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Does CBD Make You Sleepy? Can It Make You tired?

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Does CBD make you sleepy, or not? Is CBD good at making you tired? These are popular questions in the US, mainly because of the staggering amount of people with sleep disorders looking for relief via CBD products. Cannabidiol, or CBD, seems to accomplish many positive results for users, so wondering how it affects your sleep seems like a logical question.

TL;DR – In large doses (typically around 60 mg or greater), CBD might make some people sleepy, or feel tired. While it’s possible it can help you get some sleep, if you suffer from severe insomnia – normal CBD tinctures likely won’t help you sleep any better. Blending CBD and melatonin, however, makes one of the most powerful over the counter sleep aids on the market.

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Does CBD Make You Sleepy or Tired?

CBD (Cannabidiol) might make you feel a little more relaxed after taking it, but it really shouldn’t make you sleepy or tired on it’s own. Unless…you take very high doses of it. We’ll get into this subject later on.

Legitimate CBD products can offer a sedative effect on people. This is why consumers report that CBD helps reduce anxiety and other mental issues related to episodes like racing minds.

Why is that?

Cortisol is a hormone our bodies produce that helps us manage stress. This hormone peaks in the morning for most people. Insomniacs aside, having high cortisol levels at night is associated with an increased number of awakenings in the middle of the night.

Interestingly, in one study done taking CBD, scientists discovered that cortisol levels may drop quite a bit when subjects consumed 300 to 600mg of genuine CBD oil.

From the looks of this study, researchers agree CBD may affect cortisol levels in our bodies. This means CBD may act as a sedative.

To put this into perspective, 300 to 600 mg of CBD is a LOT OF CBD! I would not recommend anyone take this much CBD in a serving. Our most potent sleep product offers 66mg of a pure, CBD-rich hemp extract per serving. 

This means these test subjects were taking anywhere from 3.5x to 7x the recommended serving! Wow!

No wonder this CBD made them feel sleepy. That said, does CBD make you tired? According to this study, only if you take WAY too much.

Not only is that a lot of CBD, its financially taxing on the wallet. Using that much CBD oil per night would cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars per month.

So, How Can CBD Help With Sleep Issues?

There are a few things worse than sleep disorders. The feeling of never being able to fall asleep, despite everything you tried.


There is another way for people to use CBD to make themselves sleepy, though. While plain CBD is effective for things like pain management, inflammation, and anxiety relief, we now know it is not a great when it comes to the need to improve sleep quality.

Taking something like CBD gummies for pain works quite well, but that same CBD gummy may not help you sleep just as effectively.

That is…until you blend CBD with other natural, scientifically studied sleep aids like melatonin. Researchers use the term ‘synergistic’ to describe an effect that occurs between two or more substances that work better together than they do alone.

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Keep in mind that synergism doesn’t only mean beneficial. For example, carbon tetrachloride and ethanol are both liver toxic on their own. However, taken together they can make a much greater liver injury than the total of their effects on the liver, individually.

A beneficial synergism occurs when mixing melatonin with a CBD-rich hemp extract. CBD interacts with melatonin in a very interesting way. The synergy seems to be incredible. Next, let’s get into effective sleep aids that use this powerful synergistic approach to sleep management.

Normal CBD Oil Isn’t Great At Helping People Sleep

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: plain CBD products that everyone sells are great at several things, but sleep improvement isn’t one of these things.

What do I mean by plain CBD oil products? If a product has only a carrier oil in it (ie: MCT oil), and some type of CBD extract (ie: broad or full spectrums), and that’s it – I consider this plain CBD.

Almost everyone sells plain CBD oil. It’s literally everywhere. Companies are trying to take advantage of the CBD boom. This is a good thing, but it is also a bad thing.

Before I get into the pros and cons of plain CBD products, I want to make something very clear. Pure CBD has shown to offer a lot of potential health benefits that can be life changing. There is nothing wrong with plain CBD.

That said, you need to be aware of what plain CBD may, or may not, help you with. There are so many people that claim CBD oil can do almost anything (including cure cancer), which is a straight up lie. CBD companies will do anything to get your money, and it’s unfortunate. Regardless of how much CBD you take, it just cannot completely cure conditions.

Effective CBD Oil for Sleep

New Phase Blends, one of the leading CBD brands in the industry, developed a patent-pending product that revolves around blending melatonin with a CBD-rich hemp extract to help improve sleep quality.

Users of this powerful, CBD-based sleep aid do not need to take an enormous amount of CBD either. New Phase Blends discovered that melatonin (a hormone responsible for regulating our sleep/wake cycle) can work synergistically when taken together.

That means that only a little amount of melatonin (3 mg per serving) and CBD (66 mg per serving) may put people into the deepest sleep they’ve had in a long time. This is (by FAR) the most effective way to use CBD oil for sleep.

Users should take this powerful, natural sleep enhancer anywhere from one hour to 30 minutes before their normal bedtime. Although most users report getting better sleep on the first or second night, it can take several nights for this product to make you feel sleepy again.

There’s also a money back guarantee on all products from New Phase Blends. If you don’t like our products, just return them for all of your money back. That’s it!

Where Does CBD Come From, Anyway?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found within the cannabis plant species.

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For those who do not know, both industrial hemp and marijuana make up the cannabis plant. The difference between hemp and marijuana is only the THC content – that’s it.

Related: What’s CBD Stand For?

Marijuana has high THC levels, while hemp will have less than 0.3% THC by federal law. A lot of people think that all cannabis gets you high, but this isn’t the case with hemp. There is not enough THC in hemp to get you even remotely high.

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) within our bodies in order to illicit certain responses, like pain reduction or anti-inflammatory effects. The endocannabinoid system is made up of a network of different cells that send signals to each other. As you can see, they are located all throughout our body. A large portion are found in the central nervous system. CBD interacts with receptors that make up the ECS.

Endocannabinoid System Receptors

Regardless, this is why CBD can affect our body so well. You can thank your endocannabinoid system.

Can CBD Oil Help You Sleep?

If your sleep problems stem from anxiety or anxiousness that keeps you up at night, sure, it might help you sleep. People report using CBD to help their anxiety, and they claim it works really well for this. However, if your sleep troubles are more severe, you may not want to try a normal CBD oil product to help you sleep.

Stick to something with melatonin in it, since the two compounds (CBD and melatonin) work synergistically together.

Why is it good?

As long as the plain CBD products carry a genuine CBD extract, it’s good because more people are getting access to it. This product is incredible at helping with things like pain, inflammation, and anxiety management.

Why is it bad?

The typical consumer is still quite uneducated about CBD oil products and what forms of relief they actually aid with. This means companies try to make all sorts of claims about their products that are just not true (like CBD is an excellent at improving sleep quality).

Large Amounts of CBD Are Needed to Make You Tired

If you are looking to use CBD to make you tired, you’ll likely be disappointed. Hemp extract (or CBD extract) is NOT effective at making people tired. To be honest, reports do mention that CBD can be used for sleep, but test subjects took roughly 5 – 20x the amount of CBD taken in a normal dose. When you blend it with other compounds, however, it produces a synergistic effect that results in one of the most powerful over the counter compounds to help get a good night’s sleep.

If you are looking to take something to get tired, a standard 1,000mg CBD oil tincture or even a 2,000mg CBD oil tincture may not do the trick for you.

Will CBD Gummies Make You Sleepy?

A normal CBD gummy should not make you tired. Normal gummies contain around 30-50 mg of CBD per gummy, and have no other compounds added to them.

It is reported, however, that taking too much CBD may make people feel a bit sleepy. The study that mentioned this specified that people taking 300 mg’s or more of CBD got tired. That is far too much CBD for someone to take at once.

Can Taking Too Much CBD Make You Drowsy?

Yes, it’s possible. While CBD doesn’t normally have many side effects, drowsiness is one of them. The thing is, most of these side effects are noticed after taking too much CBD. How much is too much?

Since there is no standard dosage issued for CBD products, it’s kind of user dependent. I, personally, would consider 75mg of CBD in a serving a lot, and this much could potentially make you drowsy.

Confused on what to buy? Check out our CBD starter kit. This kit comes with several different forms of CBD products. You can see which type you like best. Maybe you like them all, maybe you prefer a balm, or a CBD tincture. With this kit, there is no guessing. You get it all.

Night-time Anxiety

Struggling with anxiety at night? Does your night-time anxiety make it tough for you to fall asleep, and stay asleep?

The good news for you is that CBD and anxiety have been studies, and using it will help calm you down. This could, in turn, help you get a great night’s sleep.

Summary – Does CBD Make You Sleepy?

Does CBD make you tired or sleepy? Is it a good supplement to use to get better sleep?

On it’s own, in recommended dosages – no, it will not make your sleepy or tired. CBD, by itself, is a poor sleep aid. A vast majority of the time, people only report feeling sleepy after taking plain CBD oil when they take too much of it.

Taking too much of any substance is usually a big no no.

The alternative is to use a CBD and melatonin sleep aid that works synergistically to help you get a deep sleep, without having to take a ton of CBD or melatonin. This is the real key to better sleep.

Whether it’s a full spectrum CBD tincture, or tasty jar of of CBD gummies – we have you covered when it comes to our CBD shop and product line of CBD items.


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About the Author - CBD Expert Dale Hewett

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Dale Hewett is the owner and founder of New Phase Blends. He discovered his passion for CBD use after suffering from injuries sustained while on Active Duty in the US Army. His number one priority is introducing the same CBD products that he himself uses for relief to others who can benefit from them.

Dale holds a Master Degree of Science, and is the inventor of the popular, CBD-based sleep aid known as ‘Sleep.’ He’s given multiple lectures on CBD to institutions such as Cornell’s MBA student program, and Wharton’s School of Business.

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