How CBD May Help With Sleep Problems

Looking for the Cause

When sleeping becomes a problem, it is important and practical to find out where the trouble begins. It is a good idea to consult with a health advisor or study one’s daily activities to find out what the cause is.

If there is a medical or psychiatric condition that could be linked to the sleep disorder, it would then be wise to see a professional in the field related to these conditions.

There are times when daily life tension and stress can cause anxiety which contributes to sleep problems.  Unhealthy lifestyles and habits can also have an impact on sleeplessness.

CBD for Sleep-Related Problems

CBD or cannabidiol, which is a natural chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, has shown to be effective with symptoms related to insomnia.  CBD does not make anyone feel “high” like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is another cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant.


Studies have shown that stress and tension cause anxiety which in many cases result in problems to fall asleep.  According to case studies of REM sleep behavior disorders (RBD) of patients with Parkinson’s disease, CBD helps control RBD symptoms.  

In an experiment where rats were the subject, scientists found that “... CBD may block anxiety-induced REM sleep alteration via its anxiolytic [ antianxiety agent] effect, rather than via sleep regulation per se.”

How CBD Works

CBD works with the endocannabinoid system.  This system has receptors throughout the body.  Its job is to keep a balance in the body. It regulates sleep.  CBD works with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system by increasing the body’s potentiality to deal with anxiety.  In other words, CBD reduces anxiety which may help to improve sleep.

CBD may also work with alertness during the day when taken in smaller doses.