Will CBD Make You Tired?

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Does CBD to make you tired?

The answer is yes. However, the way in which CBD does this does not seem to be through either its interaction with CB1 or CB2 receptors.

Instead, CBD seems to work by affecting the reuptake of adenosine . By inhibiting the reuptake of adenosine, CBD increases the level of adenosine in a brain cell. Adenosine is a "feel good" molecule that attaches to receptors on neurons and slows down the rate at which they fire. If you have a lot of neurons firing slowly, you'll feel tired. If you have more adenosine floating around, you'll feel even sleepier. This is also how caffeine works (another adenosine inhibitor).

CBD has been shown to increase alertness in research studies . So yes, CBD can make you tired. However, it does not appear that this effect is mediated through either CB receptor. And while the research seems to indicate that this is not a problem for CBD users, the long term effects of adenosine receptor inhibition in children and adolescents has not been studied.

Know How CBD Effects You 

For some people, CBD causes drowsiness and a loss of alertness. If that is the case for you, it might be a good idea to take CBD before going to sleep.

CBD may also have an effect where one becomes sedated. This sedation may cause problems with memory and learning as well as making certain tasks more difficult.

On the other hand, CBD may keep one awake and alert. For some people, this can make it difficult to go to sleep at night. This is a good reason for making sure that you know how CBD will affect you before using it in any situation where staying alert will be helpful.

In addition to these two opposing results CBD may cause in some people, it is important to remember that CBD is different for everyone. What might be sedating for one person might not be sedating at all another. It's is even difficult to say what effect CBD will have on an individual since so many factors are involved including the cannabinoid profile of the plant, body chemistry and personal history.

If you are taking any medications, especially ones designed to make you drowsy, it is a good idea to avoid CBD altogether. There is a possibility that the sedating effect of these medications and CBD combined could be dangerous. Consult your doctor before taking any new medication in combination with CBD and always inform your doctor about what drugs or supplements you are thinking of taking.

How Do I Know If CBD Will Make Me Tired?

It is always a good idea to start with small doses when trying out any new medication and CBD is no exception. If you have never tried CBD before, it might be a good idea to try some at home before taking it in public or while doing anything important. This way you can see how CBD affects you personally and what you can do to reduce or increase its effects.

Just remember that CBD will not get you "high" in the same way THC does - it is non-psychoactive and does not cause any mind altering effects unless it is taken in extraordinarily large doses.


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