Can CBD Oil Cause Weird Dreams and Nightmares?

If you’ve been having weird dreams or nightmares since starting CBD oil, you aren’t alone. Many members of our Facebook group have told us that they’ve experienced this as well. While there isn’t yet any scientific research that proves CBD is the cause, there is a large amount of anecdotal evidence that it’s a common occurrence.

For many, bad dreams when starting a daily regimen of CBD is a temporary side effect that only lasts for a couple of weeks. Others find that they need to switch products, lower the amount they are taking, or change the time that they’re taking it.

The purpose of this article is to discuss why CBD may cause vivid dreams and what others have done to get bad dreams to stop happening. As with most things when it comes to CBD, it affects everyone differently and you may have to do some experimenting to find what solves the issue for you.

Why CBD May Cause Vivid Dreams

CBD promotes homeostasis, or an overall sense of balance and stability, within the body. With regard to sleep specifically, studies have shown that CBD can help restore your natural sleep cycle. This includes the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep where dreams start to occur.

Sleep Stages Affecting Dreams When Taking CBD Oil

So an onset of vivid dreams may be because you are experiencing more REM sleep or a deeper state of the REM stage than you were previously. You may also be going through a “catch-up” phase if you were having sleep issues before starting the CBD oil.

Another reason that you may notice changes in your dream activity is because of product ingredients other than CBD. For example, many CBD products that are specifically formulated to promote sleep contain melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone that regulates the body’s sleep-wake cycles. When taken as a  supplement, it has also been shown to induce weird and vivid dreams in some people.

What You Can Do To Stop Bad Dreams from CBD

Most users who say that their sleep has improved since starting CBD are welcoming to their increased dream activity. But some people have reported terrifying bad dreams or nightmares which can have the opposite effect.

If you started having bad dreams or nightmares that you think may be caused by CBD, we recommend that you try to give it a couple of weeks. As mentioned above, they stop for most people as their bodies adjust to it. If they persist, here are 3 things that you can try to stop them from happening based on the experiences that users have shared with us.

1. Change the time that you are taking your CBD. There is no best time to take CBD for everyone but most people take it at least twice a day. If you’re experiencing unwanted sleep effects, you can try taking your last dose either earlier or later than you have been.

2. Lower the amount that you are taking. Less can often be more when it comes to CBD dosing. Taking too much can result in unwanted side effects and taking less can eliminate those.

3. Switch product type or brands. Every CBD product has a unique combination of cannabinoids and terpenes. These are the naturally-occurring cannabis compounds that determine the specific effects on you. If you’re having bad dreams from a full spectrum product, you may want to try a broad spectrum or isolate product. Or vice versa since some studies show that THC can reduce REM sleep.

Brian Peterson

Brian Peterson has been a CBD consumer advocate and educator since 2015. He is the founder and managing editor of the CBDOilUsers.com website. He's also the lead administrator of the CBD Oil Users Group, the largest CBD group on Facebook. His passion is educating consumers so that they can make their own decisions when purchasing and using CBD products.

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