Unlike THC, CBD does not directly induce sleep, especially not in healthy adults. A study conducted by the University of Colorado showed that CBD does not have sedating effects. However, CBD is able to relieve anxiety and this may help in promoting sleep.
Insomnia may be the result of different factors including fatigue, pain, stress, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, anxiety, and mental health imbalances.
As much as CBD does not induce sleep, it is able to offset some causes of insomnia and hence promote sleep. CBD is a powerful anxiety-relieving compound and can help anxious patients fall asleep. The same applies to stressed patients and those with mental health imbalances. CBD is useful in treating depression and PTSD. Once this is sorted affected patients can fall asleep with ease.
CBD also offers pain relief and pain is one of the common causes of insomnia.
Not many studies have investigated the effectiveness of CBD in treating insomnia. However, since CBD has proven usefulness in addressing some of the causes of insomnia, CBD may be useful in promoting sleep in individuals suffering from the listed conditions.
Lastly, some terpenes may also help in boosting the sleep-inducing properties of cannabis. Terpenes such as myrcene and linalool have sedative effects. A full spectrum of cannabis extract may offer more benefits to patients suffering from insomnia.