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Does CBD Have Negative Side Effects On Sleep?

Modified Date: September 6, 2021

Overall, CBD is very safe to take for sleep, especially compared to other OTC sleep aids and narcotics.

Research indicates that while non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as CBD don’t negatively affect healthy sleep patterns, they might help to improve imbalance sleep patterns by promoting rest, relaxation, and sleep.

One rare side effect of CBD for sleep to be aware of is that it increases GABA levels in the body during sleep. GABA is a neurotransmitter used by the body to partially paralyze the body while you sleep to protect you from acting out your dreams in real life.

However, if you wake up with too much GABA in your system it can feel like you can’t move or breathe, which is commonly called a “night terror”.

It is self-regulated and non-serious, however, for those with trauma, PTSD, and anxiety it can be something that you want to avoid.

Avoid this negative side effect by only taking small doses of CBD at night if you are particularly sensitive to cannabinoids or prone to having night terrors.


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