Ask a Sleep Doctor: Will CBD Help Me Sleep Better?By Jared Minkel, Ph.D.
Q: CBD products are all the rage right now. What are your thoughts on whether they’re useful for sleep-related issues?
Jared Minkel, Ph.D.: Lots of people believe CBD and other cannabis products help them sleep. The truth is, we don’t have enough scientific evidence yet from careful, unbiased studies to really say for sure. If you choose to try a CBD oil for sleep, I recommend that you work with a doctor or therapist who is not too enthusiastic about marijuana—but also not totally against it. None of the sleep aids we have discovered so far work the same for everyone, so it can be helpful to carefully track your sleep before and after trying CBD or related products. It’s possible that a cannabis-based remedy could help you fall asleep quicker, but then contribute to waking up in the middle of the night when it wears off. Alternatively, it might have almost no impact on falling asleep, but help you stay asleep better through the night. I would recommend using an established sleep diary such as the “consensus sleep diary” to track all the most important aspects of your sleep. Also, you should be aware that cannabis-based remedies can be very expensive, so do the math on what it will cost per year and see if something else might be more affordable. Hopefully, we’ll have better evidence to guide recommendations soon!
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