You may have noticed the tendency to remember your dreams when you wake up, but memories completely vanish during the day. That’s why you should always keep a dream journal by the bed. Every time you wake up, simply write down what you remember from the dream. It can be visions or only short segments, people, things, feelings, and everything else you’ve been experiencing.
Reality checks will help you to identify when you’re actually dreaming and to take control into your own hands. Every 2 or 3 hours during the day, ask yourself “am I dreaming?”. Day by day it will become your habit and you will start doing that in your dreams.
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Last Updated: January 05, 2021
In one 2013 study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology , CBD was found to reduce symptoms of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder in Parkinson’s patients; in particular, REM sleep latency (the amount of time it takes for REM sleep to onset) was increased in the subjects. Why is this significant? Because shortened REM sleep latency is a sleep disorder associated with depressive symptoms.
Things didn’t occur in scenes, it was more like a continuous storyline. My environment didn’t suddenly change in 0.002 seconds, and neither did what I was doing. It was as if I was walking in a different world going about my day like it were normal.
Experiment 1: small dose
First, a little background: I’m now 22, and learned how to lucid dream over the course of several years when I was in high school. Let’s just say my life wasn’t amazing at the time, and the idea of galavanting about however I wished in my dreams sounded amazing. So, I started a dream journal, writing down every detail I could remember of every dream right after I woke up and “reality checking” during the day, a process where you make yourself meticulously aware of your surroundings at random points in the day, so that you can eventually do the same when you’re sleeping at night to tell if you are dreaming.
Unfortunately for us cannabidiol (CBD) enthusiasts, we’re still in the earliest stages of figuring out exactly how CBD works, or even what it works for: for example, the scientific literature is still very mixed on whether or not CBD works as a sleep aid or what it’s effect on sleep is, so it should come as no surprise that the published scientific literature has very little to say about CBD and dreaming.
The third night I took two full droppers, about 50mg of CBD, I experienced a couple of interesting differences I have never experienced before. Not only did I have free control to do whatever I wanted in my environment, but I also felt like everything in my dream was happening in real time.
To me, CBD was a new drug as well as an OTC sleep aid, so it made sense that it might trigger vivid nightmares. But Dr. Moran Cerf, an expert on the biology of dreams and a professor of neuroscience and business at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, cautioned me not to put too much stock in the narratives they remember from their dreams, no matter how genuine they seemed.
“I do not recommend pure CBD as a sleep aid, but extracts may reduce symptoms that interfere with sleep,” Russo tells me.
Similarly perplexing observations can be found in the scant scientific literature regarding CBD and dreams.
CBD and Sleep
If there was something in the roll-on oil that put me to sleep, it probably wasn’t the CBD. But CBD may still have an important role in the sleep process: removing obstacles in the way of sleep, and perhaps clearing a path for stranger dreams as well.
“Apply to temples and back of neck." And then the nightmares started.
Four case studies described in a 2014 article in Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics showed that daily doses of CBD over six weeks helped reduce the vivid dreams associated with REM sleep behavior disorder in Parkinson’s patients. The patients, who received either 75 milligrams or 300 milligrams per day, all experienced fewer vivid dreams after the treatment.
CBD did seem to induce a heaviness in my body not unlike the embrace of a gravity blanket. Whether real or placebo, it felt as though the weight of it filled up my empty spaces, stopping up the openings where discomfort and anxiety thrive. Maybe that’s why I slept so solidly. But why was waking so stressful?