When You Take CBD Before Bed, This Is What Happens

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a nonpsychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant that makes up marijuana and hemp (via Healthline). In comparison to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), another compound in the plant, CBD has the same health benefits but without the high. While research regarding the effects of CBD on humans is minimal, it is thought to provide relief from various health conditions such as Parkinson's disease, chronic pain, diabetes, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders (via Mayo Clinic). CBD products can also come in many forms including but not limited to oils, creams, capsules, lotions, vapes, and edibles.

If you're new to trying CBD, it's important to know how much to take, as well as when to take it. Dr. Lindsay Slowiczek provides guidance via Healthline, stating, "It's important to start with a low dose until you know how your body will react to CBD. A wide range of CBD dosages has been tested in clinical studies, but more evidence is needed before safe and effective dose recommendations can be made for specific uses."

Time your CBD usage for better sleep

It's important to note that there are some potential side effects linked to CBD usage including decreased appetite, dry mouth, diarrhea, and fatigue (via Mayo Clinic). Because CBD can induce feelings of drowsiness, some studies indicate it may boost one's quality of sleep (via Medical News Today). For example, a 2017 scientific review published in Current Psychiatry Reports found that CBD may serve as a potential treatment for people who struggle with insomnia. Additionally, a 2019 case series published in The Permanente Journal determined that nearly 67% of patients in their final sample showed sleep improvement within their first month of CBD usage, though results did vary over time.

For those looking to improve their sleep, Healthline suggests taking CBD at least one hour prior to bedtime. Leading premium CBD brand in the U.K., Trip, tells nighttime users what they can expect via their blog, writing, "After taking CBD oil, it will probably be about 20 minutes before you start to feel the effects. For some, it could take a little longer, so we would recommend taking CBD up to an hour before bedtime to start winding down and letting go of the day's stresses."