Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
When we first opened the bottle of cbdMD CBD PM Oil Tincture Spray we immediately noticed that this sleep-inducing CBD spray smelled intensely minty — like, intensely minty. The overall effect is not unlike that of a dental product — clean, bright, and quite potent. It’s almost a little aggressive, which makes us think that the flavor will reflect that, erm, zeal. Then again, the powerful mint scent makes sense, as the drops contain a proprietary blend of passion flower, cascade hops, valerian root, chamomile flower, and lemon balm, along with melatonin.
Some of these compounds, most notably stinky valerian, and bitter hops, likely impart a stronger taste than CBD alone that the extra dose of mint extract attempts to help mask. Having smelled and tasted straight valerian root before (it’s sometimes brewed into a tea — a very pungent, smelly tea — or sold in capsules), we’re willing to bet that the flavor of this sleep oil will be more tolerable than it would be without the mint, but we’ll see.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects)
The spray format of this oil amplifies the flavor while dispersing it throughout the mouth, making for a very, erm, potent experience. The flavor of the oil is intensely, unmistakably minty, to the point of being a bit astringent and a touch bitter on the finish. The flavor is also long-lasting — it sticks around for several minutes after consumption and did produce some unpleasant minty burps in a few testers.
That said, the spray format helps the oil absorb through the mucosa of the mouth, making for faster absorption into the bloodstream and, therefore, a quicker onset of effects. So, really, it’s a bit of a trade-off — faster sleepiness, but a very intense taste that may not be appealing. If the spray pump is too aggressive for you, you can use the included dropper to dose sublingually; just be sure to hold it under your tongue for about a minute.
While a glass of water after taking the oil helps to reduce the taste (we strongly suggest you avoid orange juice!), we found we liked this spray best when we used it a few minutes before brushing our teeth. We administered the recommended dose of 5 sprays, then waited 5-10 minutes before starting our evening dental hygiene routine. This allowed us to get rid of the overly minty taste in time for bed.
The CBD sleep spray itself is a yellow amber in color and clear. The oil is free-flowing and absorbs quickly into the soft tissues of the mouth when sprayed orally. As with any oil, it may stain clothing and upholstery, so be sure to mind the positioning of the sprayer before pressing down on it. Also, it helps to use the included protective cap between doses, especially while traveling.
The spray pump propels the product into the mouth at considerable force in a fine, misty stream. It’s effective, but it is also pretty intense and disperses the product in a way that magnifies the flavor (which, as we mentioned before, is already pretty extreme). If you find the sprayer to be too much, you can always use the included dropper for dosing instead.
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity)
Between the 16 mg of organic CBD per mL (5 sprays), the proprietary herbal blend of soothing, sleep-promoting, plant-derived extracts, and a healthy dose of melatonin (5 mg), the primary effect we’re expecting to feel from this sleep spray is, well, sleepiness. While we did notice the same pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties we get from our daytime dose of CBD, but since this product is specifically designed to enhance sleep, we’re going to focus on those effects in particular.
With that in mind, we noticed the beginnings of sleepiness within about 15 to 30 minutes of taking the spray. It wasn’t the kind of knockout hit that pharmaceutical sleep aids deliver, but it was notable and made it difficult to stay awake after more than about 45 minutes. We felt nighttime anxieties ease (you know, those late-night thoughts your brain kicks out to remind you of every embarrassing thing you’ve ever done with no provocation), our muscles relaxed, and it was easier to settle in for a good night’s sleep.
Those of us who tend to suffer from insomnia noticed it took less time for us to fall asleep, by about 20-30 minutes (which we consider substantial, especially when you’re used to taking an hour or more to fall asleep, like some of our testers). Those of us who don’t normally have difficulty sleeping slept soundly and went to sleep very quickly compared to our normal “shutdown” times and awoke rested and refreshed.
Additionally, our team members that have trouble staying asleep at night were better able to sleep more soundly, waking up less frequently throughout the night. When we did wake up from sleep, we had an easier time getting back to sleep without getting out of bed (some of us are nighttime “wanderers,” and these drops reduced that tendency).
In the morning, we felt more rested and refreshed than usual, without the grogginess produced by some sleep aids. Since the quality of our sleep was better, we felt more alert upon waking. The CBD in the sleep spray helped keep chronic pain and inflammation at bay throughout the night, easing morning stiffness and early joint pain. We found not just sleeping itself to be easier but waking up as well. That said, we wouldn’t recommend taking the sleep spray if you have to be awake in less than 6 hours, or you may end up a little groggy the next morning.
Best used for
As the name suggests, this CBD spray is intended for help getting to sleep and staying asleep. Because of its melatonin and herbal content — on top of the anxiolytic effects of CBD — it induces drowsiness and pronounced relaxation pretty quickly, so it’s not an ideal product for daytime use. Taken within an hour of when you intend to go to bed, however, it’s a very effective sleep aid to help you doze off quickly and stay asleep throughout the night, awakening rested and refreshed.
Best used with (Complimentary Product)
The CBD sleep spray is effective as a systemic product to relax the body and induce feelings of drowsiness without causing dependence or tolerance. That said, if you find yourself in need of targeted relaxation and pain relief, we like a topical CBD product the inflammation cream or CBD pain freeze roll-on by cbdMD. Your topical of choice will soothe pain and aid relaxation from the outside while the drops work from within to promote quality sleep and alleviate pain.
Each 30 mL bottle contains 500 mg of organic CBD, along with melatonin and a proprietary blend of sleep-promoting herbs. At $44.99 per bottle, this works out to a per-milligram price of just under $0.09 (or about $1.43 per 1 mL dose), which is reasonable for the dosage strength, effectiveness, and quality of the product. At this price point, these sleep drops are in keeping with cbdMD’s affordable pricing structure.
In terms of PM-specific CBD products, we were pretty impressed with the efficacy of this sleep spray. It’s effective, it’s affordable, and it’s made with organic, sustainably-grown CBD. This sleep spray meets our CBD Buyer’s Guide criteria for quality, purity, and potency.
Not only that, but it made a notable difference even for testers with severe sleep issues — not a silver bullet, but certainly helpful — and we feel that’s worth noting. Good sleep is so important to overall health, and natural products like this spray can help promote quality rest without causing dependence or building tolerance in consumers.
Shake Well Before Using
Suggested Use: Take 30 minutes before bedtime as melatonin may produce drowsiness.
Storage: Keep away from heat, light, and humidity to preserve freshness.
Serving Size: 1 mL (5 sprays)
Servings Per Bottle: 30
Calories: 9 (<1%)
Calories from Fat: 9 (<1%)
Total Fat: 1 g (2%)
Saturated Fat: 1 g (5%)
MCT Oil: 1 g
Proprietary Blend: 250 mg
Passion Flower, Cascade Hops, Valerian Root, Chamomile Flower, Lemon Balm
Cannabidiol (CBD): 16 mg
Melatonin: 5 mg
Other Ingredients: Mint Extract