Can CBD oil keep you awake throughout the night?

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There is a lot to say about whether or not you should be using CBD for insomnia or avoiding it.
Research on the subject is really only just beginning. However, some early evidence suggests that supplemental CBD can have a significant effect on the sleep-wake cycle.
Already, studies of cannabinoid-like drugs have shown that targeting the endocannabinoid system may have significance for sleep health. Now, here are five different ways CBD may affect sleep:
If you’re hoping to catch up on some missed sleep, higher doses of CBD may be more useful. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology tested the effects of varying doses of CBD and a placebo in rats.
The cannabinoid was injected in doses of 2.5, 10, 40 milligrams per kilogram. Though, humans and rodents metabolize CBD much differently. Humans may not be affected in the same way by these dosages.
Rodents treated with 10 or 40 milligrams had an increased sleep time. Those treated with 40 milligrams substantially increased the amount of time it took to get into rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. REM sleep is the dreaming period that occurs before waking. Researchers speculate that emotionally impactful memories are processed during this sleep phase.
At the 10-milligram mark, however, rodents reduced the amount of time to REM. REM sleep is a lighter stage of sleep than non-REM sleep. Prior to REM sleep is a deep and restorative stage in the sleep cycle.
Mice treated with 40 milligrams also saw an increase in this slow-wave, restorative sleep, but the results were not statistically significant. In this instance, the higher doses of CBD seem to be more sedative than the lower dose.
Cannabis is such a valuable therapeutic tool because of the way in which it affects the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a large neurotransmitter network in humans and animals. This network is made up of endocannabinoid molecules, which can loosely be thought of as the animal versions of psychoactive THC and other cannabinoids.
The ECS also contains cell receptors called cannabinoid receptors, as well as enzyme proteins that degrade endocannabinoid molecules. Together, these components help manage communications between the brain and the body.
Cannabinoid receptors are present throughout the nervous system, organs, and immune system. They are particularly concentrated in the brain and spinal cord. Since the ECS is so widespread, it affects a wide variety of daily functions, including sleep, appetite, learning, memory, and much more.
CBD and other cannabis compounds engage this system, which is why CBD can influence your sleeping patterns.