I'll be honest, I went back to 10 milligrams for day 7 because I was mostly annoyed. I was really hoping the CBD oil would make me feel soothed and bright-eyed, like being wrapped in blanket after a refreshing shower. It didn’t. At least, not for me, and not in the morning before work.
Days 3 and 4 were similar, and I stuck with the 15 milligram dose of CBD in my coffee. I found no change in my anxiety or mood, but still was pretty ready to take a nap for most of the day. It was also around this time that I started to think this would’ve been a better nighttime experiment.
I started with 10 milligrams of CBD oil blended into my morning cup of drip coffee and a splash of milk. I suppose I could’ve just stirred it in, but I was worried about the oil separating to the top of my coffee. Three hours later, I noticed nothing different, but I was maybe a bit sleepy.
Currently, CBD is legal the United States, but there are some caveats. CBD can be either hemp- or marijuana-derived, the former containing 0.3 percent or less THC (not enough to get you high), and the latter containing up to three times that amount. While most CBD oils indeed contain that minimal amount of THC, some states will incorrectly characterize the oil as cannabis, which could get certain people into trouble.
Food and lifestyle publications have recently gotten way into CBD oil as the new “it” supplement. CBD, the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, is baked into desserts at trendy bakeries and blended into coffees at hip cafes. You’ve probably seem your favorite Instagram influencers drop the oil under their tongues or into their morning green smoothie, saying it helps with anxiety, inflammation, chronic pain, and other day-to-day complications. As someone with pretty regular anxiety, I was eager to try incorporating CBD into my routine to see if these testimonials rang true.
l live in Manhattan, and I’m a white woman, so even though CBD is legal, I of course ran into no problems when I bought a vial of Charlotte’s Web CBD oil from my local health food store. I decided to incorporate the oil into my morning coffee for a week. While the packaging explained that the serving size was 1 milliliter of the oil, which would contain 10 milligrams of hemp extract, this didn’t mean that amount was necessarily the right dose for every person. Dr. Michelle Weiner, an interventional pain management physician, spoke to Popsugar explaining that the best way to start taking CBD oil is to start low and slow. "In general, while 25 milligrams a day is a healthy wellness dose, some may choose to start at 10-15 milligrams per dose," Dr. Weiner told Popsugar.
On day 6, I planned to switch my CBD-ing to an evening caffeine-free drink. However, I actually found myself out at a breakfast meeting and was told by my server that CBD coffee was now available at the restaurant (though it wasn’t on the menu). My breakfast companion and I both ordered a cup, and I drank about 4 ounces of it. An hour later, I was ready for a beach chair and a long nap. We weren’t able to find out how much CBD was in that cup of coffee, but I imagine it was at least 20 milligrams. Had I not been back at the office at this point, I could imagine this dose would’ve eased my worries and lulled me off to a dreamless sleep. As I couldn’t leave work, I instead felt like I was operating on about 2 hours of sleep.
CBD oil is wrapped up in the increasingly mainstream conversation about the legality of cannabis. Specifically, it’s becoming impossible to ignore the different way cannabis is covered by media based on its consumer. For example, an article will pop up about cool moms, typically white women, who smoke weed (obtained legally or illegally) as part of their daily self-care routine, characterizing a hit of a joint as no worse than a sip of wine. Conversely, the ACLU reports that of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88 percent were made for those who simply had marijuana on their person, and that black people were 3.73 percent more likely to be arrested than white people. While CBD and THC (the psychoactive drug in cannabis) are not the same thing, the topics shouldn’t necessarily be kept separate.
On day 2, I upped the dosage to 15 milligrams in my coffee. By the time I got to work, I was shocked at how tired I was feeling. I’d gotten plenty of sleep, so I wondered if I’d accidentally been too intense with my morning workout, but that seemed unlikely. Other than the sleepiness, I can’t say I felt any differently than any other day.
A review conducted in early 2019 states that CBD can help a person to fall asleep quickly, improve sleep quality and reduce sleep disturbances. As CBD boosts our ECS, it aids in regulating essential functions of our body, including sleep.
Many times the side effects of marijuana are associated with CBD oil as well, making consumers more apprehensive. By enhancing our awareness about CBD and how it works, we can better understand its effects. So, let's get started.
You would have already come across CBD oil and CBD oil-infused products if the ingredient is legalized in your state. This oil or tincture contains CBD derived from the hemp plant, which is a kind of cannabis plant. The extracted is mixed with a carrier oil, making it easy for your body to absorb CBD.
Sleepiness or a sense of euphoria is the side effect of cannabis substances like marijuana which are rich in THC. This is a psychoactive ingredient which induces 'stoner effect' and is addictive. The way our body responds to CBD is entirely different. Rather than making us feel sleepy, it delivers an energizing effect. It relaxes our body and mind to bring us to a state of calmness. CBD is described as an 'anxiolytic' which reduces anxiety and stress.
How does CBD oil help combat sleep disorder?
We should realize that the field of study related to the effect of CBD oil on sleep disorder is relatively new. We still need to acquire a lot of knowledge in this regard before CBD can be proposed as an alternative to sleeping pills to curb insomnia.
CBD oil can be consumed through sublingual absorption or vaping. Once depleted, the extract starts interacting with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in our body which contains CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD binds with CB2 receptors which are the core components in the muscular system, immune system and the cardiovascular system. By promoting the production and binding of natural endocannabinoids with the CB2 receptors, CBD triggers the body to heal itself.
Every individual's body uniquely receives CBD. So, the CBD concentration in the tincture, mode of consumption, age, body chemistry and the metabolism of the user may enhance or reduce the effect of CBD. You should also consider that full-spectrum CBD oil has a slightly different result than isolate CBD. The length of time for which the effects remain may also vary among consumers.
What is CBD oil?
Several studies conducted till now support the fact that CBD oil can relax a person who has insomnia. As you get better sleep, you can wake up feeling refreshed and energized instead of feeling tired or sedated. To enhance CBD's effectiveness, it is suggested that you should consume it at least 1-2 hours before you hit the bed.
We now understand that CBD enhances the homeostatic balance in our body. But does it get you sleepy? Absolutely not. CBD oil or any CBD infused product does not make you feel dizzy or tired at all.