Does hemp CBD make you sleepy? It’s a question many people ask but one that you’ll find plenty of conflicting answers about, so today, we’re answering it once and for all!
Does Hemp CBD Make You Sleepy?
There are plenty of conflicting answers when it comes to asking “does CBD make you sleepy?” Why? Because there are so many symptoms that can be alleviated by CBD use (including insomnia) but there are also different plant characteristics that can influence the properties of the CBD products produced from it and different preparation processes that can influence the final CBD product. People also often make the assumption that CBD products make you sleepy because they have experienced or heard about the “couch lock”, “munchies”, or laziness that sometimes happens with recreational marijuana use.
The Role of THC in Tiredness
When people who chronically use cannabis recreationally use cannabis, they are experiencing the effects of THC reducing the levels of dopamine in their system. Dopamine plays an important role in our alertness and motivation among other things, so when reduced, we become less alert and less motivated.
The Role of CBD in Tiredness
When it comes to CBD its impact on tiredness is a little more complicated. Research shows that while tiredness is seen when extremely high doses (160-600 mg/day) of CBD are administered, the opposite effect takes place when low doses of CBD are administered – people tend to feel more stimulated.
So…Does Hemp CBD Make You Sleepy?
Hemp plants have such incredibly minimal levels of THC that the tiredness felt as a result of THC are not a concern, but what about the CBD in hemp plants? Since CBD tends to cause tiredness only at very high levels, you don’t have to worry about tiredness being an issue if you are taking Hemp CBD products as recommended.
So Is Cannabis Sativa Stimulating and Cannabis Indica Sedating?
This is a common misconception.
Recreational use marijuana can be from the Cannabis sativa plant or the Cannabis indica plant. Hemp, however, is always from the Cannabis sativa plant. Since, by law, CBD products from hemp plants MUST contain a very very low percentage of THC the Cannabis sativa plants grown for this purpose must be cultivated to have low THC, where Cannabis sativa plants grown for recreational use can have various THC levels.
So, if both sativa and indica plants can have different levels of THC and CBD, what is the difference between the two terms? The terms “sativa” and “indica” refer to the physical appearance of the plant itself.
Sativa: A taller plant with narrow leaves and longer flowering cycles that grow best in warm climates with a long season.
Indica: A shorter plant with broader leaves and shorter flowering cycles that can grow in cooler climates with shorter seasons.
What About CBD Levels in High Potency CBD Products?
Even high potency CBD products don’t contain the very high levels of CBD that would induce tiredness. For example, our Maximum Potency Cbd Sublingual Oil — NakedCBD 3000 Mg Oil contains 3000mg of hemp CBD in the entire bottle. In the bottle, there are 30 servings or 30 days worth of doses – that’s 100mg CBD per serving, still less than the levels of CBD shown to cause sleepiness in research studies.