Using Cannabis Oil for Insomnia & Sleeplessness

Cannabis Oil for Sleep and Insomnia

Do you suffer from a lack of sleep? You’re not alone! Cannabis oil can help you sleep. Insomnia is one of the top three reasons our customers in South Africa buy our cannabis oil.

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Sleep is essential since many of our bodies processes are repaired and healed when we get some shut eye.

Not sleeping leads to a range of mental and physical health conditions.  A lot of reasons exist why people don’t get good sleep – anxiety and pain are some of the more frequent ones. Cannabis  oil can help with the underlying causes of sleeplessness.

We know how important it is that you get a good night’s sleep, and we’ve seen many of our customers’ sleep improve after taking cannabis oil.


Can Cannabis Oil Help You Sleep?

Evidence points to the role that cannabinoids found in cannabis oil have in relieving both anxiety and pain.  The human body produces endocannabinoids that provide pain and stress relief, and cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant mimic these natural chemicals.
It’s important to treat the underlying causes of insomnia.  Cannabis oil can help one to relax and treat certain types of pain.
CBD in cannabis oil has been studied on its effects on REM sleep. Researchers found that CBD may help to treat REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder.
Symptoms of Insomnia include:
  • Not being able to fall asleep even after lying awake for many hours
  • A feeling of being tired throughout the day
  • Waking up in the middle of the night (people often wake up with a start)
  • Waking up too early
  • The feeling of not having slept properly when you wake up
  • Irritability, depression and anxiety
  • Increased errors or accidents 

Other Tips on Insomnia


Don’t drink coffee, tea or caffeinated beverages (think Red Bull) after one o’clock.

Caffeine has a half life of 5 hours.  This means that half of the caffeine you consume will still be in your body in this time.  Drinking caffeinated beverages results in a cycle of drowsiness and the need for more caffeine.  Although everyone is different, on average one cannot get a good night’s sleep while caffeine is in your system.

Other tips on helping with insomnia include getting some exercise, limiting naps. having a set night-time routine etc.  

For many people however, cannabis oil can have a profound impact on one’s sense of calm and peace in order to get a good night’s rest.

How Should I Use Cannabis Oil for Insomnia?

Cannabis oil is strong and should be used according to your personal tolerance.  Start with one drop in the morning and one drop at night, and increase the dosage until you feel comfortable.  (3 Drops is the average that our customers consume.)

Cannabis oil can help with feelings of anxiety throughout the day, limiting negative emotions and allowing things to run easier in your thoughts, allowing for better sleep when the time comes.

Every person has a different number of cannabinoid receptors in their body.  Some people can take a large dose and feel exactly the same as someone taking a lesser amount. So, it’s important to know your own body, and not compare your dosage to the dosages your friends or family are taking, larger or smaller. 

Evidence for Using Cannabis Oil for Insomnia

Cannabis oil has been studied for it’s effectiveness in treating sleep disorders.  Here are a few of the studies:

Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep
Objective: To determine whether CBD helps improve sleep and/or anxiety in a clinical population.
Conclusion: Cannabidiol may hold benefit for anxiety-related disorders. Controlled clinical studies are needed.

Use of Cannabis to Relieve Pain and Promote Sleep by Customers at an Adult Use Dispensary
“Of 1,000 adult-use only customer respondents, 65% reported taking cannabis to relieve pain and 74% reported taking cannabis to promote sleep.
“Among respondents taking cannabis for sleep, 84% found it very or extremely helpful, and most of those taking over-the-counter (87%) or prescription sleep aids (83%) reported reducing or stopping use of those medications.”

THC as an hypnotic
THC was found to significantly decrease the time it takes to fall asleep in physically healthy insomniacs. Once asleep, interruptions of sleep were not significantly altered over the whole night.”

Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature
“The current review aims to summarize the state of research on cannabis and sleep up to 2014 and to review in detail the literature on cannabis and specific sleep disorders from 2014 to the time of publication.”

Cannabis Oil for Insomnia in the News

Medicinal Cannabis Used to Treat Insomnia: 2 minutes

Medical cannabis and insomnia

Medicinal cannabis could be used to combat insomnia with a treatment being developed right here in Perth. Interest in the drug is skyrocketing as new uses emerge.

Patient testimonial about cannabis

Anita Gamba hasn’t been able to stand without pain for five years. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 30 years ago and says no other drug compares to medicinal cannabis.

I love it. It’s a friend to my body. I just felt that I was always in remission with my MS. I was always at peace with it.

Medicinal cannabis is being used to treat dozens of different conditions including chronic pain and epilepsy. It’s almost I suppose, a pharmaceutical herbal medicine.

Cannabis oil is a powerful medicine for insomnia

And a world first trial done here in WA found cannabis oil has been found to be a powerful medicine for insomnia. A drug is now being developed and should hit the shelves in September.

So that again, plugs into pathways in your body which which your brain there are receptors for THC and CBD. And when you activate them in the right way that drives the sleep.

While it may be a wonder drug for some, it’s not for everyone.

There are other people where the doses increased. And I said look, I’m just not really getting that much result. And that’s the same with any medication.

Plus, it’s expensive, on average costing between four and ten dollars a day because there’s no government subsidy. Drug companies are always turning up with shiny advertisements and a brand new drug. Doctors just want to see the science that says that it doesn’t harm people, and that it’s better than the drugs that we already have.

You need federal government approval to access the medicine but demand is skyrocketing. In May 2019, There were 1370 approvals. This year, 4133.

Comes with a little bit of baggage in the eyes of many but once you look at the science, then really the baggage cannon should fall away.

Will you sleep better with CBD?: 1 minutes 52 seconds

People are turning to CBD for insomnia relief

If you have trouble sleeping at night you have plenty of company nearly 80% of people say they have trouble sleeping at least once a week. Well, now some people are turning to CBD, a compound in cannabis that won’t get you high, to get some z’s.

But is it safe? Does it work? Here’s consumer reporter Marilyn Moritz.

Steph Davis is a professional mountain climber so she really needs a good night’s sleep. But like a lot of people Steph was tossing and turning.

CBD helping people get a good night’s sleep

I was just in this phase where I wouldn’t fall asleep right away, and then I would wake up at like 3:00 in the morning. I feel like, why am I awake? So a friend recommended she try CBD.

I took it for a couple weeks and then said, Hey, wow, you know, I’ve had really good sleeps in this time period.

CBD’s potential to help with sleep problems

CBD or cannabidiol is a compound that is found in both hemp and marijuana and it doesn’t make you high it’s recently exploded in popularity because of its potential to treat health problems like pain, anxiety, and perhaps sleep.

CBD reduces anxiety and pain allowing a good night’s sleep  

We don’t have a ton of research on CBD and insomnia but the research that we have suggests that CBD may reduce a person’s anxiety and possibly reduce pain relieving one or both of those could help a person get to sleep. 

How do you know if CBD is right for you?

But how do you know if CBD is right for you do you suffer from chronic insomnia before you turn into CBD it’s actually time to make an appointment with your physician. He or she can help you with a more proven therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy which helps focus on behaviors that can improve your sleep.

If you still want to try CBD be sure to ask to see the product certificate of analysis that shows how that product performed on tests and talk to your doctor, especially if you take other meds because CBD could interact with them.

Doctors Speaking about Cannabis Oil and Insomnia

Dr Alan Frankel from Santa Monica in California speaks about the use of cannabis oil for insomnia.

Anxiety and insomnia:  Using cannabis for treatment: 2 minutes

Hi. I’m Dr. Alan Frankel. 

I’d like to speak to you about the use of cannabinoid medicine in the treatment of anxiety and insomnia. 

I’m sure everyone watching this video has been anxious at times and has had trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep. So, what is the difference with insomnia in the use of cannabis for somebody who has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? The disorders are very, very, different. For patients who have difficulty just drifting off, and once they fall asleep, they stay asleep. A little bit of CBD with THC at very low doses usually takes care of that. 

Patients who have insomnia where they’re waking up at 1, 3, and 5 o clock in the morning, and then going back to sleep and waking up just feeling exhausted when they wake up, are waking up at those times because those are the times when we have cortisol spikes from our adrenal glands, and we’re slightly awake. And, if some anxiety metabolites in our blood are circulating around at that time, which is leftover anxiety essentially from the daytime, you wake up, and patients wake up with a start. 

Treating anxiety using primarily low dose CBD during the daytime generally translates into helping the patients with early morning awakening to a huge degree. Patients who don’t seem to have anxiety and just drifting off, again, a small 5 milligrams of CBD, perhaps with 5 milligrams of THC will get most people to sleep and some patients just with a little THC. 


For more information about the use of cannabis in the treatment of anxiety and insomnia please check out my website or call my office for a consultation.

About Cannabis Oil South Africa

Cannabis Oil South Africa supplies Phoenix Tears Cannabis Oil, a full extract cannabis oil.  Based in Johannesburg, we sell cannabis oil with delivery to the whole of South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.  Click here for our shop.

Cannabis oil is also known as THC Oil, Hemp Oil, Dagga Oil, Weed Oil, Fully Extracted Cannabis Oil (Feco), Hash Oil, Phoenix Tears, commonly misspelt as Fenix Tears.