You can also read our in depth guide to understand better how Cannabidiol (CBD) helps with insomnia and sleep disorder
If you have ever had insomnia or any other sleep disruption, you probably know how difficult it can be. “Excessive daytime drowsiness” is one of the main symptoms, but that doesn’t really even begin to describe it! Other symptoms include brain fog, mental dullness, irritability, mood changes, fatigue, difficulty with learning and memory….and then there’s the lack of interest in sex, increased risk of accidents and the increased risk of serious health problems like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.
Research on CBD and its effects on sleep has been varied and inconclusive over the years. Studies so far do support CBD’s potential to interact with the sleep cycle. They reinforce the knowledge that CBD works on the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in sleep regulation.
When it comes to choosing a CBD product for your insomnia and other sleep disorders, there are many brands out there. The market isn’t regulated, so you need to know how to find trustworthy products. We are here to help you!
Here are the criteria we use to rate the best CBD oils for sleep support:
The following CBD products are our choices for the “Best CBD oils” for sleep with sleep supporting supplements such as Melatonin and more:
cbdMD is very well-known in the industry and rated well in our system. They have many different products and appear to be beginning to produce specialized products, like CBD PM for sleep.
As described, the CBD PM contains melatonin and several different herbs traditionally used as sleep aids. The melatonin level per dropperful is 5 mg, a bit higher than often recommended (1-3 mg) but reasonable. Each dropperful also contains 15 mg of CBD along with proprietary amounts of the herbs. Proprietary—they just list the total mg amounts of all the herbs—250mg.
The product is 3rd party test by an ISO-certified lab—that’s a big plus!
The cost of the CBD per mg is $0.09—very reasonable when you take into account the cost of other ingredients. One flavor—mint—is available in a 30mL bottle. The product also contains MCT oil.
Green Roads has yet another delivery method for their “Sleepy Z’s”—gummies.
The sleep gummies each contain natural Terpenes, Pectin, Citric Acid, Sugar, Non-GMO Corn Syrup, Natural Flavors, Natural Coloring along with 25 mg of CBD and 0.5 mg of melatonin per gummy. Their recommended dose is two gummies, so you would get 50mg CBD and 1 mg melatonin. The product is vegan friendly, and each packet contains 2 gummies costing $9.95 (on the day I checked they were on sale for $7.30) making it $0.2 per mg of CBD.
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CBDfx rated well in our rating system, while there were concerns over accuracy and transparency.
CBDfx also uses edible gummies as their sleep aid—CBD Melatonin Gummies. They are a broad-spectrum and vegan-friendly gummy that is also available in a “CBD Snooze Set” – a bundle that provides a lavender night-time face mask, the CBD Melatonin gummies and a CBD topical balm all for $82.99.
The CBD gummies with melatonin contain 10mg cannabinoids with 5 mg of melatonin. Lemon is the only flavor currently available. Ingredients are: Organic cane sugar, organic tapioca syrup, purified water, pectin, tri sodium citrate, citric acid, hemp extract, natural color & flavors, melatonin. Each bottle costs $49.99—I couldn’t actually find it listed anywhere, but it looks as if that is for 30 gummies. (The bottle lists a total of 300 mg and each gummie is 10 mg so….) On that basis, the cost per mg of CBD is $0.17.
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Charlotte’s Web is very well-established and well-respected and have been around since the beginning—one could really say they ARE the beginning because the Stanley Brothers provided the original patient, Charlotte, with the CBD oil that reduced her seizures. Their business is named in her honor.
Charlotte’s Web has raspberry-flavored gummies with a minimum of 10mg of CBD along with 3 mg of melatonin. Each jar contains 60 gummies cut into cubes. These are full-spectrum extracts and also contain tapioca syrup, beet sugar, fructooligosaccharides (FOS: great for gut bacteria and overall health, by the way), natural flavors, water, pectin, MCT oil and natural vegetable juice along with the raspberry flavor. The gummies also contain less than 1% citric acid, sodium citrate dihydrate, sunflower lecithin and tapioca starch—these are mainly ingredients needed to keep the gummie…well, a gummie.
The recommended dose is 2 gummies 30 minutes before bedtime.
Each jar costs $54.99 ($0.09/mg CBD) and should last a month. You can also purchase a “Sleep 3-Pack” normally $164.97 ($0.09/mg CBD) but as I write this, on sale for $131.97 ($0.07/mg CBD)
Medterra takes a slightly different approach with their sleep aid—it is in tablet form. The company is Hemp Authority certified—that is a very big plus and indicates serious efforts to be transparent and produce a high-quality product. 3rd party results are found at the bottom of the pages and listed as “Certificates of Analysis” or COAs. All products are made in the USA with zero THC. All are non-GMO as well and they provide “seed to sale” tracking.
Each tablet contains 25mg CBD and 10mg melatonin. That may be a bit high for the melatonin, but as mentioned, still in the well-tolerated range. The tablets are spearmint flavored. Tablets also contain D-Mannitol, Crospovidone, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Xylitol, Spearmint, Avocado Oil Powder, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide. For those of you who are geeks, those are the excipients, sweeteners and fillers often used to make a tablet and are very common.
The cost for 30 tablets is $55.99 which works out to $1.87 per tablet—not cheap, but if they help you sleep better, probably well worth it! Most reviews were 5/5 stars, so there is a pretty good chance they will work. Still, it didn’t work for everyone.
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The following CBD products are our choices for “Best CBD-only oils” for sleep:
The company is based in Los Angeles and uses CO2 and liquid chromatography to purify the CBD. They offer full-spectrum CBD products ranging in price from $0.10/mg to $0.39/mg.
SaibaiDee offers three potencies of CBD oils, all of which are peppermint flavored and contain coconut oil. All are full spectrum but contain less than 0.3% THC but do contain hemp terpenes, other cannabinoids, essential fatty acids and other nutrients.
Finally—SaibaiDee has an unflavored 1000+mg CBD at $0.12/mg.
Bundles are available—you can get the Great Vibes bundle with a bottle of the Good and the Super Good and a bundle that combines the Good, Super Good and Mega Good along with their topical balm. If you are looking to get better sleep, SaibaiDee offers lots of good choices.
Receptra has a variety of CBD oils that can be used to aid sleep. They have a line of 3rd party tested 0% THC for those that are interested or need to be certain their products are THC-free. All products are 3rd party tested and you can find the results by entering the code from your product label.
Receptra also carries a variety of potencies:
Watch our video review of Receptra Naturals:
FabCBD are pioneering a “preventative wellness lifestyle” and want their products to mirror that mission. According to their websites, the team has over 25 combined years in the health, fitness and supplement industries. They believe that “We must practice what we preach or what good are we to the world.” Nice!
FabCBD oils come in a variety of flavors: Citrus, Mint, Natural, Berry, and Vanilla. Their full spectrum oils come in 3 strengths—300, 600 and 1200 mg. When I checked the website, they were running their “Black Friday” sale and the cost per mg of CBD ranged from $0.07 to 0.04. ($19.50-49.50) Good sale!
They also sell 3-packs of the various oils—another good sale—50% off!
If you are looking for a sleep aid, FabCBD can provide many good choices – and if you catch a sale, at a great price!
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So what is normal versus disrupted sleep? And how can cannabidiol (CBD) and other supplements help to let you achieve normal sleep?
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Before we can understand how CBD and other supplements can help with sleep, let’s go through what is understood about normal sleep.
There are several areas of the brain involved with for healthy sleep. These include:
There are several other brain chemicals—neurotransmitters and hormones—besides melatonin and GABA that are important for healthy sleep. These include:
We are also finding that there are “clock genes” that help control sleep—many of these are clock genes influence the release of melatonin (as it becomes darker) or cortisol (as it becomes lighter).
There are two main ways that the body uses to keep us on a healthy 24-hr wake-sleep cycle. These are:
1. Circadian rhythms include the melatonin and the cortisol cycles. Circadian or daily rhythms help control your sleep cycle, body temperature, your base metabolism and the release of certain hormones.
2. Sleep-wake homeostasis. Homeostasis is a term used to describe a balance. The sleep-wake homeostasis makes you want to sleep when you are tired, getting stronger and stronger the longer you stay awake. It also helps to regulate how deeply you sleep and how restful your sleep is.
Both circadian rhythms and sleep-wake homeostasis can be affected by your overall health, stress levels, your sleep environment and by your diet.
Sleep can be either REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep or non-REM sleep, both of which are critically important. There are three stages of non-REM sleep that cycle with REM sleep. Most dreaming occurs during REM sleep while both REM and non-REM sleep are important for memory and processing the events and experiences of the day.
Medical and recreational cannabis has been investigated for its effect on sleep more than many other effects, but many of the studies have used THC along with CBD—or synthetic cannabinoids., ,, Some studies (You can read more here, here and here) have examined CBD directly, but we are still in the very early stages of research.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is centrally involved in the sleep-wake cycle, but it is far from clear exactly how it is involved. The ECS is a system of neurotransmitters (endocannabinoids) that interact with receptors (CB1 and CB2) to regulate the sleep cycle, appetite, reproduction, the immune system, body temperature, mood, pain perception, inflammation and learning. Endocannabinoids through the CB1 receptor appear to make non-REM sleep more stable.,  Overall, endocannabinoids function under circadian control and, depending on the specific endocannabinoid, may either promote sleep or promote wakefulness. Some endocannabinoids promote non-REM sleep. In a rat model system of insomnia, endocannabinoids can restore sleep. Once again—there is a lot to learn—we know that some endocannabinoid levels are affected when sleep is disrupted and we know that stress, pain and inflammation can all disrupt both sleep cycles and the ECS—but we don’t understand exactly how all these factors interact.
Recent studies have indicated that the effect of cannabinoids on sleep may depend on the ratio of THC to CBD, the dose, the timing and the delivery method (ie. oral or by inhalation).
Oral CBD given in a low dose may have a stimulating effect while higher doses (greater than 160mg) increases total time asleep and decreased the number of times a person wakes up during the night.  Much of the research has been done in animal models and much has used cannabis or synthetic cannabinoids and shows somewhat mixed results.
The number of studies using CBD alone are rare. One case study in a 10- year old girl with PTSD showed reduced insomnia and sleep disturbances with 25mg CBD plus a 3mg spray. Another small study in patients with a sleep disorder related to Parkinson’s disease showed an improvement in sleep with 75-300 mg of CBD a day. 
Overall, CBD appears to act as an anxiolytic, reducing anxiety or as a hypnotic (defined as sleep-inducing). A sedative, on the other hand, reduces excitement or the “irritability” of the central nervous system (CNS). Medium to higher doses of CBD appears to increase total sleep time, at least in rats. , 
A case series review was recently published which examine the effects of CBD in anxiety and in promoting sleep. Patients with anxiety or poor sleep were given 25mg of CBD per day, in the morning if they were experiencing anxiety or in the evening if they were experiencing sleep issues. Some patients received up to 175mg per day. Sleep was score using the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index. Sleep scores indicated that sleep was improved for up to 3 months. Interestingly, anxiety scores improved more significantly that sleep scores, again indicating that improved sleep after CBD use may be related to decreased anxiety levels.
In summary, there are few studies directly examining the effects of CBD on sleep. The pre-clinical (animal) and clinical studies that do exist seem to indicate that CBD may promote sleep by reducing anxiety and acting as a hypnotic, promoting sleep.
There are a variety of supplements that can be used along with CBD to aid in sleep—but with the proviso that none of these has been tested with CBD. There is no reason to think these additional substances would not be helpful, but the fact is that there is no evidence that they are.
Melatonin is the most commonly added substance.
Melatonin is a natural hormone produced deep within the brain in the pineal gland. Melatonin levels rise as the day darkens and prepares you for sleep. Melatonin has been shown to be a safe and effective way to:
Melatonin does work for the young and the elderly—but generally works better in some conditions including primary insomnia. You can increase melatonin naturally by turning down the lights during the evening, avoiding electronic screens and by taking a hot shower. Melatonin is also used to treat jet lag and Delayed sleep-wake phase disorder (DSWPD). It should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women or in elderly patients with dementia. If you are on any medications for a seizure disorder or are taking blood thinners (anti-coagulants or anti-platelet medications), talk to your physician about possible interactions with melatonin. Possible side effects include:
The recommended dose of melatonin varies, but it is usually effective to take 1-3 mg about 1 hour before you want to sleep.
The only company on our list with ingredients other than melatonin is cbdMD. Their sleep product also contains in addition to CBD and melatonin:
All the herbs are traditionally used to aid in sleep. The blend is proprietary, so there is no way of knowing how much of any herb is included—but, given the number of ingredients, it is doubtful than any adverse effects would occur because the amounts of each herb is likely to be too low. However, this is an educated guess and no more—caution should always be used and you should always consult a knowledgeable healthcare provider before using any supplement.
Valerian is a mild sedative and can ease tension and anxiety. It has been traditionally used, but modern scientific evidence has been somewhat contradictory. There are few side effects reported but it should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women or people on sedative medications such as barbiturates or benzodiazepines.
Passionflower has also been used traditionally to help people relax, to ease anxiety and for pain. It is generally considered to be very safe, but still should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women-there are no safety studies in these groups.
Hops has long been used in making beer but has a parallel history in medicine to help induce sleep and reduce restlessness. Hops may make depression worse, but this is rarely seen. People with hormone-sensitive cancers or other conditions such a breast cancer, endometriosis should avoid hops. Hops has some estrogenic properties as well and can cause breast growth in men, though it is unlikely in small doses. It can also interact with contraceptives and other estrogen-containing medications.
Chamomile acts as a very mild sedative and is commonly used for insomnia and other sleep disorders. Chamomile has been used probably almost as long as cannabis—and for similar reasons. Its effects on sleep may be due to the actions of apigenin which binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain. Chamomile should not be used by anyone allergic to the aster plant. Safety has not been tested in small children, pregnant or breastfeeding women.
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