Marijuana and CBD for Sleep? Huberman’s Insights

In this post, we uncover the nuanced ways THC and CBD might affect our rest, the potential risks of dependency, and the challenges of inconsistent product quality.


The research is intriguing. Marijuana, with its two main components—THC and CBD—affects our sleep differently. 

THC quickens sleep onset but may compromise sleep quality and suppress dream recall. When you stop using it, dreams often come back stronger as the brain makes up for lost REM sleep. 

But beware, dependency on THC for sleep could lead to troubles like rebound insomnia and even addiction.

Meanwhile, CBD’s impact is less clear and varies with the dosage. It might help sleep at higher doses but can actually keep you awake if taken in small amounts. Because there’s inconsistency in products, it’s hard to pin down exactly how CBD affects sleep.

CBD might influence sleep through three ways. It could cool down body temperature, calming you into sleep. It might also reduce anxiety by soothing the brain’s amygdala. Or, it could increase sleep pressure through its effect on adenosine signaling.

Huberman shares his own story, too. He gave CBD to his dog for sleep issues, but it made the dog more alert. 

Again, this underscores the challenges of dosing and product quality.

In summary, Huberman’s podcast ends on a note of caution. Substances like caffeine, alcohol, THC, and CBD can disrupt sleep if not used wisely. 

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