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CBD and Dreams: How CBD Effect Our Sleep

Jul 6, 2022

If you’ve ever taken a hiatus from your regular CBD routine, you may have noticed one strange side effect once your eyes close for the night: your dreams change.

They may become vivid, maybe even lucid, or they may increase in frequency. There’s also the possibility that stopping or starting CBD doesn’t have a profound effect on your dreams at all. Research theorizes links between CBD and dreaming, but more studies are needed to establish a clear connection between the two. For now, it’s worth exploring how CBD consumption uniquely and personally affects your dream cycles as well as the science that currently substantiates the idea that the two may be connected.

 

Why Do We Dream?

Sleep has different stages. There's REM sleep and non-REM sleep. From light sleep to deep sleep, and then REM sleep, which is dreaming. If you're in deep sleep, it's not easy to recall the dream when you're dreaming in REM sleep. However, if you're in very short, poor quality sleep, or light sleep, then you will be in REM sleep that the dream you can recall. So, for some poor sleepers, it can feel like they've been dreaming all night.

Our emotional and mental states impact the content of our dreams. Some people even experience strange, intense dreams from eating dairy or spicy food in the late evenings.

What this boils down to is that our dreams are not completely separate from our waking life. Lifestyle habits from stress levels, how much sleep you're getting, exercise, food, and supplements may have a direct impact on the quality of our dreams.

We can even consciously impact our dreams through psychological techniques such as lucid dreaming, where you can experience a state of mind where you're fully conscious while dreaming. People use lucid dreaming techniques to make impactful life decisions, gain insight into their subconscious minds, and even stop recurring nightmares.

 

Do Dreams Affect Our Sleep Quality?

Some studies show that dreaming affects sleeping quality to some degree. First, the generation of dreams shows that sleep is still in a relatively shallow level which is easy to be disturbed by the external environment, then affecting the quality of sleep. Second, the subconscious is still active, and that means your brain have rest deprived which can greatly decrease sleep quality. Third, nightmares or other highly stimulating dreams can wake people up suddenly and affect the quality of sleep.

 

How CBD Change Our Dreams?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that may have a slightly different effect on REM sleep compared to THC. One study found that CBD efficiently blocked anxiety-induced REM sleep suppression but had little effect on non-REM sleep.

This could indicate CBD increases the amount of time spent dreaming during the night however, this effect has not been formally studied.

Anecdotally, there have been reports of people experiencing more vivid or lucid dreams after taking CBD products directly before bed.

Some consumers have also claimed that CBD gives them a significantly improved ability to recall what happened in their dreams. However, theres little evidence to prove why or how CBD improves dreaming and recall.

On the other hand, some people report a reduction of dream activity after taking CBD before bed. The effects of CBD on dreaming likely rely heavily on the individual. Some people dream more vividly; others experience less dream recall after using CBD.

People who use CBD, they tend to suppress REM sleep, they have less REM sleep. And when they have less REM sleep youre going to have less dreams because dreams only happen during REM sleep. So, for a long time people didnt recognize this, but once people stop smoking suddenly theres a rebound phenomena where people can have quite vivid dreams.


How CBD Improve Our Sleep Quality?

CBD can be an excellent tool for those that struggle with sleep. People with insomnia, in particular, may benefit from cannabinoids such as delta 8 THC, delta 9 THC, CBD, and potentially CBG. These cannabinoids can induce sleep and help promote a healthy night’s rest.

For people who have PTSD, there is much to be said about using both delta 9 THC and delta 8 THC. These cannabinoids could potentially improve sleep quality and help suppress the REM stage of sleep where traumatic dreams and nightmares could occur.

On the other hand, people looking for better dream recall and want a way to improve the vividness of their dreams could turn to CBD. This cannabinoid may help enhance the visual aspect of dreaming and help consumers recall their dreams more efficiently.

Different cannabinoids have different effects on the sleep cycle. The cannabinoid you choose for sleep will depend on how you want to alter your sleep cycle.

CBD has quickly become a natural way to support a good night's sleep.

One of its most notable effects is deep relaxation and regulating healthy inflammation levels, which may help calm the body to prepare for sleep.

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