One of the most common questions people have about CBD oil is whether it causes sleepiness. Here’s the truth.
People often wonder whether taking hemp-derived CBD oil makes you tired and sleepy. A well-known side effect of marijuana use is sleepiness, and because of hemp’s botanical relationship to marijuana, a common belief is that CBD hemp oil can cause a feeling of sedation that will make the user sleepy.
You may have heard about the benefits of CBD oil, but are hesitant because you’re concerned about how it’ll make you feel when you actually take it. Athletes have particularly long days filled with practice, weight training, conditioning, and more. With so much on your plate, being slowed down with sleepiness is not an option.
So what’s the truth? Will taking CBD oil make you tired?
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is a natural botanical extract made from the stalks and seeds of hemp plants. In addition to an array of nutritious material, it also contains a high concentration of CBD, or cannabidiol.
CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids that scientists have so far identified in the cannabis plant. Like all cannabinoids, CBD interacts with receptors throughout the body’s central and peripheral nervous systems and the immune system to alter the release of neurotransmitters.
While CBD oil has become a popular wellness product across all demographics, athletes in particular enjoy how the extract can keep their body running at a high level. Athletes of all levels – from professionals to weekend warriors — use daily hemp-derived CBD oil products to naturally boost athletic performance and encourage faster recovery.
CBD oil made from hemp is non-intoxicating, meaning your coordination and reaction time won’t be adversely impacted like with some other cannabis products.
Effects of CBD Oil: Does it Make You Sleepy?
The CBD found in CBD oil elicits its natural effects by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. This vital cellular-signaling system is involved in many important physiological functions, such as mood, memory, appetite, immune system response, and sleep.
Through its interaction with cannabinoid receptors, CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system to help the body achieve homeostasis. A more active endocannabinoid is why many CBD oil consumers have reported back that they experience “improved sleep quality” at night when they’re consistent with their routine.
But does CBD’s interactions with the body make you tired or sleepy?
You’re not going to experience the intense sedating “couch-lock” effect from hemp-derived CBD oil like you might from marijuana.
This is because hemp CBD oil contains only trace levels of THC, the major intoxicating cannabinoid found in marijuana that causes a high. It is THC that holds euphoric properties and can elicit heavy sedating effects.
With that said, people react to CBD oil differently. While many tell us that they feel slight “awakening” or “energizing” effects, some have reported feeling a sensation of “increased relaxation” or “soothing calmness.” Depending on how you choose to introduce CBD into your routine – sublinguilly with CBD tinctures, vaping with Dixie Botanicals CBD vaping liquid, or even topical CBD products – the effects you feel and the time it takes for them to “kick in” can fit seamlessly into any part of your day.
Others have said they don’t particularly feel any type of sensation immediately after taking CBD oil, but instead notice an “overall sense of better energy” during the day and “better sleep” at night.
If you find that CBD oil causes a relaxing effect, CBD capsules might be the best way for you to take CBD since their metabolization rate is slower than other methods of ingestion. Or, you may opt for taking your serving in the evening or prior to going to bed.
CBD Oil and Sleep
While CBD oil won’t cause sedation, CBD’s stimulation of the endocannabinoid system can naturally encourage a more healthy sleep cycle at night.
By augmenting the body’s own endocannabinoids, CBD supports the endocannabinoid system and its efforts to keep the body’s many functions, including sleep, in balance.
With regular CBD oil use, you may experience effects and sensations related to a more active endocannabinoid system. In other words, the natural balancing effects of CBD may positively impact your sleep habits and quality.
But if you’re really looking for something to kick-start your day, be sure to check out our Kicks Energy CBD Chews. Each chew includes 100mg of caffeine and they come in three great-tasting flavors.
Learn More About CBD Oil
You can learn even more about CBD oil products and their natural benefits for athletes through the Dixie Botanicals® blog.
Get started with hemp CBD today by visiting the online shop of our primary distributor, HempMeds®.