S.B. asks succinctly, “Are CBD-rich strains good for insomnia?”
That’s a question Project CBD hopes to answer via the Society of Cannabis Clinician survey(s). European researchers tell us that CBD is “alerting, except at very high doses.” But our early anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that it helps people sleep. Two possibilities to explain the input from patients (some of whom give CBD-rich Cannabis rave reviews for treating insomnia): 1) The European researchers have it wrong. 2) CBD doesn’t have much of an impact on sleep, and other components of the plant are determining whether it will be sedating or alerting when ingested. A terpenoid, myrcene, is reportedly sedating. Maybe myrcene levels are “where it’s at” for inducing drowsiness.
Please let us know what you find out in your own experimentation with CBD-rich strains.
F.G. adds: I’m prone to insomnia, too. No trouble falling asleep, but can’t go back to sleep if I wake up. I immediately start worrying about paying the mortgage, the loved one who might need help, how many miles since the timing belt was replaced, etc. My strategy is: reading a book. (I got a gooseneck lamp that takes a 40 watt incandescent bulb. The light is much more soothing than any LED, adequate to read by, and dim enough so it doesn’t disturb my wife.)