I will start by admitting two things: 1) When it comes to CBD, I am a dilettante. I’ve tried a few tinctures, a few prerolls, but ultimately haven’t spent a lot of time truly A/B testing the impact of CBD on my body in any real way. 2) I have spent a ridiculous amount of time in my life trying anything and everything to help with sleep. Meditation apps, melatonin, white noise, you name it.
So when CBD Pillow reached out, I was intrigued and excited to give it a try. The first two nights with my new pillow, I definitely felt like the average time it takes me to fall asleep decreased. And I experienced what felt like a much deeper, higher quality of sleep too.
I’m not sure if I am used to the pillow’s properties at this point, or if the state of the world has forever destroyed my chill (seems more likely!), but I haven’t returned to the same state of super-easy super-deep sleep since I first tried the pillow. Ideally I would have tested this pillow in a vacuum with no outside factors, but unfortunately sleep is a pretty subjective subject–especially when we’re in the midst of several real, anxiety-inducing crises.
The good news is that I really love the feel of the pillow—the pillowcase isn’t too plush for my liking and, perhaps more importantly, it has just the right amount of firm. I prefer a pretty flat pillow and am not a huge fan of memory foam on most occasions, but this one has just the right balance; you can also remove the fill and customize to your heart’s content. If you like a super-firm memory foam, this probably won’t be the pillow for you.
More things to like: The foam is hypoallergenic and is CertiPUR-US and Greenguard Gold certified. If you read the reviews of the pillow, a few mention a slight smell (a product of the terpenes in cannabis), which I did notice initially but wasn’t bothered by, and it wore off after a few nights. Another thing to note is that it’s recommended to replace the pillowcase ($49) every six months to get a fresh dose of CBD.
For the price tag, I might have been disappointed by this result (full disclosure: I was gifted the pillow), but the brand does offer a 30-night refund, and I still have a really comfortable pillow I enjoy at the end of the day. Did CBD Pillow cure my insomnia? Maybe not forever, but TLDR: It sure didn’t hurt.