Do you remember how they used to make medicine taste good for you as a kid? One day, you’re looking forward to taking your favorite banana-flavored antibiotic syrup and then suddenly, BAM, you’re a big kid now and you have to swallow this pill instead (Ed – I’m still a bit upset about this).
I like to think CBD gummies for sleep are like the banana-flavored medicines of the sleep aid world, except you don’t have to be a kid to take them. Finally, something that’s good for you AND tastes nice!
According to the CDC, one in three Americans don’t get enough sleep, so if you’re one of them and want to improve matters, then keep reading as I’ve tested and shared below, the best CBD sleep gummies in 2022.
The 5 best CBD gummies for sleep 2022
- FabCBD PM Chews – Best CBD gummies for sleep (overall)
- Oregon Originals Sleep Gummies – Best CBD gummies with melatonin
- Green Unicorn Farms Sleep Gummies – Best CBD-only gummies
- Arete Hemp Dream Gummies – Best CBD & CBN gummies
- Binoid Delta 8 THC Gummies – Best THC gummies for sleep
Over the years, I’ve tested numerous different CBD sleep gummy products and found that some brands are much more effective than others. This year, I have tested over 20 different brands to find the best CBD sleep gummies in 2022. Some of them relied solely on CBD for their effectiveness, whereas other gummies had various added ingredients to enhance the effects, from melatonin and CBN, to ashwagandha, GABA, and THC.
Cannabinoids often affect each one of us differently, so what works best for me may not be the very best option for you. This is why I recruited a panel of three testers to test each product with me. I encourage you to try a couple of different brands to see which work the best for you before setting up a subscription for your favorite.
These gummies achieved the most improved sleep scores across the board, promoting relaxation, improving sleep quality, and duration.
✅ 750mg of CBD ($0.12 per mg)
✅ 60 servings – $1.48 per serving
✅ Each serving contains 12.5mg of CBD, plus L-Theanine, 5-HTP, Melatonin, Ashwagandha and GABA
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- Lower potency makes them more versatile (take one or two)
- Also contain L-Theanine, 5-HTP, Melatonin, Ashwagandha and GABA
- High-quality all-natural ingredients (no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners)
- Third-party tested for potency and purity
- 30-day money-back guarantee (easy returns)
- Only one flavor option (acai berry)
- Have to spend over $99 to qualify for free shipping
These gummies contain a gentle yet incredibly effective sleep formula that consists of 12.5mg of broad spectrum CBD combined with a variety of complimentary ancient herbs to promote more restful sleep.
Around 45 minutes after taking two, I felt a warm, relaxing feeling spread across my entire body, winding me down physically and mentally. I felt so peaceful and serene before heading to bed, these gummies definitely helped me switch off from the day’s activities and fall asleep earlier that night. They also helped me stay asleep, as I found myself waking up less often during the night.
Overall, I think these gummies helped improve both my sleep quality and duration. And the next morning, I didn’t feel like I’d taken something to knock me out, because I actually woke up feeling fresh, well-rested, and ready to start my day.
FabCBD’s PM Chew’s also performed the most consistently across the board with our other testers, scoring highly for all sleep measures, including relaxation, falling asleep, sleep quality, sleep duration, and for having no associated sleep-aid hangover.
At first glance, these gummies aren’t the cheapest option on the market, but you do get double the amount of gummies than usual (60 instead of the usual 30) and all of our testers agreed that the price was more than fair. The 30-day money back guarantee also means that you can try out the gummies for yourself, risk-free.
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These gummies performed very well across the board in improving sleep scores, especially helping our testers fall asleep faster than usual.
✅ 450mg of CBD/CBN ($0.11 per mg)
✅ 30 servings – $1.75 per serving
✅ Each serving contains 10mg of CBD, 5mg of CBN, plus 2.5mg of melatonin
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- Also contain CBN and melatonin to help you relax
- Free shipping on all orders
- Versatile low potency (take one or two as needed)
- Third-party tested for potency and residual solvents
- Products don’t have third-party testing for pesticides or microbials
- Difficult to find in-depth product information
Oregon Originals’ Sleep Gummies formula combines CBD with melatonin and CBN to help you sleep as, over the last few years, CBN has gained quite a reputation for itself as the “sleepy” cannabinoid.
I’ve used these sleep gummies from Oregon Originals before with great success, so I was looking forward to seeing feedback from the other testers.
I usually take two of these delicious gummies at one time and find that the effects settle in slowly and subtly in just under an hour. They don’t knock me out, but I find that they help me fall asleep faster as they’re very effective at relaxing me into “bedtime mode”. They also help improve my sleep quality as I don’t toss and turn and wake up in the middle of the night as often.
The gentleness of these gummies also means that when I wake up in the morning, I feel like I’ve had a good night’s sleep with no hint of a sleep-aid hangover. I find getting up in the mornings so much easier after taking these gummies the night before, with or without an alarm.
These gummies rated very well with our other three testers too, but everyone agreed that the optimal serving/dose was two gummies rather than one.
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3. Green Unicorn Farms Sleep Gummies – Best CBD-only gummies
These gummies scored the highest out of all the CBD-only gummies we tested, performing particularly well in improving sleep quality.
✅ 750mg of CBD ($0.07 per mg)
✅ 30 servings – $1.66 per serving
✅ Each serving contains 25mg of CBD
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- Very affordable option (CBD cost per mg)
- Versatile (can be used in the daytime too – just don’t take too many)
- Great for those that want to avoid melatonin additives
- Organic, all-natural ingredients, natural flavors and colors
- Four tasty, fruity flavors in the same bag
- Third-party tested for potency only (not purity)
- No extra ingredients to help aid sleep
These broad-spectrum CBD gummies from Green Unicorn Farms contain 25mg of CBD in each gummy, which is a higher dose of CBD than any of the other winning gummies, but they don’t contain any other sedative additional ingredients that may be helping to boost the sedating effects of the CBD.
However, because these gummies contain a broad spectrum extract (as opposed to their full-spectrum CBD oils and smokable flower), they already contain a plethora of other beneficial compounds, including minor cannabinoids and terpenes that will help enhance the CBD’s effectiveness. And unlike full-spectrum CBD products, these gummies can be consumed even if you are subject to drug testing.
I found this higher dose of CBD to be very effective in helping me stay asleep for longer periods of time, but I don’t think they helped me fall asleep any quicker.
Not only are these gummies more affordable than any of the others (if you look at the CBD price per mg), but they also come in a nice mix of flavors including watermelon, lemon, tangerine, and raspberry, while the others are only available in one flavor.
Our testing team noted that you could take these CBD gummies for anxiety and sleep as they don’t have any extra ingredients in them to sedate you. This makes them more versatile than any of the other gummies, which is an extra bonus if you’re on a budget as you can just buy one box of gummies to suit all of your CBD needs.
Note: Having checked the third-party lab reports, this last batch of gummies actually tested at 37mg of CBD per gummy! No wonder I slept like a log.
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These gummies are the most potent of all the gummies on this list, scoring especially highly in sleep quality and sleep duration.
✅ 1400mg of CBD/CBN ($0.03 per mg)
✅ 20 servings – $2.25 per serving
✅ Each serving contains 50mg of CBD and 20mg of CBN
- Highly potent and effective
- Also contain CBN to help you relax
- Lowest price per mg
- Third-party lab tested for potency
- High quality, organic ingredients
- Vegan-friendly formula
- Third-party testing is potency only (not purity)
- Too potent for inexperienced users
- Can leave you feeling quite groggy the next morning
The fact that Arete Hemp’s Dream Gummies ended up making it to our top five “best CBD gummies for sleep” this year came as no surprise to me. I reviewed this brand and their gummies just a few months ago (you can see my full Arete Hemp Review here), so my experience of their effectiveness is still very fresh in my mind.
These Dream gummies are the most potent on this list by a long way, making them ideal for experienced users, as well as people with more severe insomnia symptoms. These gummies will also be the best option for you if you have trouble sleeping at night due to chronic pain issues, as stronger doses of cannabinoids are often needed to relieve pain.
Their high potency means you get more of a knockout effect than with the other gummies, which personally left me feeling a bit disoriented in the morning, which I didn’t like during the week. But I love taking these on weekends when I can afford a nice, long morning in my PJ’s. Otherwise I definitely need a cup of coffee to help me get going!
I could try taking half a gummy during the week I suppose, but splitting a gummy isn’t a very accurate dosing method.
Our testers agreed with me when it came to the effectiveness of these gummies and their resulting hangover. Overall, these gummies scored especially well in the sleep quality and sleep duration categories. They also have more of a hempy taste than the other gummies (but they’re still delicious).
As expected, the price per gummy serving is higher than the other gummies on this list, but the per mg price is actually the lowest on this list, making them great value for money too.
These gummies were the most effective hemp-derived THC gummies for sleep that we tried, scoring highly for sleep quality and sleep duration.
✅ 500mg of Delta 8 THC ($0.07 per mg of THC)
✅ 20 servings – $1.75 per serving
✅ Each serving contains 25mg of Delta 8 THC
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- Very effective for deep and dreamless sleep
- Competitive prices
- Great variety of flavors
- Excellent customer service
- D8 distillate is third-party tested for potency and purity
- Noticeable psychoactive side effects
- Can leave you feeling quite groggy the next morning
- Not available in all 50 states (check cannabis and Delta 8 legality here)
If you’re not worried about the psychoactive effects that come with THC, then you may be interested in trying THC gummies for sleep. If so, then I highly recommend that you check out these Delta 8 gummies for sleep from Binoid. I fell in love with these gummies a few months ago when I reviewed the brand and product range (check out my Binoid review here).
They come in three different flavors including green apple candy, peach dream, and strawberry bliss, or you can get a mixed flavor pack to try all three. All three flavors are really tasty, so I recommend the mixed pack so you can try them all!
Although not strictly marketed for sleep, they will help you enter into a deep, dreamless slumber, making them a great alternative to weed for sleep, especially if you live in a state where access to marijuana is restricted or illegal.
I have also used Binoid’s Delta 9 gummies for sleep but I find the Delta 8 to be just as effective, plus they’re more affordable.
All the testers agreed that the Delta 8 gummies helped them relax and unwind (one tester said they felt like they’d just had a massage!) and they also helped everyone sleep more deeply.
Two out of three of the volunteer testers also reported a slight hangover that made them feel a little groggy the next morning. I have noticed this too on occasion, but I find this is quite common with THC products in general and this particular THC hangover passed quickly (nothing a cup of coffee/tea or five minutes of gentle exercise or stretching won’t fix).
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The testing process
I use CBD almost every night to help me sleep better and I especially like the gummy format as they offer long-lasting effects and are effortless to dose, so I was looking forward to the results of this experiment as much as you!
Over the years, I’ve tested and reviewed hundreds of different CBD brands and literally thousands of products and know for a fact that some products are much more effective than others, but which ones are the best?
I started off by selecting the CBD brands I wanted to be a part of this study. Brands that are producing clean, high-quality products. I chose the brands by ensuring they met the following criteria.
- Organic hemp grown in the USA (so that I know the CBD extract had come from a regulated, clean source)
- Third-party lab results (third-party testing is vital in order to verify exactly what the gummies contain)
- Good customer reviews (helped me assess the quality and potential efficacy of the product)
- Affordable prices (affordability and accessibility to these products was also important to me)
Once I had my shortlist, I started contacting them and within a few short weeks I had plenty of products to put to the test, having received samples from over 20 different brands.
Next up, I put word out that I was looking for local volunteers to test a variety of CBD sleep gummies and was floored by the response. I was quite literally overwhelmed with applicants who were experiencing a variety of sleep problems.
I dished out the products and feedback forms as quickly as the gummies arrived on my doorstep and eagerly awaited the response that was promised after a 20 to 30-day trial (some products only had 20 servings).
I asked the testers to score the gummies out of ten for the following statements, with one being “don’t agree” and ten being “very much agree”:
- I felt more relaxed
- I fell asleep faster
- I slept more soundly (waking less often)
- I slept for longer
- I woke up feeling refreshed
- I like the taste and texture of the gummies
- I would recommend these gummies
Unfortunately, not all of the testers submitted feedback, so in cases of missing feedback, I averaged the other tester’s scores. And after working out each product’s average scores, it was easy to see which ones stood out from the crowd, which are the ones featured here.
CBD for sleep: How does it work?
There are many ways that CBD may be able to help you sleep better, because of the influence CBD is able to have over our endocannabinoid system.
- CBD has been shown to enhance the levels of endocannabinoids and adenosine in the brain, which can increase the amount of deep sleep you get.
- The anti-anxiety properties of CBD may help you relax and get to sleep faster, as well as stay asleep for longer by reducing anxiety-induced REM sleep.
- The analgesic properties of CBD can also help you get to sleep and stay asleep by reducing pain symptoms.
- The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may be helpful in reducing symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, while also displaying cardioprotective benefits and lowering blood pressure.
If you want to learn more about how CBD can help you sleep better, then I wrote an in-depth article explaining the different ways that CBD may be able to help, including links to relevant research and evidence, which you can view here “Does CBD help with sleep?”.
CBD and melatonin for sleep
On top of all these great benefits offered by CBD, many brands are starting to tailor their products towards sleep even more by combining CBD with melatonin.
Melatonin is another natural sleep aid that helps to prepare your body for sleep and both of these compounds are essential in the regulation of your sleep-wake cycle.
If you have used melatonin to help you sleep in the past, then you’re going to love the combination of CBD sleep gummies with melatonin. All-in-one CBD melatonin gummies are super convenient, saving you from having to take two different products at night while being great at handling even the most severe sleep issues.
CBN for sleep
Over the last few years, CBN has gained quite a reputation for itself as the sleep cannabinoid, despite the lack of scientific evidence to back it up. CBN isn’t thought to make you feel sleepy by itself, but when it’s combined with CBD, it’s thought to massively amp up the sedative qualities of the CBD.
This isn’t the only compound synergy that has been found within hemp and cannabis as many cannabinoids have been found to work together to produce more powerful results. The wide range of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids working together in the hemp cannabis plant create what is known as the “entourage effect”.
THC for sleep
THC has been more widely studied than any other cannabinoid and there have been numerous studies on using THC for sleep. Many studies have also had great results using combinations of THC and CBD.
Interestingly, lower doses of THC seem to work better than higher doses, so if you are interested in trying THC gummies for sleep, then a little goes a long way. It may even be best to start with a full-spectrum CBD gummy to see how a low dose of THC feels for you.
Low doses of THC have been found to have a mild sedative effect, improving the time it takes to fall asleep, decreasing REM sleep, and increasing total sleep time and deep sleep.
High doses of THC have been found to decrease REM and deep sleep, increase sleep onset latency, as well as have hallucinatory actions.
Note: A hemp plant needs to contain no more than .3% THC (of the dry weight) in order to classify as hemp instead of cannabis. When you purchase a CBD product, make sure to verify its content by looking at the third-party lab testing.
Other sleepy ingredients
- L-Theanine – promotes relaxation without drowsiness
- 5-HTP – increases melatonin production and improves sleep quality
- Ashwagandha – improves sleep quality and sleep onset times
- GABA – promotes relaxation and sleep in mind and body and helps you sleep more soundly GABA is also thought to work synergistically with 5-HTP and one human study showed that the combination of the two effectively “reduced time to fall asleep, decreased sleep latency, increased the duration of sleep, and improved quality of sleep.”
What are the benefits of taking sleep gummies?
When you take sleep gummies, they may help make you more drowsy at bedtime and help you fall asleep faster. This could increase your sleep duration overall, if you usually have trouble getting to sleep at night. Sleep gummies can also help improve your sleep quality by reducing the number of times you wake up at night, helping you drift into a deeper, more restful sleep.
And the benefits of getting more sleep or better quality sleep are far-reaching. Once your sleep habits have improved, you can expect improvements to overall health, you’ll wake up feeling more refreshed in the mornings, and improve your overall quality of life.
CBD sleep gummies that use high-quality ingredients are an excellent choice for improving overall sleep quality and decreasing stress levels without any common side effects.
Improve your physical and mental health
Whether they have CBD in them, THC, or melatonin, any gummies that help you sleep will help to dramatically improve your health. As mentioned previously, getting a good night’s sleep is more essential to your physical and mental health than you may have ever realized.
According to the CDC, “Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.”
If sleep gummies can help you achieve seven hours of sleep per night, then it may also be adding years to your life expectancy.
Improve your partner’s physical and mental health
If you share a bed with a light-sleeping partner, then your partner will also appreciate the fact that you’re getting more restful sleep. The less you wake up, the less you’ll accidentally wake your partner up.
I have housemates too, so the amount of times I’ve probably woken up other people in the house too, simply by roaming around and trying to kill time before I feel sleepy again… I can safely say that everyone in the house gets better sleep now I do!
You wake up feeling more refreshed
If you’ve been suffering from sleep problems for quite a while now, then you may have forgotten what it feels like to wake up feeling properly rested and refreshed.
Getting up when your alarm goes off becomes easier than ever and you no longer have that afternoon slump in energy after lunch. Daytime sleepiness can be difficult to deal with and getting a good night’s sleep may help to eliminate it completely.
Improve your quality of life
Finding and taking a sleep gummy that improves your sleep quality will not just improve your health, but also your quality of life. There have even been studies that prove it! You’ll find that your mood is improved because you’re not tired all the time. You’ll find it easier to stay focused, motivate yourself, and spend time and energy on others.
Are gummies the best delivery method?
In all honesty, the best consumption method for one person isn’t necessarily going to be the best method for another. To help you decide if they’ll be the best CBD delivery method for you, I’ve highlighted the pros and cons involved below.
The main advantages of taking CBD gummies over other consumption methods include the fact that they’re delicious, long-lasting, and they make the dosing really easy.
Gummies are the most enjoyable consumption method
Taking your favorite “sleep better formula” via a fruit flavored gummy isn’t the cheapest option around, but it is the tastiest and most enjoyable one.
When it comes to CBD oils for sleep, they can be very tasty, but they do involve holding a slick solution under your tongue for as long as possible. It always seems that people try to talk to me the moment I’ve put the oil under my tongue as well, so all I can do is point and grunt, hoping they’ll still remember what they wanted in two or three minutes’ time.
Some people find pills difficult to swallow and some people simply have too many to take before bed each night already, so why not treat yourself to some CBD sleep gummies and make your CBD for sleep a more enjoyable experience.
Taking your CBD orally, via an edible like this, also means that the vast majority of the CBD will be entering your bloodstream after it’s been digested. You often have to wait upwards of 45 minutes for the gummies to take effect, but once they’re in your system, they’ll stay in your system the longest, exerting effects for six to eight hours.
Which is pretty perfect for sleeping, right?
Gummies offer accurate, quick, and easy dosing
Gummies also offer an extremely accurate dosing method, with no effort at all from you (apart from removing the child-proof cap!). There’s no measuring or preparation needed and no chance of spills or miscounting drops. Just pop one (or two) gummies in your mouth and savor their sweet, delicious flavor.
CBD sleep gummies side effects
CBD is generally very well tolerated, carrying infrequent and mild side effects only. Some adverse effects that have been recorded include a dry mouth, diarrhea, and reduced appetite, as well as drowsiness and fatigue, which in this case wouldn’t be a side effect, but rather a sought-after one.
How many CBD gummies should I take for sleep?
The number of CBD-infused gummies you’ll need to take for sleep will depend on the strength of the gummies, as well as your current experience with CBD. If you’re new to CBD, then I recommend you start with just one 10-15mg gummy.
If you don’t notice any change in your sleep after a couple of nights, then you could try increasing your dosage to two gummies.
What mg CBD gummies are best for sleep?
Finding your ideal CBD dosage may be trickier than you think, as different people respond to CBD in different ways. Plus, your ideal dose may depend on your physiology, age, weight, and metabolism. For a rough guide to dosage by body weight, you can check out our article on CBD dosage here.
For many people, 10-15mg of CBD is plenty to help them sleep better at night, but if you already take CBD in the daytime, then you may find a slightly larger dose (20-25mg of CBD) to be more effective.
Lower dose gummies offer more versatility as they allow you to take one, two, or three gummies as needed. Larger dose gummies may work out to be more cost effective, but they do make it more difficult to accurately increase your dose by small amounts (as you’d have to bite a gummy in half).
Does Delta 8 help you sleep?
If you’ve ever tried any form of THC, then you’ll most likely have noticed how well you sleep when you’re on it. Even people who aren’t interested in getting high are using THC gummies for sleep.
Cannabinoids in general are thought to help regulate your sleep/wake cycle and Delta 8 THC may help you sleep better by promoting relaxation, and relieving anxiety, stress, and pain.
Taking a legal THC gummy before bed is also a great alternative to weed for sleep, so if you’re looking to cut down but are worried about not being able to sleep properly, then these gummies are sure to help!.
How much Delta 8 should I take to sleep?
Everything we know about cannabinoids so far seems to point towards the fact that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to dosing. People seem to have different sensitivities to CBD and THC, so what works as an ideal sleep dose for one person may not be enough, or even be too much, for another.
If you’re completely new to THC then I’d recommend you start with a low dose. Most companies sell Delta 8 gummies in 25mg servings, so I would recommend that you start with half a gummy at first.
I have a fairly low tolerance for THC but am not completely new to it. I take one full gummy (25mg) and find it perfect for helping me sleep.
My husband has a higher tolerance for THC and finds he needs around 75mg of Delta 8 to notice effects.
What are the best edibles for anxiety and insomnia?
CBD gummies are hugely popular and are widely thought to be the best edibles for both sleep and anxiety, but I do have a couple of friends who prefer to eat a small square of CBD chocolate or munch on a cookie before bed. Luckily they don’t have kids, so they can keep their supply in the fridge during the summer, but you wouldn’t be able to do this if you do have children in the house.
I personally find gummies more convenient than other edibles as, not only do they often come with a child-proof cap, but I can also keep them in the bathroom or next to my bed, whatever the weather. Also, I can eat a gummy without wanting to finish the bottle and I’m not sure I can say the same about chocolate…
CBD gummies for better sleep and a better life
There is a mounting body of research that shows CBD can improve sleep for the vast majority of people that try it. Whether it’s by helping them relax and fall asleep faster or stay asleep for longer, CBD is helping a lot of people around the world live their best lives.
There is also a cannabinoid-based therapy, currently called ZTL-101, that is in human clinical trials to see if it can help people suffering from sleep deprivation due to clinical insomnia. The composition of ZTL-101 hasn’t been made public, but it’s said to contain a combination of CBD, CBN, and THC.
Phase 1 of clinical trials was a great success, so we may see a cannabinoid-based medication become available on prescription for sleep disorders sooner than we think!
If you want to get ahead of the game, then we’ve got five really effective and great-tasting gummy options to choose from above and hope they can help you sleep better, like they did us.
Will you choose Fab CBD’s winning blend of ancient herbs, CBD, and melatonin? Oregon Originals’ relaxing combination of CBD, CBN, and melatonin to get you bed-ready? Green Unicorn Farms’ classic CBD-only gummies that could be used in the daytime too? Arete Hemps’ KO Dream gummies? Or Binoid’s Delta 8 THC gummies?
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