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Dreaming On CBD: Will CBD Oil Cause Weird Dreams?

A lot of people wonder how CBD will affect their dreams, since bad dreams can be strange, disturbing and even scary.

Have you ever had a dream where all your teeth fall out? Lots of people have had it and the interpretations of what the dream actually means vary quite a bit. Some say it’s about change in your work life, others (like Carl Jung) suggest it’s related to feeling powerless. Whatever it means, it can be a pretty weird to have.

Sometimes these dreams are upsetting and, of course, unwanted. Because of its everyday association with cannabis, new users of CBD wonder about the side effects of the compound. Will it cause mind altering effects, for example? Or perhaps make you have weird dreams?


Most of this comes down to a little confusion about CBD oil, and the differences between CBD and THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana. Because CBD does not get you high, and can even promote more restful sleep, CBD users are unlikely to experience these problems.

People mention cannabis and immediately get the wrong idea, thinking they’re going to get high from CBD. The main active ingredient in psychoactive cannabis or ‘marijuana,’ when it’s used for recreational purposes, is a chemical component in the plant called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Experienced users of THC products understand different strains and types of product can induce very unusual dreams.

Floating away into dreamland. CBD may promote restful sleep, and is less likely than THC to cause nightmares or other weird dreams.

In most reputable CBD products, you don’t get any of this because there’s no THC. That’s why the media sometimes CBD (mistakenly) refers to CBD as medical cannabis in places like the U.S.


Again, this is an area that generally needs a lot more research. First, it helps to know a little more about what happens when you drop off at night. Sleep has different, distinct stages. One well-known stage is REM or Rapid Eye Movement, This is where we normally dream or remember our dreams. The other stage, deep sleep, is beneficial for a lot of things including recovery and restoring the body. Think of it like recharging your batteries.

There have been some anecdotal accounts of people having weird dreams when using CBD, but these may not be down to the compound at all. Research into the effect of THC on sleep patterns found that it decreased the REM stage and increased the deep sleep phase. Subjects also reported a rebound effect when they stopped using the drug. Some people who stopped using CBD oil before bedtime also report having more vivid dreams.

A woman stretches out in restful sleep. Though more research is needed, it’s unlikely that CBD will cause weird dreams.

Other people have noted that their recall of dreams after taking CBD oil improves. Even if we do settle into REM sleep and dream, many of us don’t normally remember anything much when we wake up. There’s no evidence, clinical or anecdotal, that suggests any worsening of dreams such as nightmares or night terrors.


Studies do suggest that CBD may be involved in lowering anxiety levels and many users point out they tend to fall asleep more quickly when using the compound. Some research also suggests that sleep quality may be improved which can lead to a better sense of feeling refreshed and higher energy levels on waking.

If you are worried about taking CBD for sleep issues or simply as a health supplement, there is currently little evidence to suggest that it is going to give you strange dreams during the night.

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For the past two nights I have smoke the CBD cannabis,and I can tell you the two dreams I had were Vivid but very pleasant. I never tried the oil and I don’t think i will now. I’ll stick to the joint. The only thing I can say is if you’re going to smoke CBD make sure you get a full eight hours of sleep because you could wake up a bit groggy in the morning but that’s just me. Other than that I’m pretty curious on tonight’s session see what it’s going to bring.

Wrong CBS caused me to have very vivid strange dreans

CBD oil DID give me very intense bad vivid mentally weird bazaar dreams the very first night and I only took 10 ml, under the tounge. I will not be taking this shit.

I’ve used CBD twice,A few weeks apart, and different brands. Both times I had the worst nightmares of my life. That’s all the research I need.

I made cdb using coconut oil . Fusing one once into two cups of oil. I used one tablespoon in a recipe for chocolates. That is 0.125 of a tsp for each chocolate.
The pain I have in my hand and fingers from arthritis was reduced but I suffered extremely terrifying nightmares. I always, normally ,have very healthy sleep patterns and con not ever remember having extreme nightmares. I will wait one week and try again.
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I ALWAYS have weird dreams. I’m ok with that and actually kind of enjoy them. I took CBD oil for my RLS last night and had nightmares. People getting parts of their bodies sawed off kinda nightmares. and I definitely did not sleep better. I was awake every couple of hours. This doesn’t happen when I use Cannabis. I would like to add I have unusual body chemistry and react differently to “everything”!

From my experience. CBD oil has caused me to have very lucid dreams. I wouldn’t call them nightmares but disturbing. Odd. to say the least of real life scenarios.

just googled for cbd and dreams and found this. I have been taking about 5mg (plus or minus per mg scale) cbd isolate sublingual only at bedtime for maybe a few weeks. I had no luck with disolve-in-ghee,or vape,or dab, but this definitely provides a little noticeable relaxation. This morning I woke a couple times with vivid dreams – not necessarily bad but unusual for me. After a bit of reading I think my take on this is that I am simply recalling dreams that I otherwise would not be recalling, so I can use my usual dream process of “why am I dreaming about that topic, what can I learn from it,message?etc”. Info: I’m 75. never do THC stuff as I found when I was much younger that it screws up my “if/what if/then if” logic for a couple weeks. Enjoy!

Orrrrrrr, Kristi, perhaps THC was helping you “unlearn” your “if/what if/then if” mindset (like causation? Predicting events? Understanding consequences?) as a construct? The fact that this “disruption” (or “clarification”!) lasted for a couple weeks makes me think you connected neurons in new, possibly valuable ways, rather than caused something akin to a temporary psychological disorder? Maybe THC was trying to reveal that reality is highly unpredictable, and putting too much stock in your ability to foresee consequences was holding you back! Hopefully, you’re retired now, and can afford to (legally and safely) experiment with THC again, if you’re at all curious. Just be aware that modern cannabis is much stronger (2x-10x) than it was “back in the day” (as you probably know)! Alternately, if you don’t like the feeling, no peer pressure from me. Just throwing the idea out there…not a doctor You’ll probably never see this, anyway! Glad CBD is working for you, and I love that you take the time to reflect on your dreams…very cool.

I’ve not had nightmares but I feel so relaxed but my mind is always thinking, all night long. But yet I feel good in the morning and not so tired during the day. Kind of weird. I have fibromyalgia and have never had a really good nights rest. But it feels so good to just relax my sore muscles even if my brain is on the go all night long.

I am not convinced about the innocence of CBD oil at all. I tried it now 3x and in all cases I had terrible vivid night mares causing a rather disturbed sleep. Not for me.

Does Cannabis Affect Dreams? Exploring The Effects of CBD, CBG, & THC On Dreaming

Different cannabinoids have altering effects on dreams, sleep, and the sleep cycle.

In this article, we’ll look into the world of cannabis, cannabinoids, and sleep and how certain cannabinoids affect it.

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How Do Cannabinoids Affect Your Dreams?

Cannabinoids interact with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system consists of CB1 and CB2 receptors that affect most bodily functions.

Some cannabinoids are psychoactive and alter your perception (THC), and others are non-psychoactive but have excellent pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties (CBD).

The thing that all cannabinoids have in common is their interaction with the endocannabinoid system.

Because they interact with the ECS differently, some cannabinoids could suppress REM sleep while others stimulate it. This section will look at how four of the most prevalent cannabinoids affect the sleep cycle.

How Does Delta 9 THC Affect Your Dreams?

Delta 9 THC can reduce the time you stay in REM sleep and typically increases stage four of non-REM sleep [1].

This interaction with the sleep cycle suppresses dream activity by prolonging the duration of non-REM sleep. It can help users feel more rested but may shorten the amount of time leftover for REM sleep (where most dreaming takes place) before your alarm clock goes off in the morning.

The interference delta 9 THC has with the REM sleep phase could help people with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) that experience nightmares induced by past traumatic experiences. This works through delta 9 THC’s ability to suppress dreaming.

This cannabinoid may also be helpful to those with insomnia as research suggests that it may induce and encourage a deeper state of rest.

How Does Delta 8 THC Affect Your Dreams?

An early study of the effects of various cannabinoids on seizures found that delta 8 THC has a similar impact on REM sleep as delta 9 THC [2].

We can assume that because of its similarity to delta 9, delta 8 THC also inhibits dreams. The extent of this suppression has not been studied.

One counter-argument is that because of the mild sedative effects of delta 8 THC; overall sleep duration may be prolonged, enabling users to pass through non-REM sleep into REM stages earlier before their scheduled wakeup. This could (theoretically) lead to more time spent dreaming.

How Does CBD Affect Your Dreams?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that may have a slightly different effect on REM sleep compared to THC. One study found that CBD efficiently blocked anxiety-induced REM sleep suppression but had little effect on non-REM sleep [3].

This could indicate CBD increases the amount of time spent dreaming during the night — however, this effect has not been formally studied.

Anecdotally, there have been reports of people experiencing more vivid or lucid dreams after taking CBD products directly before bed.

Some consumers have also claimed that CBD gives them a significantly improved ability to recall what happened in their dreams. However, there’s little evidence to prove why or how CBD improves dreaming and recall.

On the other hand, some people report a reduction of dream activity after taking CBD before bed. The effects of CBD on dreaming likely rely heavily on the individual. Some people dream more vividly; others experience less dream recall after using CBD.

How Does CBG Affect Your Dreams?

CBG (cannabigerol) as a cannabinoid is less common than CBD and THC. However, it may help induce sleep and improve rest. CBG is becoming more popular, but due to its fairly new status in the world of cannabis, there is little research on its effects on sleep.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBG may help with insomnia by encouraging sleep and inducing a deeper state of rest without interrupting REM sleep. Some people claim that this cannabinoid actually helps induce sleep better than CBD and THC. However, you’ll have to form your own opinion on this matter as scientific studies are few and far between.

Although research surrounding this cannabinoid is thin, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that it has potential as a sleep aid. We look forward to seeing future studies on CBG that could potentially back up these claims.

Do Cannabinoids Cause Crazy Dreams or Suppress Them?

It’s commonly stated that smoking cannabis before bed causes dream suppression in users, but is this true?

Many people report that they are unable to recollect the dreams they’ve had or report having no dreams at all after smoking marijuana or using it regularly. Marijuana can potentially help insomnia sufferers as it does induce sleep. However, the deep sleep it causes may suppress dreams, as some studies suggest.

One study looked into the effects of THC on REM sleep (the deep sleep stage of rest) and found that it may reduce REM sleep and decrease sleep latency [4].

REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the stage during the sleep cycle that dreams occur.

This is the time when the brain is most active and creative. The suppression and reduction of this sleep phase could indicate that marijuana — or THC in particular — does suppress dreams.

Vivid dreams and intense nightmares are common side effects of cannabis withdrawal. Although you may not experience elevated dream activity from smoking marijuana, if you’re a heavy user, you may experience a period of intense activity once you lay off the weed.

When you smoke marijuana regularly, the THC reduces the amount of time you spend in the REM stage of sleep while increasing the amount of time you’re in stage 4 of the sleep cycle [1]. This results in less collectible dream activity.

Although suppression of REM sleep doesn’t appear to have any long-term side effects, it can affect you when you stop using marijuana. You may experience a rebound effect where your REM sleep activity increases, and you spend more time in this phase. This can result in a significant increase in brain activity.

Although it’s unclear why exactly this happens, the occurrence is well documented. One 2011 study looked into cannabis withdrawal symptoms and found that the most commonly reported issues were sleep disturbances with nightmares and vivid dreams most common [5].

So, although marijuana can actually dull your dreams when you’re using it, it can dramatically increase your dream activity when you quit after a period of heavy use.

When you take THC out of the equation, other cannabinoids can promote dream activity. Some users of popular cannabinoids such as CBD report stimulated sleep with an increase of vivid or “crazy” dreams.

How Can Cannabinoids Be Used for Rest?

Cannabis can be an excellent tool for those that struggle with sleep. People with insomnia, in particular, may benefit from cannabinoids such as delta 8 THC, delta 9 THC, CBD, and potentially CBG. These cannabinoids can induce sleep and help promote a healthy night’s rest.

For people who have PTSD, there is much to be said about using both delta 9 THC and delta 8 THC. These cannabinoids could potentially improve sleep quality and help suppress the REM stage of sleep where traumatic dreams and nightmares could occur.

On the other hand, people looking for better dream recall and want a way to improve the vividness of their dreams could turn to CBD. This cannabinoid may help enhance the visual aspect of dreaming and help consumers recall their dreams more efficiently.

Different cannabinoids have different effects on the sleep cycle. The cannabinoid you choose for sleep will depend on how you want to alter your sleep cycle.

What Happens During the Different Stages of Sleep?

As you may already know, there are two main stages of sleep — the rapid eye movement (REM) phase and the non-rapid eye movement (non-REM) phase. However, what many people don’t know is that non-rem sleep has several different stages.

Each stage of non-REM sleep affects your rest. How long you spend in each stage of sleep ultimately affects the quality of your sleep and how you enter REM sleep, affecting dream activity. Certain cannabinoids may influence these different stages of sleep and alter the quality of your sleep and dreams.

To understand how cannabis and its compounds affect your sleep and dream activity, you must first analyze and understand the five stages of sleep.

1. Non-REM Sleep (Stage One)

The first stage of sleep occurs when you first drift off to sleep. This stage is characterized by slow muscle movement and twitches and slow movement of the eyes. Although technically unconscious, during this phase of sleep, you are most aware.

You can think of the first stage of non-REM as a sort of “twilight” period of light sleep. Because you’re aware of external factors, you may wake up to sudden noises and other disturbances during this stage.

2. Non-REM Sleep (Stage Two)

The second stage of non-REM sleep occurs once you fall out of the first light stage of sleep and into a deeper state of rest. You aren’t aware of your surroundings during stage two and are unlikely to wake up from mild external disturbances. However, if you do wake up, you’ll feel wide awake.

This stage of sleep is when your heart rate slows, body temperature drops, and eye movements slow down or stop.

3. Non-REM Sleep (Stage Three)

The third stage of non-REM sleep puts you in yet another deeper state of sleep. During this stage, your brain waves slow down and become less active. The muscles relax, and breathing also becomes slower.

Stage three is difficult to wake up from. Even louder external disturbances may not wake you up. If an external factor such as an alarm does wake you up, you’ll feel disorientated, sluggish, and slow-moving. This is why you may feel more tired and oversleep.

4. Non-REM Sleep (Stage Four)

Stage four of non-REM is yet again an even deeper stage of sleep. The brain waves slow even further, and it becomes even harder to wake up from a slumber.

Stage four is known as the stage of sleep where tissue repair occurs. It’s also believed that during this stage, hormones are released to help aid growth.

5. REM Sleep (Stage Five)

The fifth and final stage of sleep is known as REM sleep and occurs roughly 90 minutes after you enter stage one. This is the stage of sleep where dreaming occurs. The eyes move rapidly, and your breathing starts to increase, becoming shallower and more rapid than in the non-REM stages.

Your blood pressure and heart rate increase again during this phase, and activity increases in the memory and learning sectors of the brain. It’s believed that dreaming occurs in this stage of sleep to stimulate the sections of the brain that are responsible for storing and obtaining information.

Although brain waves increase alongside blood pressure and heart rate, your arms and legs become paralyzed. It’s believed that this paralyzation occurs so that we don’t act physically during our dreams.

It’s this stage of sleep that may become interrupted by high levels of THC. Studies suggest that heavy marijuana users may experience less of a dream state because THC reduces the time the body stays in the REM stage of sleep [6].

Bottom Line: Do Cannabinoids Really Cause Crazy Dreams?

Some cannabinoids, such as THC, may suppress dream activity, whereas other cannabinoids, such as CBD, may encourage more vivid dreams.

Marijuana as a whole will not cause “crazy” dreams.

It’s more likely to cause a reduction in REM sleep and a suppression of dream activity as a result.

However, the withdrawal phase when THC use is stopped abruptly may cause a period of intense dreaming.

Additionally, when certain cannabinoids are isolated and used individually, users may experience an increase in dream activity.

If you’re looking to cannabis and its many cannabinoids to help with sleep or improve dream recall, be sure to do plenty of research because the effects of different cannabinoids on the sleep cycle vary dramatically.