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How you can use CBD to improve your sleep

Rachael Rapinoe

June 07, 2022 15 min read

CBD for Sleep CBD Oil Science

How you can use CBD to improve your sleep

Sleep disturbances are one of the top epidemics across the globe. Do you know the number one solution for anti-aging remedies is better sleep? A good night’s sleep is essential to your overall health and wellbeing. Experts recommend adults should get between 7-10 hours of sleep every night.

We all know the dreaded experience of getting into bed, resting your head on the pillow and not being able to turn your brain off. It doesn’t matter what remedies you try– chamomile tea before bed, black out shades, white noise or prescribed or OTC sleep aids– nothing seems to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Sometimes we end up finding a sleep aid that knocks us out at night, but the unforgiving grogginess in the morning just isn’t worth it. The reality is, we need energy to tackle the days ahead. Sleep deprivation is unsustainable. Proper sleep contributes to better gut health, memory and cognitive function, repair and growth of muscles, tissues, tendons and joints and prevents many sicknesses.

Since CBD for sleep has become increasingly popular, the goal of this article is to empower you with more information about the science of CBD, how to use CBD oil and other products for better sleep, the benefits of CBD oil for tackling restless nights, insomnia and other discomforts, and how often and how much CBD oil to use. We are providing an in-depth review of the science of what makes Mendi's CBD products the best for more restful night sleep, without the grogginess in the morning, as well as diving into CBD use for symptoms of insomnia. Our goal is to provide you with the basic understanding of the variety of ways to use hemp oil for sleep, empowering you with the right tools to decide which Mendi CBD oil sleep products will have the most effective results given your personalized needs and routine.

Use these topics to get started or scroll to read more.

  1. What are Cannabinoids (CBD vs THC) - hemp and marijuana
  2. Is CBD FDA-approved
  3. What is CBD oil
  4. How CBD works
  5. CBD oil for sleep
  6. How to choose the right CBD products for better sleep
  7. How much CBD to use for sleep
  8. The difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate hemp CBD oils
  9. Establish a routine with Mendi for the best results
  10. CBD side effects

What are Cannabinoids

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid found in cannabis-derived plants. Our bodies naturally make endocannabinoids, but oftentimes we need to supplement with phytocannabinoids– plant compounds found in hemp and marijuana plants. CBD has anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties, but studies also show it can have a positive effect to help with sleep and other mental and physical discomforts.

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another compound in cannabis, CBD is non intoxicating and non-psychoactive. This means it won’t get you “high.” As you’ve probably seen, CBD oil can be featured in many different types of products, including CBD massage oil, salve, lotions, bath salts, gummies, capsules, oil tinctures and beverages.

People who are looking for natural alternatives for sleep aids who suffer from symptoms of sleep deprivation or insomnia, use topical and ingestible products, specifically with CBD oil or hemp oil infused into the rest of the ingredients, to manage their symptoms and increase their overall quality of life. Identifying the best CBD products to use for sleep is a process because not all CBD oil products are formulated to help with sleep.

There is a lot of promising research to support the positive effects CBD products have, specifically CBD for sleep.

CBD oil is most known to support better sleep, stress relief, pain relief and reduce inflammation. However, it is also known to help with discomforts from a variety of other physical and mental health symptoms without as many potential side effects. These discomforts have included:

Is CBD FDA-approved

Only a few hemp-derived or cannabis-related drug products are FDA-approved in the U.S., which is why CBD for sleep products can be so confusing and inconsistent. Not every CBD oil meets the same standards for purity and quality because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t currently regulate CBD products the same way it regulates dietary supplements and drugs. The below drugs are the only CBD products approved by the FDA:

  • Epidiolex - an oral CBD solution used to treat seizures and rare forms of epilepsy
  • Marinol and Syndros - two drugs containing synthetic forms of THC used to affect the part of the brain that controls appetite, nausea and vomiting. This drug has several therapeutic uses, including the treatment of nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patience and certain weight loss treatment plans.
  • Cesamet - this drug contains a synthetic chemical compound similar to THC, used orally to help with nausea and vomiting symptoms for patients receiving chemotherapy treatment.

While the FDA has not approved products containing CBD for sleep, Mendi’s CBD products are blended with all-natural advanced ingredients to promote better sleep, and meet the most advanced third-party testing specifications in the industry with purity tests of potency, heavy metals, pesticides, microbials and solvents to ensure safety and efficacy.

When you’re comparing purity, efficacy and all of the other hemp oil products in the market, finding the right CBD oil for sleep can be confusing. We’re excited to introduce you to our favorite CBD sleep products to promote more restful nights on a daily or weekly basis, along with a dosage guide for measuring mg of CBD per serving size in addition to all our No THC and Full Spectrum Cannabidiol hemp products.

Below are a few tips to help you get started understanding CBD for sleep and using our CBD products to experience the powerful relief of hemp oil and the other all-natural ingredients we blend into our products for maximum sleep results. We want you to get the most out of your CBD use.

What is CBD oil

Hemp and marijuana are two different varieties of the cannabis plant. Some people refer to hemp as the sister plant to marijuana. They both contain the same plant compounds, or phytocannabinoids, however at different levels. The most important distinction between both full spectrum and No THC CBD oil that is extracted from hemp in our products, is that they both are derived from hemp plants that have <.3% THC based on dry weight. Our full spectrum products technically have traces of THC, which is why we recommend for those concerned about the possibility of failing any stringed testing protocols with their employer, that they choose our No THC line for ingestibles.

How the plant is bred affects the level of CBD found in the plant. Most CBD oil comes from industrial hemp, which is usually bred to have higher CBD content than marijuana. Hemp is also federally legal, whereas marijuana is regulated state by state. THC levels in hemp naturally begin to increase over harvesting seasons making that <.3% THC level per dry weight the benchmark for testing and delineating from marijuana or the recreational cannabis plant. When hemp crosses this threshold it is no longer considered hemp and can be referred to as ‘hot hemp’.

This is why 3rd party testing is so important, so that CBD for sleep products derived from hemp are able to be sold online and at retail stores nationwide. Otherwise, any products exceeding the 0.3% THC threshold would need to be sold in a recreational market dispensary where other cannabis oil products for sleep are sold.

Manufacturers of CBD oil use different methods to extract the compound. The extract is then added to a carrier oil, which is known as CBD oil. CBD oil comes in many different strengths and people use it in many different ways.

How CBD works

CBD and all other phytocannabinoids– plant cannabinoids in the hemp and marijuana plants– produce effects that positively support a natural, sell-signaling system in the human body known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS helps to keep the body in balance or in homeostasis. CBD and other cannabinoids help to regulate functions like reducing stress and anxiety, pain relief, reduce inflammation and promote better sleep. Research shows that CBD links with this system by interacting with many tiny cells throughout the body known as CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.

CBD supports your existing ECS by interacting with the enzyme (FAAH) that breaks down anandamide. Anandamide is a natural endocannabinoid found in the body that helps with pain relief and anxiety relief. Endocannabinoids (naturally occurring) and phytocannabinoids (plant compounds) are two different types of cannabinoids that both integrate into our ECS to keep it working properly. Research shows that CBD has a calming effect on the nervous system, resulting in increased and balanced mood, serotonin levels and less pain. All of these areas will result in a more balanced physical and mental state, thus resulting in a better night’s sleep. Helping you fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling refreshed.

Unlike THC, CBD oil for sleep does not induce a feeling of mental intoxication or “high”. Even large doses of CBD for sleep do not produce THC-like effects. Additionally, there are a few studies indicating that CBD taken in large amounts can actually reduce the psychoactive effects of THC.

CBD for sleep

Although the research on CBD for sleep is still preliminary, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence to support CBD use for sleep as a powerful and effective all-natural approach that helps the body transition from rapid eye movement (REM) sleep to non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep more quickly. Some people who use CBD for chronic pain report significant improvements in sleep. The science supporting CBD oil to treat stress and anxiety relief, pain relief and reducing full body inflammation lead many scientists to believe this is why people are also experiencing better sleep. Research also suggests that even low doses of CBD for sleep can still be effective. More isn’t always merrier with CBD use. We do know that CBD is non-harmful or addictive, but higher doses of CBD are sedating. That is why it’s important to go low and slow, building a personalized CBD for sleep routine that works for you.

  • CBD for Anxiety - While anxiety is not a specific sleep disorder, it can certainly contribute to poor sleep. CBD calms the nervous system by activating the vagus nerve and positively affecting the serotonin levels found in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter found in our brain that plays a critical role in mental health. Low serotonin levels are commonly associated with depression or mood imbalances. Not having enough serotonin can also cause anxiety related symptoms.
  • CBD for insomnia - people who suffer some insomnia experience difficulties falling alseep and staying asleep at night. Insomnia has a profound effect on daytime energy and wakefulness making it very difficult to concentrate and maintain a healthy mood balance. People with insomnia also may suffer from anxiety and depression symptoms. Given the positive outcomes associated with CBD for anxiety relief, there is evidence showing CBD for sleep can help with insomnia as well.
  • CBD for REM Sleep Behavior Disorder - REM behavior disorder is when people verbalize and make aggressive movements during their rapid eye movement (REM) sleep cycle. This disorder is more commonly seen in older patients with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. In a limited study of four patients with Parkinson’s disease, CBD helped manage symptoms of the REM sleep behavior disorder.
  • CBD for Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Disorder - people with this specific disorder struggle to stay awake during typical daytime hours. CBD for sleep may be a helpful solution for waking up on time and staying awake during the day. There is research done on animals indicating CBD can function as a wake-inducing drug. Further research is necessary in order to conclude whether CBD use can positively affect patients with excessive daytime sleepiness disorder.
  • CBD for pain management- there are numerous studies supporting the evidence that CBD for pain is highly effective. CBD oil has a lot of potential to treat chronic pain, neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia in some cancer-related conditions.

How to use CBD

There isn’t an official dose that works for everyone because the FDA does not regulate CBD for most conditions. As a result, dosages are very open to interpretation and many customers are left to their own devices to determine the CBD dosage, frequency and application to treat sleep disturbances. Always read the label and check the website for instructions, and consult with your doctor if you are looking to start a CBD for sleep routine.

The effects of CBD oil for sleep with ingestibles such as gummies, gel capsules, oil tinctures and CBD infused beverages can be very helpful for people to promote better sleep or treat other discomforts such as pain, anxiety, depression and other neurological disorders. Start with a low dose and build a CBD routine that works for your specific needs. Generally speaking, start with a base line dosage of 15-25mg of CBD for sleep and work your way up.

CBD ingestibles do get into the bloodstream, so the effects are felt from head to toe due to the many CB1 and CB2 receptors the phytocannabinoids are interacting with throughout the human body.

CBD oils or CBD tinctures are the most effective way to use hemp products because they get into the bloodstream most effectively through the sublingual glands under your tongue. Generally, one dropper of CBD oil is 1mL. Start with a small dose, you can always take more if you need. CBD oil tinctures are very concentrated and you can dose specifically to suit your needs. The effects can be felt almost immediately, within 15-20 minutes, lasting up to 4-6 hours. CBD oil tinctures are the most versatile and effective way to use CBD for immediate stress relief, usually felt within 15-30 minutes when taken sublingually or dropped under your tongue and can last approximately 2-4 hours. 


5 reasons to try CBD oil Tinctures


CBD gummies are ingested orally as well, entering the bloodstream and providing full body pain relief, stress and anxiety relief, reduce full body inflammation and can promote better sleep. CBD gummies are a scientifically proven delivery method. CBD gummies can be felt within 30-45 minutes and can last up to 4-6 hours.

CBD capsules are also ingested orally, entering the bloodstream and providing full body pain relief, stress and anxiety relief, reduce inflammation and can help to promote better sleep. CBD for sleep capsules are a great option if you don’t want to taste the hemp plant. CBD capsules can be felt within 30-45 minutes and can last up to 4-6 hours. It is always recommended to go low and slow with CBD ingestibles, building up your dosage as needed. 

Topicals such as CBD salve, CBD massage oil and CBD bath salts are a great way to to experience the powerful healing effects of CBD for localized, targeted relief, however you won’t necessarily experience the benefits of better sleep in the same way as an ingestible since the hemp oil does not get into the bloodstream. If you want the full effects of CBD for sleep, we recommend one of Mendi’s proprietary sleep products such as oil tinctures, gummies or gel capsules. 

How to choose the right CBD products for sleep

Before using CBD for sleep, it’s important to understand that quality is going to greatly affect the degree to which you will feel the desired benefit. Mendi CBD products go through the strictest criteria to ensure safety, quality, transparency and maximum results to help you fall asleep and stay asleep safely.

You will find the below list of criteria with all Mendi CBD products:

  • There is proof of our advanced third-party testing specifications on every product page, tested for pesticides, microbrials, molds, heavy metals and CBD oil potency
  • Oregon sourced hemp, USA grown essential oils
  • Review every certificate of analysis (COA) here
  • High dosage of CBD oil to ensure the best results for stress and anxiety relief
  • Supporting all-natural ingredients to further aid the desired benefit

More studies are needed to uncover more details about our ECS, receptors and cannabinoid science, however products that undergo our testing specifications above should be safe to use to promote a better night’s sleep.

Mendi CBD products come in several different applications including:

  • Oils tinctures
  • Gummies
  • Gel capsules
  • Drinks
  • Salve
  • Bath salts
  • Massage oil

When using CBD oil products for sleep, the best results will come from the quality hemp oil that is infused with other all-natural ingredients targeted for stress and anxiety relief. Mendi’s proprietary stress blend includes all-natural ingredient stacking such as:

  • Reishi mushroom extract - a mushroom adaptogen that helps manage stress response and supports the body’s sleep cycle so that you can fall asleep sooner and stay asleep longer. A brand new 2021 study examined how reishi mushroom extract provides sleep-promoting effects. Researchers measured increased levels of sleep-promoting neurotransmitters in the hypothalamus, which regulates sleep and wake cycles. They also discovered reishi enriched gut bacteria correlating with longer sleep times. The scientists concluded that reishi promotes sleep by influencing gut-brain pathways.
  • L-Theanine - an amino acid found primarily in green and black tee and some mushrooms, and is known to help ease anxiety, stress and reduce insomnia. Most notably, L-theanine helps to foster a state of calm and attentive wakefulness, but it also has other health benefits such as increased focus, better immunity, relieve stress and blood pressure management. L-theanine is a powerful amino acid that can positively impact the mental and physical symptoms of stress, anxiety and promote better sleep by increasing brain serotonin, dopamine and GABA levels.
  • Passion Flower - a natural plant botanical that boosts GABA levels in the brain which promotes relaxation and has compounding effects when combined with valerian root.
  • Valerian Root - a plant nootropic that boosts GABA levels in the brain which promotes a calming effect for sleep. It can also be effective in helping to reduce stress, lowering blood pressure and heart rate. GABA is a chemical that our brains make naturally. GABA is what’s known as an “inhibitory neurotransmitter”—it quiets the activity of the neurons of the central nervous system, which helps lower anxiety and boost feelings of relaxation and calm. GABA is an important neurochemical for sleep. Healthy levels of GABA promote and protect sound and restful sleep, and help ensure we spend the right amount of time in slow-wave sleep and REM sleep, the two deepest and most mentally and physically restorative sleep stages.
  • Hops - a natural botanical sedative that enhances sleep by keeping body temperatures low resulting in a balanced circadian rhythm that prevents morning drowsiness. Hops has an enhanced effect when combined with valerian root. It also works to enhance GABA levels in the brain. Research also indicates that the sedative effects of hops may come from its ability to lower body temperature. Lowering body temperature helps to bring about drowsiness and is an important part of the body’s sleep process. Falling core body temperature is one important physiological step toward healthy sleep. Hops have also been shown to reinforce the body’s daily bio rhythms of rest and activity and appear to work most effectively for sleep when it is used in conjunction with valerian root.
  • Beta-caryophyllene - a powerful terpene found in hemp which has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It is known to help relieve anxiety and pain symptoms. This can have a positive effect on restlessness during sleep.
  • Medium chain triglycerides - a coconut and palm kernal oil to promote gut health and regulate metabolism.

How much CBD oil to use for sleep

The FDA doesn’t regulate dosing of non-drug CBD products, as a result the amount of CBD in products varies drastically. Research shows that 1mg of CBD per 1lb body weight can be taken safely on a daily basis. Another scientific review showed that taking up to 1,500mg of CBD daily was well-tolerated among the patients in the trial.

A natural approach to building a healthy sleep routine will yield better long term results. Mendi CBD sleep products are formulated with scientifically proven all-natural ingredients to promote quality sleep and sustained energy throughout the day and week. Research shows that CBD taken at higher doses does not appear to have serious negative or addictive effects.

CBD gummies, capsules and oil tinctures are ingested orally (CBD oil tinctures should be used sublingually by dropping the oil under your tongue), we recommend starting with a baseline dose of 15-25mg of CBD per serving size, then gradually increasing your dosage as necessary for your CBD sleep routine. CBD gummies and CBD capsules can be felt within 30-45 minutes and can last up to 4-6 hours.

CBD oils or CBD tinctures are highly concentrated oil blends that you can dose specifically to suit your sleep needs. Take a serving size (10-60mg of CBD) dropper, drop under your tongue, let it sit for 30 seconds or up to 2 minutes, then swallow. The effects can be felt almost immediately, within 15-20 minutes, lasting up to 4-6 hours. Concentrated CBD oil blends are a powerful way to help with sleep, so you can start thriving naturally.

It is always recommended to go low and slow with CBD ingestibles, building up your dosage as needed. Please consult with your doctor if you are taking other medications, prescriptions or have more in depth questions regarding the interactions of CBD with your body or symptoms you are feeling.

The difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum and Isolate hemp CBD oils

CBD is one of 100+ active compounds found in the hemp plant known as cannabinoids. CBD is one of the naturally occurring essential oils extracted from the hemp plant and it works to reduce pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety and can promote better sleep.

There are three different ways to extract CBD oil from the hemp plant during the process of making CBD products; full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolated oils.

Full spectrum hemp CBD products keep all 100+ cannabinoids intact, have less than 0.3% THC (not nearly enough to get you high) and are truly full plant power. This form of CBD oil utilizes the entourage effects of all the cannabinoids working together in harmony to feed your endocannabinoid system (ECS) for the best sleep results.

Broad spectrum hemp CBD products contain all the compounds of full spectrum, but with unnoticeable amounts of THC. Broad spectrum CBD products are marketed as no thc products and also work together in harmony for great results.

Isolated CBD or other cannabinoid products is an extraction process that isolates the desired cannabinoid. This can be really effective if you’re looking for zero traces of thc or other cannabinoids, or if you want a product with an extremely high concentration of CBD oil.

Establish a routine

To ensure you are getting the most out of your CBD for sleep, we recommend establishing a regular routine of using it. This routine will allow you to feed your endocannabinoid system on a regular basis and all of its tiny receptors so you can get the benefits of using CBD for sleep. A regular CBD oil routine will also help you understand if you’re needing to increase or decrease your dose, based on your desired sleep.

CBD for sleep - risks and side effects

Most negative effects of CBD medications and products are mild. For example, patients who use Epidiolex may experience diarrhea or other gastrointestinal issues. Some people may experience drowsiness when they take CBD for sleep.

Research shows there aren’t many harmful or negative side effects from using CBD for sleep, however some people have experienced tiredness, changes in digestion, changes in appetite or weight changes with CBD use. More severe side effects include potentially negative interactions with alcohol or certain over-the-counter or prescription medications. We recommend always consulting your doctor before using CBD for sleep, especially if you are on other medications.


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