, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 263–265 | Cite as

Hypnoticlike effects of cannabidiol in the rat

  • Jaime M. Monti


The actions of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the cannabis constituents, were assessed on the sleep-wakefulness cycle of male Wistar rats.

During acute experiments, single doses of 20 mg/kg CBD decreased slow-wave sleep (SWS) latency. After 40 mg/kg SWS time was significantly increased while wakefulness was decreased. REM sleep was not significantly modified. Following the once-daily injections of 40 mg/kg CBD for a period of 15 days, tolerance developed to all the above-mentioned effects.

Key words

Cannabidiol Cannabis sativa Slow-wave sleep Wakefulness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaime M. Monti
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  1. 1.Departamento de PsicobiologíaEscola Paulista de MedicinaSão PauloBrasil

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