Why Does CBD Keep Me Awake? (Here’s 5 Reasons Why)
Have you taken CBD to help you sleep at night?
However, its had the complete reverse effect.
Are you new to using CBD?
What CBD are you taking?
How is the dosage?
Have you changed anything recently in your diet or lifestyle?
A common question that gets asked a lot by CBD users.
What is going on? Let’s take a closer look to see.
Why Does CBD Keep Me Awake?
CBD is one of over 60 active compounds in the cannabis plant. These active compounds, known as cannabinoids, affect your body in many different ways. There is not one set in stone reason as to why this is the case. However, the thing you need to consider when CBD is keeping you awake is to check the following: what type of CBD is in the product, where is the product from, what is the mg (milligram) per dose and potency of the product. Taking these into account will enable you to pinpoint the issue and allow you to get to the bottom of the reason as to why CBD may keep you awake. Theres also things like diet, lifestyle, your body weight, are you taking other medication and what time you are taking it etc, to consider.
1. The Dosage
There is not really one size fits all with CBD when it comes to the dosage, unfortunately many people simply start too low and don’t feel the effects. It takes a little while for it to get into the system, especially with oils.
It’s been reported that only 6-10% of many popular CBD oils actually get fully absorbed into the body. So dosing with enough is crucial.
There are a lot of variables that go into calculating how much CBD to take. Before trying any, be sure to talk to your doctor about and any potential risks and an appropriate dosage. If your doctor tells you how much to use, stick to their recommendation.
If your doctor doesn’t provide a recommendation, it’s advised that you start with a smaller dosage and gradually increase it. This could mean starting with 20mg – 40mg a day.
After a week, increase this amount by 5mg. Continue this until you feel that it is effectively treating your symptoms.
You might start off with 30mg to treat severe pain. You can take 30mg on days when you’re in a lot of pain. After a week you increase it to 35mg and after a second week, you increase use to 40mg.
At this point, you might feel that your pain is bearable.
It is good practice to keep track of how much CBD you’re taking and whether your symptoms are getting better.
Keep track by making a note on your phone or paper. Always read the label on any CBD product regarding maximum dosage per day etc.
2. The Source Of The CBD
Many of todays most popular CBD products are made from various batches of hemp or cannabis plants that are not lab tested properly for efficacy, if they are free of toxins and or pesticides.
This is HUGE! Also, many CBD products are made from isolates that may not work as effectively as a full spectrum blend.
Full spectrum blends are considered to have the “Entourage effect” – The entourage effect is a term that refers to the enhancing, synergetic effect that occurs when the full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes and botanical compounds that naturally occur in the cannabis plant are consumed together, which is meant to amplify and increase the effects of the CBD taken.
Some CBD products are made from a “paste” that is imported from places such as Spain and it’s very inconsistent. Before buying any CBD product, make sure that you know where the hemp was grown, how it was processed and if it’s been 3rd party lab tested. Many companies also put fillers, sweeteners and other ingredients to “water down” the product.
Another thing to consider, what is the plant strain?
Is it an indica or Sativa hemp relative? Does it have terpenes in it?
Indica is generally relaxing, whilst Sativa is uplifting. Terpenes will also steer the effect (both for THC and CBD), therefore terpenes that are uplifting will energise you and terpenes that are relaxing will calm you down.
It’s always worth investigating the source material and terpene content of your product.
3. The Potency
The old term “you get what you pay for” applies here. CBD oil is not an exception to this rule. To ensure you get the best, take into account the following aspects related to why CBD potency matters.
This relates to dosage but many times you’ll hear people say that they tried CBD, but didn’t feel anything.
This is simply because they aren’t taking a product that is potent enough. The cost of CBD oil speaks volumes about the value of the product itself.
Although CBD comes in varying bottle sizes (normally 10ml – 30ml), look at the actual CBD mg PER ml and you can get a good idea of what products are cheap and which products have a high efficacy and potency. Buy from the most transparent manufacturer that offers you the best price per milligram.
A standard bottle of CBD oil contains 30 ml of the product. In this amount, you might notice a massive difference in the amount of CBD. They can have between 500mg to 5000mg. The logic is to choose a product where the main component isn’t that much diluted with the carrier oil.
Although CBD might have effects, the kind of feeling you ultimately get relies on the amount that you took.
An intake of smaller amounts of CBD will leave you more alert than before. However, taking it in large quantities might leave you feeling drowsy.
Think of alcohol for a comparison. The first few shots energize you, but the more you take, the more subdued you become. It might even make you fall asleep.
This is one of the more trickier topics to cover as there’s quite a lot of variables. You have to take into account your lifestyle, do you lead a healthy lifestyle? How is your diet? Do you eat what is considered to be a balanced diet, which mixes protein, carbohydrates, grains, fruit and vegetables with dairy products?
Do you exercise regularly for around five times a week for 30 minutes? Which includes lifting weights and cardiovascular exercise?
What is your bodyweight like? You have to take into account your weight to CBD ratio too. Im sure Chewbacca would need more CBD for his aching lower back than beloved Yoda.
Are you on any other medication? This can be a massive contributing factor when you are thinking of, or are taking CBD. Always seek the professional advice of your doctor regarding this.
The time at which you decide to take CBD can make a big difference regarding how it can keep you awake. This again can be like a game of bingo at the old peoples home on a Sunday afternoon knowing when the optimum time to take that will work for you.
With everything mentioned here, its best to experiment with when you take CBD also, see what works as we’re all very different.
Some like to take it before bed, I personally take around two hours before bed and take sublingually to get the maximum effect possible, by holding under my tongue.
When you weigh up all contributing factors, it’s a tough call to make, especially if you are having problems. For most people they can take CBD without any problems and it works a treat.
Always consider the CBD you are taking regarding if the product is right for your personal requirements. What I mean is that there are CBD products made specifically for sleep, as they have added natural products that reflect this – with things such as chamomile and valerian root to name two.
5. From My Research, The Three Most Common Reasons Are…
I would tend to lean towards the product itself, rather than the individual. Although this could be the case.
Making sure you buy your CBD from a reputable company, that has third party laboratory testing with batch numbers is essential. Knowing where the product has come from is also very helpful and can tell you a lot.
You can get a good idea to to quality of the product regarding the cost, you are not going to get a high grade, premium CBD product for £15 from Amazon (sorry Amazon), it doesn’t work that way.
Check the potency and strength, its always better to go for a potent product, I have taken CBD where you need to take an entire dropper for the recommended dose. Then I have taken another CBD where you take only 4 drops, can you see the distinction here?
If you have a poor lifestyle or are on medication, then you may have to look into this a little deeper and speak with your doctor regarding it.
If you are having trouble and wondering why CBD is keeping you awake, there are a few options you can try to narrow down the problem.
However, there is plenty of other reasons as to why CBD might not be working for you. Maybe CBD just doesn’t agree with you, there will be some that this applies to, but I would say its more to do with the product itself, rather than the individual.