TLDR: In this article, we look at how CBD might affect your dreams and how it isn’t always bad! We look at what you can do to stop or encourage the CBD dreams.
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Lets talk about CBD dreams
I take CBD for anxiety and sleep each evening before bed. Sometimes in my herbal tea, or sometimes straight from the pipette. In the morning I wake up, feeling well-rested… but also able to recall the strangest of dreams!
I was talking to someone who also takes CBD at night and she said, ‘Oh the dreams!’ Which is when I realised I wasn’t alone in these lucid, surreal and vivid dreams. I started asking others if they experienced this too, and guess what, they did!
What are dreams?
Dreams are often illogical, surreal and sometimes just downright weird. But what are they? Why do they happen?
Dreams are said to be hallucinations that occur during different stages of the sleep cycle. Researchers have struggled to understand the role of dreams in sleep, but there are lots of theories.
There are theories that dreams help you process thoughts and feelings. They can be a way to confront fears and aid memory by creating a sort of filing system.
Ever woke up from a dream and thought what does that mean? I went through a phase of dreaming about drowning. After having a few dreams like this I went to Google and dream dictionaries for answers.
Turns out drowning in dreams can be a sign that you are feeling overwhelmed with work or home life. With the feeling that you can’t catch your breath.
In my case this seemed to be spot on. It was time to take a break and something in my subconscious knew that.
What can influence our dreams?
I still worry about eating cheese before bed because my mum used to say I’d dream about monkeys jumping out the wardrobe. There’s no proof that cheese can cause nightmares, though eating it late could impact digestion and give you a pretty restless night.
You will be more likely to have intense dreams that you can remember if you are sleep deprived. Being pregnant can also give you some pretty crazy dreams due to the hormone changes and shifts.
If you suffer from anxiety or depression then you might notice that you suffer from negative dreams and nightmares. Taking meds to help with these conditions may also have a side effect of bad dreams.
In my experience, CBD affects my dreams, but CBD dreams are a welcome effect. I love them!
In the morning I am able to recall the most bizarre and surreal dreams. Some are nightmares, but mainly they are positive, funny, silly and albeit weird dreams.
I can always remember them too. Before I started taking CBD I had dreams, but I didn’t always remember them, and they weren’t as crazy as they are now.
If you are having a bad time with CBD dreams or have noticed an increase in nightmares, then adjust when you take the cannabinoid. I take it before bed because it fits in with my routine and aids my sleep. But, if the dreams are too much then take it 3-4 hours before bed, or in the morning.
You could also try halving the dosage if you take it before bed.
If you want your CBD dreams to stop try:
- halving the dosage
- Take it in the morning
- Lower the strength
- Try a new brand (we stock CBD here)
However, if you are loving these vivid dreams and enjoy where your unconscious mind is taking you as it files through memories and emotions then go for it!
If you want to embrace your CBD dreams try:
- Get a dream dictionary and record it
- Look out for patterns, what is your subconscious trying to tell you?
- Write down your dreams as soon as you wake up
- Take your CBD right before bedtime
- Take a higher strength CBD and see if you can make the dreams more intense so you can learn more (we stock 1000mg)
You never know what your subconscious is trying to tell you.
Why does CBD affect dreams?
There is not a lot of research on why CBD makes us dream more but people think it simply enhances dreams or causes lucid dreaming.
CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system and may alter how we feel.
There is still lots of research to be done, but we are talking to the Our Remedy community about this, so will share these results with you!
Do you have vivid dreams after taking CBD at night? We’d love to know if you experience this too and get some anecdotal evidence together!
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