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CBD Basics

Minor Cannabinoids

August 25th, 2022 by Brandy Palmer

Minor Cannabinoids

Minor Cannabinoids: What They Are and What to Know

Minor Cannabinoids

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When you think about hemp and marijuana plants, usually two compounds come to mind – THC and CBD. While those two major cannabinoids are the most well-known, they are far from the only compounds that are found in both hemp and marijuana. Would you like to learn more about what else is in these plants? Let’s jump in.

What Are Minor Cannabinoids?

Minor cannabinoids get their name not from their possible value to your health, but from the quantity in each plant.  They’re less abundant than THC and CBD but potentially even more important. At present, there are more than 120 compounds found in hemp and marijuana plants.  While the medicinal use of cannabis can be traced back thousands of years, this is still a new science and we are learning more about both the major and minor cannabinoids and their possibilities every day.

While this is far from a complete list, here are some cannabinoids that are considered minor that you may want to learn more about.


CBN, or cannabinol, is formed in a cannabis plant when THC is exposed to heat and light (oxidation.) This can occur naturally over time or can be sped up in a lab environment.  While CBN was initially THC, it’s important to note that CBN is not intoxicating – you won’t get high from it.

CBN has been shown to have sedative properties. Many products that are intended to assist with sleep will contain both CBN and CBD.  Studies show that CBN may also assist with pain relief when married to CBD.  You can find CBN, and many other minor cannabinoids, in all the same product forms as CBD – from oils to gummies and capsules.


CBG, or cannabigerol, is considered the “mother of all cannabinoids” because it serves as the precursor for all the other compounds. It is derived from young hemp or marijuana plants. As the plant grows, CBGA and CBG convert to other cannabinoids.  Just as CBD imitates endocannabinoids that occur naturally in our bodies, CBG will also bind and work to neutralize cells, bringing us to a level playing field.

CBG is non-intoxicating. It can make people feel energized and focused, rather than relaxed. This makes CBG popular among people searching for a cannabinoid to boost productivity.

CBDA MoleculeCBDA Molecule


CBDA is probably our favorite minor cannabinoid here at Green Wellness Life.  CBDA is an acidic precursor to CBD. It is the compound in the plant that eventually becomes CBD with heat and time.  In our experience, CBDA is the most effective compound for dealing with persistent discomfort.  Non-human studies are backing this up, finding that greater benefit is found with much lower servings of CBDA than CBD.

Raw and heated cannabinoids interact with different receptors and enzymes in the body.  Raw options like CBDA may be less active in the brain, which means they are hyperactive in the body and gut.  That may be why people often report better or more sustained inflammation relief.


CBC , or cannabichromene, also stems from CBGA. It was discovered in the 1960s and is the third most prominent cannabinoid found in cannabis, after CBD and THC.  While we know that it works in conjunction with THC and CBD to keep our system neutral, we don’t know much more than that.  Research suggests that it is a potent anti-inflammatory and could be more beneficial than CBD in mood enhancement. CBC is non-intoxicating and one of many potentially beneficial minor cannabinoids.


Many of us have never heard of THC-O.  That may be because it does not naturally occur in the plant in the ground. THC-O is the shortened name for THC-O-Acetate, also called ATHC. It can only be produced in a laboratory environment. Lab tests show that THC-O can be 300 percent stronger than regular THC.

THC-O is intoxicating. As such, it can only legally be purchased from a licensed dispensary, even in states where recreational marijuana is legal.  Use caution when purchasing this or any synthetic cannabinoid – it’s more likely a temporary trend than a natural compound with consistent benefits like CBD.


THC-V, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, is a naturally occurring minor cannabinoid. It’s most commonly found in African Sativa marijuana. The jury is still out as to how intoxicating THC-V can be.  The buzz associated with THC-V, from the small amount of research available, appears to be clear-headed and stimulating, lasting about half as long as THC intoxication.  Some research shows that it is useful as an appetite suppressant and THC-V products are certainly gaining popularity in that area with fans calling it “skinny pot.”

Delta 8 THC

Delta-8 THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is an additional psychoactive cannabinoid. The natural amount of delta-8 THC that occurs in cannabis is very low. As such, additional chemicals are often used to convert other cannabinoids, like CBD, into delta-8.  Initially, it was sold over the counter as a legal marijuana alternative that provides less euphoria than THC but still provides relaxation along with potentially lessened negative side effects.

States have quickly caught on to the intoxicating nature of delta-8.  At the time of this article, 20 states have classified delta-8 as illegal or have restrictions on how it can be sold. As with THC-O, we would recommend using caution and only purchasing from a reputable source, as delta-8 may be synthetically made.

How Do Minor Cannabinoids Work?

Minor cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) just as CBD and THC do.  They bind to receptors that have a range of effects on everything from our brains to our gut and everything in between.  The ECS exists and is active in your body even if you don’t use cannabis.  It works using compounds you create to promote homeostasis (balance) throughout your entire life.  When you take in major or minor cannabinoids, they bind to that system and get to work keeping you neutral.

The Entourage Effect

If you’ve heard the phrase ” the whole is more than the sum of its parts” then you already understand the entourage effect.  Put simply, many people find that cannabis plants work better when taken as a whole, made up of those 120+ compounds than broken apart into individual cannabinoids. That doesn’t mean that there is no value if you isolate and use CBD or CBN or even THC alone, but it does mean you may see a greater impact keeping them together.

Final Thoughts

There is still so much to learn about all of the minor cannabinoids working together in cannabis.  If you’re just getting started with cannabinoids. our CBD 101 is an excellent resource.  If you’d like to learn more, but have specific questions or prefer to chat with a human, we can do that, too. Reach out to us toll-free at 888-772-7875 or email us at support@greenwellnesslife.com. We look forward to chatting with you!

Unraveling Lab Reports – A How To Guide for CBD

June 14th, 2022 by Brandy Palmer

Unraveling Lab Reports for CBD Products

You’ll hear us say time and again that you should only purchase lab tested CBD products. In a 2017 study, The Journal of the American Medical Association found that as much as 70% of the CBD labels they tested were inaccurate. One way to protect yourself as a consumer is through lab results. But what does that mean? We’re here to help with this article on unraveling lab reports for CBD products.

What is a Lab Report?

Hemp is an industry that is sadly lacking in regulation. Manufacturers do not follow one set of standards for product packaging, labeling, or even serving sizes. Because of the lack of production standards, some hemp based products can be confusing to buy and consume. One way to make sure that you’re purchasing a safe, quality, product is to verify that there are lab reports made available to you.

Are There Differences?

Just as you’ll see differences in hemp products from manufacturer to manufacturer, you’ll see differences in lab reports. Some manufacturers make multi page documents available to you while others provide a quick summary. These will vary both by lab and by product.

Why Do I Care?

Hemp is a porous plant. If it’s planted in unhealthy soil, it will soak up those contaminants and possibly end up in your box or bottle. Additionally, you want to make sure that the active ingredients (CBD or other cannabinoids) that are in the package match the label. If they don’t, you could be taking a much different serving than you think you are. Essentially, the goal is to make sure that everything you want in your hemp product is there – and everything you don’t want (like those contaminants or even THC) are not present.

Lab Reports versus Certificates of Analysis

The phrase “lab report” or “lab test” may be used interchangeable with “certificate of analysis” (COA). In reality, though, the lab report is the full document and the COA is the shorter document that certifies those results (essentially the cliff notes version.) Often the COA is all that is made available to the public.

Why are Lab Reports Important for CBD Products?

Cannabinoid Content

There are more than 100 compounds, or cannabinoids, found in hemp plants. Those compounds make up the cannabinoid content. If you’re taking a tincture with 300mg of CBD and 0 THC on the label, the cannabinoid content is what you’re looking at to make sure that you’re getting what you paid for and also that you’re not taking more THC than you bargained for. A high THC hemp product is referred to as “hot” and they are definitely out there.

Contaminants Testing

When we’re talking about hemp, contaminants fall into the categories of pesticides, heavy metals, solvents and microbials. Pesticides used to grow the hemp, or microbials (bugs) that made it into the hemp stalks can leach into the soil and your bottle. Heavy metals from bad soil can also make it through, as can solvents if the hemp oil is not extracted safely. Each state has different allowable limits.

How Do I Read a Report?

Let’s start with definitions of all of the jargon that you’ll see on your report.

COA Vocabulary

  • Batch / Lot – A batch refers to the lot of product in your bottle or box. Products can have two batches – one would indicate the extracted hemp lot and the second would be the final oil in your box or bottle. You can find it printed on your packaging label or the bottom. You’ll want to match that number to the lab report or COA you’re looking at.

Lab Test Lot Detail Example

  • Analytes / Cannabinoids – cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis plants (marijuana or hemp) that interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS.) At the time of this writing, more than 110 have been identified. CBD and THC are the most well-known of these. Analytes are a broader category that can refer to anything being studies or measured. It’s often used on lab test documents.
  • Heavy Metals – naturally occurring metallic elements in soil that can be dangerous in high concentrations.
  • LOD/ ND – these are interchangeable. LOD means less than the “limit of detection”. ND means “non detected.” In both cases, the phrase indicates that the compound was not detected in testing.
  • LOQ – “limit of quantitation.” You’ll see this phrase regularly – it means the lowest level at which the concentration of something can be detected. So, the compound is present, but it a quantity too low to define an exact amount.
  • Microbials – yeast and mold that can be present if moisture content in hemp is not optimal. Again, these limits and the actual microbials required to be tested vary between states. Colorado only requires that only three microbial tests are run on cannabis, but California requires 15.
  • Pesticides – any substances that prevent, destroy or repel insects, rodents or fungus are pesticides. A pesticide may also be any substance used to regulate plant growth, like a drying agent. Residual pesticides can be harmful to both human skin and internal organs.
  • Residual Solvents – extraction by-products found in processed cannabis and hemp that can present varied levels of human health risks.
  • Terpenes – aromatic compounds found in many plants. They are often used in essential oils and can provide specific benefits – as an example, limonene is what gives citrus fruit its’ bright smell and color. It’s used in flavoring and essential oils.lemonade drink mix

Just for the Math of It

The first thing that you’ll see on the lab report is usually that cannabinoid profile – how much of each compound was present in the sample tested. Do keep in mind that a test is just that – a sample. Using our gummy example able, the sample size was 5 gummies. Enough that they feel it to be a good representative of the whole. Any good lab will require at least double the amount that they need to test in case they see inconsistencies and want to re-test.

Some labs will quote in milligrams and others will quote in percentages. In this example, this is a 50mg strength soft gel capsule. The results column tells you that the test results came to 60.18 mg and how those broke down. There were 52.62mg of CBD and trace amounts of CBN, CBG, CBDV, CBC and THCV.

Cannabinoid Profile Example

This COA quotes in terms of percentages as well as ml, and it gives a quick chart on the other items tested, such as those pesticides and heavy metals. This is a lab test for a lotion, so they cannot provides results per serving. That’s where our math comes in. The CBD potency will reflect mg/g – concentration of cannabinoids per gram of product. You may also see mg/ml if measuring a liquid in milliliters. One gram and one milliliter are equal. They’re quoting 543.2 milligrams of cannabinoids in 30 ml (1 ounce.) We multiply that by 2 because this is a two ounce jar for a total of 1086.4 cannabinoids in this lot. The label states 1000mg.Lab Test Key


Here’s another lab example that does the math for you and tells you the stated label quantity.

If the product label states 0 THC, that’s something to check as well. While it’s not likely to fail a drug test from taking a full spectrum CBD product, it can happen. If your career is at risk or you want to avoid THC for other reasons, make sure to check the COA.

Lab Test Summary 0 THC

Solvents, Pesticides and Microbials – Oh My

When looking at Lab Report for these dirty possibilities, it’s a simpler task. This is where we want to see those LOQ, LOD and ND notations to tell us that they are not present. Lab reports will often tell you what that quantitative limit is, as well.

Where Do I Go From Here?

Here at Green Wellness, we are all about consumer education. You can always find lab results for the more than 20 different CBD and hemp brands that we carry here. Consider this to be another tool in your toolbox to assist you in finding a hemp product that can help you achieve the wellness that you’re looking for.

We are always happy to talk hemp! We try to publish relevant information on a regular basis – here’s a link to all of our recent articles. If you’d rather chat with a real live human to further your hemp education, we can do that, too! You can find us at 616-275-1039 locally or 888-772-7875 toll free and by email at support@greenwellnesslife.com

Hemp and its Antibacterial Properties

May 13th, 2022 by Quinton Charles

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By Quinton Charles, Op-ed blogger

Bacteria and Hemp?

There are a myriad of benefits that are being discussed when talking about the use of hemp and CBD. I am sure you have heard people giving testimonials about CBD assisting with their pain management or anxiety-reduction, but did you know that hemp also has some antibacterial properties? That’s right! In multiple studies, hemp was found to reduce the overall count of Staphylococcus aureus (Staph infection) bacterial cells. CBD is also being studied for its potential to assist in boosting one’s immune system and regulating T cells and white blood cells. Let’s dive in and learn more about this!


Cannabis has been known  throughout time to have antibacterial properties and was studied in the 1950’s as a treatment for tuberculosis and other diseases. But research into using cannabis as an antibiotic has been limited by poor knowledge of the plant’s active ingredients and by the controversy surrounding its THC-laden cousin’s use as a recreational drug.

When researchers applied extracts from five major cannabinoids to bacterial cultures of six strains of MRSA, they discovered that the cannabinoids were as effective at killing the bugs as vancomycin and other antibiotics.

“The cannabinoids even showed exceptional activity against the MRSA strain that makes extra amounts of the proteins that give the bugs resistance against many antibiotics,” said one researcher. These proteins, he explains, allow the bacteria to “hoover up unwanted things from inside the cell and spit them out again[1].”

Conveniently, of the five cannabinoids tested by the researchers, the two most effective ones also happen to be non-psychoactive, meaning that they cannot cause a high.

While the researchers were unsure exactly how the hemp targeted the bacteria, they were shocked at the antimicrobial effects that the plant had. Currently, they believe that hemp evolved powerful, antimicrobial defenses to fend off bacterial infections in the plant and that these defenses could be used to help humans.

Fabrics, too?

It isn’t just Staph that saw significant decreases when hemp was applied; other bacteria on hemp fabric seemed to disappear, too! Bacteria, such as pneumonia, saw significant decreases in microbe count after a short period of time. Can it get any better? It can. The specific fabric used for these tests was not 100% hemp; rather, it was 60% hemp, 40% rayon. This means that hemp clothing (and these great benefits) could be accessible to a wider pool of customers when using mixtures and blends of fabric.

This is exciting when looking to the future and the possibility of finding other uses for hemp like hospital sheets, masks, and other medical textiles are some potential uses for this game-changing material[2].

What about the inside?

While there is growing documentation of hemp combating bacteria as a fabric, what about other uses for hemp and CBD? This is where CBD assisting in the regulation of cells and aiding in the balancing of the body can come into play.

Conceptual cells

The body’s Endocannabinoid system may play a pivotal role in our body by helping with regulating immunity and maintaining cell health. In animal studies investigating autoimmune health, CBD oil from hemp has been shown to balance the immune system by reducing the activity of T cells, B cells, and both T helper and T cytotoxic lymphocyte subsets. However, outside of an autoimmune arena, CBD may also support the activity of natural killer (NK) cells, a type of white blood cell[3].

So what does all of that jargon mean? T cells and B cells are cells that respond to viruses, and NK cells are responsible for killing off viral cells. CBD may aid the body’s ability to combat illness by assisting in the regulation of the T and B cells, while it may also assist the bodies ability to increases the count of cells responsible for killing viral cells.

Antibiotic Hemp

While antibiotics are invaluable in fighting disease in the modern world, many antibiotics have seen reduced efficacy, resulting from antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. What does this have to do with hemp?

As bacteria strains become more resistant to antibiotics, doctors and researchers are looking into what are called helper compounds (also known as antibiotic potentiators or resistant breakers). These “helper compounds” are non-antibiotic compounds that act as adjuvants for antibiotics, operating synergistically through mechanisms including efflux pump inhibition, enzyme inhibition, or changing membrane permeability, which can contribute to improving antibiotic efficacy[4]. Okay, that’s a lot to take in. What this means is that the compounds can work alongside and enable antibiotics to kill bacteria by stopping the growth of new bacteria cells. They do this by assisting antibiotics to enter dangerous bacterial cells, and by making it easier for antibiotics to do what they were intended to do.

Hemp is currently being researched in the capacity of a helper compound, owing to its known antibacterial properties and its role in regulating healthy cells. If the research proves productive, and hemp is found to have the desired effects as a helper compound, then it is likely that hemp will enable doctors and health organizations to continue using antibiotics against strains of bacteria that have become resistant to most antibiotics.

Stay safe!

While hemp has remarkable properties, and will certainly be used for all sorts of health applications worldwide in the future, the best thing that one can do for one’s health is to act deliberately and make safe decisions. Hemp, though wonderful, is not a panacea, and shouldn’t be thought of as the end-all-be-all. Like anything else, hemp has to be understood in a holistic context. Only when it is used in tandem with a healthy diet and healthy choices can its benefits be fully appreciated.

As always, stay safe, research everything that you use, and feel free to call us at 888-772-7875, email us at support@greenwellnesslife.com, or message us with any questions (or if you just want to chat). That’s what we’re here for!


How to Read CBD Product Labels

April 12th, 2022 by Quinton Charles

How To Read CBD Labels

By op-ed Blogger Quinton Charles


When we go grocery shopping, it is fairly easy to figure out what is in the food that we buy. That is because the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires manufacturers to list various things on food labels, such as calories, fat, and carbohydrates. This standardized system helps us determine whether we should buy something or not.

Unlike food, however, CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA. If you’re like the millions of Americans who are interested in CBD for its health and wellness benefits, you may be overwhelmed by trying to figure out what to buy. There isn’t a standard label for CBD products, so as you shop, you might find yourself scratching your head, wondering what exactly an aerial plant part is, or what the total CBD amount is per serving.

These labels can be confusing, but by breaking down the most common terms found on CBD products, you can shop like a pro. Below, we outline what you need to know about CBD so that you can learn how to read CBD labels.

Step One: CBD Basics

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of more than 100 naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds, known as cannabinoids, are believed to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. Another well-known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive component of marijuana that makes you feel high or stoned.

When purchasing CBD, it is important to understand the difference between CBD and THC. Both hemp (from which CBD is extracted) and marijuana are cannabis plants. The main distinction between the two is the level of THC. Under U.S. law, hemp plants can contain no more than 0.3% THC, while marijuana plants (where legal) may contain up to 30% THC.

This distinction is important, both for understanding what CBD is, and for choosing the product that is right for you. As long as the CBD product is made from industrial hemp grown in the United States, it will contain no more than trace amounts of CBD. If you purchase CBD that is made from marijuana (which is legal in some U.S. states), it may contain higher levels of THC.

Step Two: Isolates, Full Spectrum, and Broad Spectrum

When you are shopping for a CBD product, you will have three basic options: CBD isolates, full spectrum CBD and broad spectrum CBD. Understanding what each of these terms means is critical to purchasing the product that you want.

Full spectrum CBD contains all of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including both CBD and THC, as well as the beneficial terpenes and flavonoids contained in the plant. Choosing full spectrum CBD allows you to take advantage of the entourage effect, which is a boost in the beneficial properties of CBD that comes from the combination of all of these components. While full spectrum CBD contains THC, it will be at trace amounts — 0.3% or less — as long as it is made from industrial hemp.

Broad spectrum CBD is similar to full spectrum CBD, except that the THC has been removed. In this way, you can get all of the benefits of the entourage effect, without any THC. This is a good choice for anyone who is worried about the (unlikely) possibility that CBD may trigger a false positive for marijuana on a drug test.

Finally, CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD. It only contains CBD – not any other cannabinoids. It may also be referred to as 0% THC. It is tasteless and odorless and may be preferred if you want to ensure that you don’t get any THC with your CBD.

If you’d like to learn more, we have a great article here comparing full-spectrum and isolated CBD.

Step Three: CBD Concentration

One of the most confusing aspects of CBD labeling is figuring out exactly how much CBD you are getting per serving. There are two numbers that you will typically see on a bottle of CBD oil: the amount of oil in the bottle (milliliter, or mL) and the amount of CBD in the container (expressed as milligrams, or mg).

Most often, the amount of CBD is described as the total mg of CBD for the entire bottle or package. For CBD oils, you can look at the number of mg per mL to determine CBD concentration. If the mg/mL is not listed on the package, you can do the math yourself to figure it out.

For example, a 15mL bottle of Mary’s Nutritionals The Remedy CBD Oil Tincture contains 500 mg of CBD per bottle. This works out to 33.33 mg/mL of CBD (500 mg divided by 15 mL). A standard-sized dropper produces approximately 20 drops per mL, which works out to approximately 2 mg of CBD per drop.

Some products don’t list the total amount of CBD per bottle or package and instead list the serving size. Charlotte’s Web Hemp CBD Extract has 7 mg of CBD per serving for a 30 mL/ 1 fluid ounce bottle. Two droppers full of this product equals 1 mL of CBD oil, and 7 mg of CBD. Multiplying 7 times 30 brings you to 200 mg of CBD per bottle, or approximately 7 mg/mL.

In this way, you can figure out the concentration of CBD in a particular product. This can help ensure that you don’t waste your money on an expensive CBD product that actually has fairly low levels of CBD.

Step Four: The Ingredients List

CBD products often have other ingredients so that they are easier to consume. For example, a CBD edible or oil may contain a natural or artificial flavoring. While CBD doesn’t taste bad, its earthy or grassy flavor isn’t everyone’s favorite, which is why flavoring is important to a lot of people.

CBD oils typically contain a carrier oil, such as cold pressed hemp seed oil, MCT oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil. These oils help your body absorb the CBD and also work to stabilize and preserve the CBD. You can check the ingredients list to see what type of carrier oil is used in a particular product and choose one that you prefer.

You may also see terms like “aerial plant parts” or hemp extract. These terms have to do with how the CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, as well as ever-changing laws and regulations on hemp in the United States.

The CBD that is legal under federal law is extracted from the hemp plant. The only parts of the hemp plant that contain CBD are the stem, stalks, leaves, and flowers — not the seeds. “Aerial plant parts” are the parts of the hemp plant that grow above the ground, and the parts of the plant that contain CBD.

Importantly, if a product is listed as being made from hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, or Cannabis sativa seeds, it probably doesn’t contain CBD. While hemp seed oil may be used as a carrier oil, it doesn’t have CBD. Be wary of any products that don’t mention cannabidiol, hemp extract, or the hemp plant parts.

Step Five: Independent Testing

As noted above, the FDA does not regulate CBD in the United States. This can make it incredibly difficult to know what you are getting. One way to ensure that you are buying a safe, high-quality product is by only purchasing CBD that has been independently tested.

Reputable CBD products will come with a Certificate of Analysis or COA. This COA means that it has been tested by a third-party laboratory. You can access the COA by visiting the manufacturer’s website and entering the code found on the product, or by scanning the QR code with your smartphone.

These lab results contain three important categories of information. First, it will disclose the CBD and THC concentrations of a particular product. You can check to make sure that you are actually getting what you are paying for, in terms of CBD concentration, and that you aren’t getting THC that you don’t want.

Second, the COA will show you the cannabinoid profile of the product if you are purchasing full or broad-spectrum CBD. This list will include other cannabinoids that are in the product, such as cannabigerol (CBG), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabinol (CBN).

Third, the results will show the presence of other substances in the product, including heavy metals and pesticides. By reviewing this information, you will be able to tell if there are any contaminants in the product, and if so, if it is within safe levels.

Still Confused? We Can Help.

There is a lot of promising research on the wellness benefits of CBD. While the science of CBD is still in its early stages, many people are ready to give it a try and see how it can help boost their health. If you find yourself interested in trying CBD but unsure of how to read a CBD label or even where to start, we are here to help.

At Green Wellness Life, we aren’t doctors, and we cannot diagnose or treat any condition. What we can offer is our experience and insight on CBD, along with the latest research on what CBD may be able to do for you. If you have questions about CBD or simply need assistance shopping, contact us today by pressing the live chat button, calling (888) 772-7875 toll-free or filling out our online contact form.


Will CBD Make You Tired?

March 28th, 2022 by Brandy Palmer

Will CBD Make You Tired?

Does CBD Make You Sleepy?

Quick Summary

Will CBD make you tired is a popular question here in the US, simply because most of us do not get the quality sleep that we need. There are CBD products that are specifically formulated to help with sleep. However, CBD is not a sedative. Studies have shown that CBD has been shown to help individuals stay asleep, but will not generally make people sleepy.  Sleep specific CBD products often contain other ingredients like melatonin, chamomile, or the cannabinoid CBN to assist with falling asleep.

Nearly 30% of all Americans suffer from some type of sleep disruption. Whether you have full-blown insomnia or simply struggle getting to sleep sometimes, you may have considered a range of options to treat your sleep issues. Unfortunately, many common treatments for sleep problems can have a sedative effect, leaving you groggy and drowsy the next day.  We often get the question – is CBD one of those? Can CBD make you tired?

CBD is associated with getting a better night of sleep. Its sleep-promoting effects are likely due to its ability to relieve underlying conditions that cause sleep disruptions, like chronic pain and anxiety. CBD has very few side effects, and because it isn’t a sedative, it won’t make you tired during the day. In fact, studies have shown that some cannabinoids, like the raw form of CBD – CBDa – may actually make you more alert. With that said, there is no one size fits all.

Whether you are considering CBD to help you sleep better or to help alleviate symptoms of another issue, you don’t have to worry that taking CBD will make you drowsy. While the science on CBD is still emerging, it shows remarkable promise in a number of areas — and shouldn’t make you feel tired. If CBD is making you sleepy, it could be an indicator that you’ve taken more than your body can process and you may want to reduce your daily serving size.

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol — more commonly referred to as CBD — is one of the primary cannabinoids that is found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds that interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for helping our bodies maintain stability or balance (known as homeostasis).

Research on CBD and the ECS is still developing. Scientists have speculated that CBD may bind to receptors within the ECS, or that it may boost the presence of endocannabinoids in people who have a deficiency. Whatever the underlying mechanism of action may be, preliminary research has demonstrated that CBD has the potential to boost health and wellness in a number of ways.  But is sleep one of them?

Can CBD Help Me Sleep?

CBD is used to help provide a balanced endocannabinoid system (ECS) may be useful in helping to combat insomnia, a sleep disorder that may make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. Insomnia has a number of potential causes.

CBD may help with sleep by addressing the root cause of sleeplessness more than the sleep itself. For example, preliminary research suggests that CBD can help with anxiety and sleep issues. A 2019 study of 72 adults with anxiety and/or poor sleep found that the majority of patients experienced relief from both problems within the first month of taking CBD. Importantly, the study’s authors found that CBD has very few side effects, particularly in comparison to psychiatric drugs that are commonly used to address anxiety and sleep issues.

CBD is not a sedative. Instead, it may help people who struggle with sleep by providing relief for the issue that is causing their insomnia.  There are a number of CBD products on the market that are specifically targeted for sleep.  They will contain ingredients other than CBD to make you sleepy such as melatonin and chamomile.  Melatonin is not the best fit for everyone and many people are finding CBN to be an alternative.  What is CBN? CBN is one of the more than 100 minor cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.  They’re called “minor” because they occur in lower quantities. While CBD does not make you sleepy, but rather may help you stay asleep and wake feeling more well rested, CBN may make you sleepy. So, does CBD make you tired? Not generally, but other cannabinoids may.

Will CBD Make Me Tired During the Day?

Although taking CBD may help you fall asleep and stay asleep, when answering if CBD will make you tired during the day, it won’t cause grogginess during daytime hours. That is because — unlike many prescription and over-the-counter medications — CBD does not produce a sedative effect. Instead, it appears to interact with the ECS to reduce the symptoms of physical and mental health conditions (like anxiety) that are known to interfere with sleep.

More significantly, CBD and CBDa may actually promote wakefulness. According to a 2019 review, CBD may actually help to manage sleepiness. The authors found that CBD may increase alertness and may have therapeutic use for sleep disorders that cause excessive daytime sleepiness.

In 2017, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found that low doses of CBD can have a stimulating effect, while higher doses can help individuals have a higher quality of sleep. When a person gets “better” sleep, they are less likely to be drowsy during the day.

Importantly, there is a significant difference between THC and CBD when it comes to both sleep and drowsiness. While THC may improve sleep during the short-term, it can have a sedative effect, leading to grogginess and drowsiness during the day.

In contrast, CBD shouldn’t make you tired during the day — and may even make you more alert. By allowing you to get a full night of high-quality sleep, you are less likely to be drowsy during the day when you take CBD. You may also find that you are more wakeful when taking CBD.

Could CBD Make Me Sleepy the Day After Taking It?

Some sleep aids, like melatonin, can leave you feeling groggy the next day.  Some even describe it as a melatonin “hangover” making it difficult to concentrate.  Luckily, that is not a concern with CBD – a CBD hangover isn’t a thing. CBD in your endocannabinoid system works to balance your body, aiding in that rhythm of being tired and being awake and energetic.

Considering CBD? We’re Here to Help.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who struggle with sleep, CBD and other cannabinoids like CBN might help you get a good night of sleep by easing symptoms of the condition(s) that are interfering with your rest. Taking CBD won’t make you tired during the day. In low amounts, CBD may actually make you more alert.

Green Wellness Life offers a full range of high quality CBD products, each of which has been independently tested. We aren’t healthcare professionals and cannot diagnose or treat any medical condition, but we can offer you the latest research on the science of CBD. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your routine.

If you’re interested in learning more about CBD, our CBD 101 is a great place to start. Rather talk to a real human? We’re happy to answer your questions via telephone, (888) 772-7875, or by email at support@greenwellnesslife.com.


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