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December 17, 2020

Using Hemp for Sleep Can Naturally Calm Your Mind Without Side Effects

A 2019 Consumer Reports survey stated nearly 80% of Americans have trouble sleeping at least once a week. All that tossing and turning has some people wondering: does hemp help you sleep? Store shelves are filled with different sleep supplements such as melatonin, magnesium, and lavender essential oil—alongside hemp. So, can using hemp before bed really make a difference?

What Does Hemp Do for Sleep?

The human body has an endocannabinoid system which helps regulate inflammation, well-being, metabolism, and more. When the system is unbalanced, a hemp supplement can encourage homeostasis during periods of pain, restlessness, or stress. This happens because the molecules in a hemp tincture can attach directly to the endocannabinoid receptors.

The CB1 receptors to which hemp clings are concentrated in the central nervous system where the effects of anxiety and stress can cause sleep disorders like sleep apnea.

Research shows that using hemp for sleep can affect other molecules in the body to help promote more restful nights.

–   Hemp can decrease levels of cortisol (a stress hormone).

–   Hemp activates the production of serotonin (an anxiety-relieving molecule).

The main difference between a hemp dosage and sleeping pill is that hemp promotes a sense of calm rather than acting as a complete sedative.

Hemp Insomnia Studies

Between stress and pain, there are many reasons why it can be difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep every night. A hemp sleep aid might not directly help with better sleep, but it may help reduce stress, pain, anxiety, and irregular hormones that can be the root cause of insomnia.

Multiple studies have shown how hemp can help calm and relax the mind:

–   A 2002 study using supplement hemp on animals prompted respiratory restoration caused by irregular sleep disorder breathing.

–   A 2007 study on humans showed many of the patients enduring chronic pain slept better with the use of hemp.

–   A 2014 study on hemp sleep aids showed a reduction in symptoms in patients suffering from REM sleep behavior disorder – without any side effects of hemp.

–   A 2019 study of 72 patients using hemp for sleep ended with 79% of the patients having less anxiety and 66% of the patients reporting better sleep after a month of hemp use.

Even though these studies focus on using hemp for sleep, our hemp can still be used throughout the day to treat other issues. Many of our users use hemp for pain, PTSD, or workout recovery.

Full-Spectrum Hemp for Sleep

The best hemp extract for anxiety and sleep is a full-spectrum hemp. Full-spectrum hemp doses have small traces of THC (less than .3%) to help trigger the “entourage effect” to occur in the endocannabinoid system. This process can help enhance homeostasis and better balance stress and pain within the body.

THC and hemp are both found to be sleep promoters in studies, which is why Second Century Ag full-spectrum hemp is the most ideal formula for encouraging a good night’s rest compared to just a hemp isolate.

In addition to a wide range of cannabinoids, full-spectrum hemp includes beneficial terpenes found naturally in hemp. The calming effects of a hemp sleep aid are enhanced thanks to the following terpenes:

–   Myrcene, one of the most prevalent terpenes in hemp flower, is a natural muscle sedative. The compound is abundant in hops, which is a popular plant in traditional sleep remedies (have you heard the tales of putting hops under your pillow before bed?).

–   Linalool has been used as a sleep aid for centuries. Its lavender undertones counteract feelings of anxiety caused by low traces of THC in full-spectrum hemp.

The main takeaway is that when using hemp for sleep, while cannabinoids might not directly induce sleep, they can encourage a sense of calm, resulting in less pain, stress, and anxiety, and reduce certain factors that cause sleep apnea.

A dose of Second Century hemp before bed can help you get the beauty sleep you deserve without feeling groggy the next day or experiencing harmful side effects from sleep pills.


Hemp: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Hemp by Juliana Birnbaum and Leonard Leinow

ASA – Hemp: For Sleep and Insomnia

MedicalNewsToday – What to know about Hemp and sleep

KSAT 12 – Will you sleep better with Hemp?

Healthline – Hemp for Insomnia: Benefits, Side Effects, and Treatment


  1. Nicolas Cotto

    I would like to try Hemp To Help Me Fall Asleep and stay asleep. Please send me information about acquiring
    Hemp for sleep.

    • tailfin

      Hello Nicolas,
      You can purchase our CBD oil for sleep here!
      For help winding down before bed we recommend taking 1 full dropper (1ml) at bedtime (Regular: 30mg/1ml, Extra Strength: 50mg/1ml).


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