Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, gave Yasmin Tayag terrible nightmares. Or maybe it didn’t.
When the hellish nightmares started, the CBD was the only thing she could think to blame — but her subsequent investigation revealed that, despite its growing ubiquity, no one seems to really know what CBD does.
CBD is all over the place — and so is the research on it.
The logic behind Tayag’s suspicion that the CBD oil caused her nightmares is sound — after all, the dreams started when she started using the oil, and stopped when she stopped.
She even found others online who shared her experience. But then she also found people who said the compound prevented them from having dreams, and others who claimed it gave them vivid dreams that weren’t scary.
The cannabis compound that doesn’t get you high is seemingly everywhere right now, so when Tayag received some CBD oil as a gift, she didn’t see the harm in smearing it on her forehead before bed, according to a story she penned for Inverse.
There has been a lot of talk lately about the health benefits of using CBD, which is derived from marijuana. However, CBD oil is often confused with THC, the part of marijuana that gets you “high.” However, CBD is actually just a component of marijuana that does not have any high in itself, but still gives health benefits such as lower levels of anxiety and a better night’s sleep.
While CBD oil may give you sleep benefits, that does not mean it will have any effect on your dreams. While it is possible that you may have more vivid or memorable dreams by getting a better night’s sleep through the use of CBD, the CBD itself will not induce any wild night time flights in itself. If anything, by using CBD and going into a deeper sleep, you will enter into the REM, or rapid eye movement, stage of sleep. This stage is where dreaming and the remembering of dreams takes place. Anything aside from this will not happen because CBD oil does not possess THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is what recreational users of marijuana use to get high. CBD will simply put your body at bit more at ease.
CBD might or might not weird your dreams out, but it’ll definitely give you better deep sleep #HealthStatus