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If you’ve ever had trouble sleeping (and, let’s be honest – most of us have), you know how frustrating it can be. Tossing and turning in bed, trying to get to sleep, makes minutes feel like hours.

Getting a good night’s sleep isn’t just a matter of comfort – getting enough sleep improves both mental and physical health, and helps you get through your day productively. Not to mention, it feels fantastic.

There are lots of solutions out there for improved sleep, from simple exercise to powerful pharmaceuticals.

If you haven’t had luck with things like breathing exercises and meditation, and you don’t want to start taking prescription drugs or pharmaceuticals, there’s something new for you to try: CBD for sleep.

Can CBD help with sleeplessness or insomnia?

New research on CBD for sleep is coming out every day, and the results are looking good for those who hope to treat insomnia with CBD.

In a 2019 study published in the Permanente Journal, researchers found that sleep scores improved in a majority of patients who were given CBD. Anxiety scores were also reduced in nearly 80% of patients.

And in an animal study in the Journal of psychopharmacology (Oxford, England), researchers found that “the total percentage of sleep significantly increased in the groups treated with 10 and 40 mg/kg of CBD compared to placebo.”

All of this to say, there’s solid science behind the thinking that CBD can potentially help you get to sleep.

What kind of CBD product should I take?

Some CBD products are specifically formulated for sleep, and contain additional ingredients like melatonin that are reported to help with sleeplessness.

So if you’re looking for something to help you sleep, a CBD tablet with melatonin, may be the perfect choice.

The effects of CBD are also tempered by the other cannabinoids present, as well as terpenes. This is what’s called the entourage effect.

Some people believe that CBD is most effective when complemented by other cannabinoids, and that some cannabinoids and terpenes are specifically good for helping with sleep. For example; these Sleep Drops from Plant People contain tons of CBD, along with CBN, CBC, and carefully selected terpenes.

Tinctures like these Sleep Drops tend to be faster-acting than an edible or topical CBD product, so they could be a good option for those who experience infrequent sleeplessness – if you want to take CBD only when you really need it.

If you know for sure that you always have trouble sleeping, something more consistent like an edible is probably your best bet. Edibles have the advantage of a consistent, measured dose, so you can take the exact amount of CBD you need at the same time every day. They’re also discrete and super-portable, so they’re easy to bring with you on the road.

When should I take CBD to help me sleep?

If you’ve decided to try CBD to help you sleep, the timing of when you take it is important.

How quickly CBD takes effect depends on what type of product you consume.

From slowest to fastest:

Edibles and drinks, along with capsules that get swallowed, can take up to two hours to take effect.

Topicals should take effect within an hour.

Sublingual products like oils, tinctures, and dissolving tablets take effect very quickly, often within minutes.

So with this in mind, you should take a CBD edible 2 hours before bed, take a topical 30 to 60 minutes before bed, and sublingual products right before bed.

There’s more and more evidence for CBD as a sleep aid. But as with anything, you’ll need to try it for yourself to determine if it’s effective for you. Check out our full range of products designed to help with sleep, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions.