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When you talk about dreaming, you need to understand what happens to our brains when we fall asleep.

Adding to the confusion, there’s mixed anecdotal evidence about the effects of CBD on dreams. Many people claim that CBD gives them more vivid dreams; others insist that it lets them have lucid dreams; while some say that it gives them nightmares. This explains why many people wonder how CBD will affect their dreams.

Background on Sleep Stages

We’ll reiterate again that there’s still no evidence linking the use of CBD to nightmares, bad dreams, or erratic dreaming episodes. In fact, studies point to the contrary – CBD may help in achieving quality, healthy sleep.

Before we get into the details about CBD’s effect on dreams, it’s important to address the confusion surrounding CBD as a non-psychoactive cannabis compound. In medicine, the term “psychoactive” is very broad in its scope. It usually refers to substances that alter the normal function of your brain.

In a number of studies, THC was observed to reduce the amount of time a person spends in REM sleep, essentially by increasing the duration of deep sleep. As such, cannabis may help sleep-deprivation by increasing slow-wave sleep. Nonetheless, since THC and CBD encourage more time in slow-wave sleep, the user will subsequently spend less time in REM sleep, which means less time for dreaming. So, in the case of bad dreams and nightmares, the little time spent in REM sleep can actually be seen as a benefit.

The confusion lies in the fact that CBD does not produce a high. Many resources (including some that are quite reputable) refer to CBD as a non-psychoactive compound since it does not produce the psychedelic effects of a high. The proper verbiage to use, however, is non-intoxicating.

In this article, we discuss whether or not the CBD oil (or any other CBD product) you’re taking may be resulting in weird dreams while you’re asleep.

CBD & Nightmares/Bad Dreams: Is There Any Evidence?

Normal sleep is broken up into REM sleep and three distinct stages of non-REM sleep. The first stage of non-REM sleep (Stage 1) typically lasts just several minutes and occurs when an individual begins to shift from wakefulness to actual sleep. Brain waves begin to slow here, the heart rate lowers, and muscles start to relax.

From a medical perspective, the word ‘psychoactive’ is quite broad in its scope; it essentially refers to any substance (prescription drugs or otherwise) that alters the function of the brain.

If you have taken CBD and experienced bad dreams, it could prove beneficial to try and take CBD earlier in the day rather than right before going to bed.