk to most people.

The World Health Organization stated, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of abuse or dependence potential… to date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD”

If you’re thinking of trying CBD Gummies, it’s always recommended to first consult your doctor or a medical professional—especially if you have a medical condition or take prescription drugs.

Finally, it’s important to purchase CBD from trusted and verified sources. A 2020 study by the FDA found that less than half of CBD products contained within 20% of the CBD stated on the label. It’s best to buy only from well-reviewed brands that publish lab tests verifying the purity and potency of ingredients.

What is causing your sleep issues?

In evaluating the use of CBD Gummies for sleep issues, it helps to first understand why you have a hard time sleeping.

Some of the most common causes of disrupted sleep are:

  • Environmental factors (for example, too much light or an uncomfortable bed)
  • Caffeine consumption, especially late in the day
  • Pain and other physical symptoms
  • Medication
  • Anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders

Discuss your sleep issues with a medical professional and ask whether CBD oil might be helpful for you.

How effective is CBD for sleep?

While there is massive public interest in CBD, so far there is only moderate evidence that cannabinoids can improve your sleep.

A 2019 case series followed the effects of CBD on anxiety and sleep quality in 72 adult patients at a psychiatric clinic. After a month of observation, sleep scores improved for 48 of the patients (66.7%). The authors concluded that "controlled clinical studies are needed."

A 2021 literature review published in Neurotherapeutics pointed to a 2013 study in rats. That study found that increased doses of CBD resulted in increases in total sleep—but no human studies have corroborated these findings.

The 2021 review also pointed to a small study published in 2020 (sample size of 18 people) that found increased sleepiness in subjects who used CBD-dominant cannabis. But the study could not isolate the effect of the sleepiness to CBD (due to the presence of a small amount of THC in the cannabis).

In summary, there is no high-quality clinical research to support CBD's impact on sleep—even though there is a great amount of interest and anecdotal evidence to support its use.

The bottom line

We’re still in the early days of cannabis and CBD research.

Currently, there is not high-quality data to support the use of CBD Gummies for improving sleep. Preliminary studies show potential. More study is needed to isolate the serving sizes, formats and regimen for using CBD effectively to manage sleep issues. 

Still, many people report improved sleep as one of the benefits of using CBD.

Because CBD is generally well-tolerated in humans, if you’re curious about trying CBD for sleep, talking to your doctor is a great place to start.