Bill of New York, New York has been booted to the guest room by his wife until he can get a grip on his tossing and turning. He’s can’t sleep for the life of him. The over-the-counter sleeping aids stopped working. And the Ambien made him sleep walk. He’s run into a dead-end and wants to know if CBD Oil really does help with sleep.


Dr. Patel,

So far none of the other doctors have been able to help me, but I’m hoping you can. I can’t sleep. I have a hard time falling asleep. I can’t stay sleep. And I wake up feeling like a total wreck.

I’ve struggled with sleep since as far back as I can remember. I’m now 55 and it’s only gotten worse.

I’ve had a really hard time falling asleep since I was a teenager. I remember laying in bed for hours on end with my mind racing. Now, I keep on having to get up to pee, and then can’t get back to sleep.

I think I’ve tried everything under the sun over the past 25 years.

Over-the-counter sleep aids, like Unisom and Zzzquil, have left me feeling hungover the next morning. And, they stop working after a while.

Melatonin doesn’t work anymore.

I took Ambien for several years, but that stuff has some pretty scary side effects.

Like this one time, I ended up buying a bunch of stuff on Amazon and didn’t realize it until the packages showed up at my front door. Another time, I woke up in the middle of the night, turned on the car, and was about to drive off to who knows where. Luckily, my wife heard the garage door and stopped me before I could drive off.

Even when Ambien did help me sleep, I never woke up feeling well rested. I’d walk around feeling like a zombie the following day.

Now, I’m back to where I started. The only difference is that my loving wife has sentenced me to the guest bedroom until I can get my tossing and turning under control.

Recently, I was telling a friend about my trouble sleeping. He happened to have some CBD Oil on hand. I tried some and I have to say I was definitely surprised. I had the best sleep I’ve ever had in years.

Was it just a fluke? Does CBD Oil really help with sleep?


New York, NY

Bill, I wish I could say that I’m not familiar with the effects of insomnia. But, boy oh boy am I. I remember when as an overworked medical resident, I found myself wired. There were days when I’d work 90 hours in a matter of 5 days and would be on my feet for 30 hours at a time. And yet wouldn’t get in a wink of sleep when I got home. I got so desperate for sleep that I got a script for Ambien from my doctor. But after reading up on the side-effects of Ambien, I never ended up filling the script.

Looking back I wish I had access to CBD. It would’ve definitely helped the cause.

Let’s talk about why your experience with CBD Oil wasn’t a fluke, beginning with the research.


I’m going to take you back in time to the 80s.

A study published in 1981 looks at the effects of CBD on insomniacs from 1972 to 1981. By the way, this research was done in Sao Paulo, Brazil, of course, not in the United States.

In any case, participants were selected based on their history of difficulty sleeping. They had trouble falling asleep (at least 1 hour) and experienced poor sleep throughout the night.

Over 5 weeks, the participants were given a capsule that contained either CBD or glucose or nitrazepam (a Benzodiazepine) at night. And, in the morning they had to complete a questionnaire.

The participants who were given CBD reported

  1. sleeping more than 7 hours,
  2. had fewer interruptions of sleep, and
  3. overall, reported getting a good night’s sleep.

What’s going on? Why does CBD help you get your Zzzz’s?

The Endocannabinoid System is involved in the regulation of your circadian rhythm, what’s otherwise known as the sleep-wake cycle. More specifically, it’s involved with the maintenance and regulation of sleep.

The results of a study of healthy humans showed that the endocannabinoid, Anandamide – an ENDOcannabinoid – exhibited a circadian rhythm. Concentrations of anandamide are three-fold higher at wakening than immediately before falling asleep. Sleep deprivation throws your Anandamide concentrations out of whack.

In fact, take a look at yourself. Image A shows the amounts of Anandamide during a normal sleep cycle in 5 different people. And, image B shows the amounts of Anandamide in 5 different people who were sleep-deprived.

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SOURCE: Br J Pharmacol. Endocannabinoid Signalling:Has it Got Rhythm?

2010 Jun;160(3):530-43.


Now, on to what I love to share the most – the results I see in patients I’ve treated.

To start off with, I’ve found that I need to treat patients with mild-to-moderate insomnia much more differently than patients with severe insomnia.

Those with mild-to-moderate insomnia fare better with CBD, whereas those with severe insomnia don’t. You have the option of using High-CBD Marijuana or Hemp-Derived CBD. Between these options, I’d say the Hemp-Derived CBD Oil is preferred because it has more of what patients with Insomnia need – CBD – and less of what you don’t need – THC. CBD Oils made with Hemp by law have less than 0.3% THC, you’re also mitigating the likelihood of getting high off of the THC.

I’ve also found that patients who have difficulty falling asleep need a different approach to treatment than patients who have difficulty staying asleep.

In terms of results, I’ve found that patients who use CBD Oil for insomnia report back that they

  1. fall asleep more easily,
  2. stay asleep throughout the night,
  3. fall back asleep easily, if they end up waking up in the middle of the night,
  4. average about 7 to 8 hours of sleep,
  5. wake up well-rested rather than groggy.

When it comes to prescription medications, generally those with mild-to-moderate insomnia, are able to eliminate the use of over-the-counter sleeping aids. Some patients on prescription sleeping aids, such as Trazodone, Ambien, Benzodiazepines, etc. are able to eliminate their use completely, while other patients find that they don’t rely on them as much, and only use them when they don’t happen to have access to their CBD Oil.




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