The Curfew Dream Blanket is infused with calming CBD, but the effects I felt were minimal at best and wore off quickly

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  • The Dream Blanket ($295) from Bear Mattress sibling brand, Curfew, is the world’s first CBD-infused blanket.
  • The blanket is very soft and comfortable. It feels like a perfectly broken-in sweatshirt.
  • Ultimately, though, the added benefits of the CBD are too negligible to recommend it as a sleep aid.
  • I spoke with Johns Hopkins University cannabis researcher Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D., and he wasn’t convinced the blanket was a viable way to administer CBD.

The Curfew Dream Blanket arrived in a nicely branded navy box with the tissue-paper-wrapped blanket occupying about three-quarters of the box and the brand’s CBD-infused Nightly Soothing Salve — a free gift with purchase for a limited time — occupying a cut-out in the other quarter.

Pulling the polyester-cotton-rayon-blend blanket out of the packaging, I was a bit surprised by how small it was. I assumed, as a sleep aid, it would be large enough to cover my bed, but it turned out to be 50 inches by 60 inches — the standard size of a throw blanket. But the smaller-than-expected size aside, it’s a gloriously soft blanket. The quilted gray fabric — the only color available — feels just like a perfectly worn-in sweatshirt. Definitely highly snugglable.

The scene that followed was straight out of a high school stoner movie. I draped the blanket over myself, sat, and waited. A few minutes later my partner asked, “Well, do you feel anything yet?” “I don’t think so. I mean, maybe. Actually, wait, I think I do,” was my hesitant reply.

I felt a wash of calm come over me — at least, I think I did. I handed it over to my partner who was pretty sure she felt the same thing. But I wasn’t convinced that it wasn’t just the power of suggestion, so I put it through its paces over the course of a few months, mostly using it for naps on the couch and evening TV-watching sessions.

A few times, I curled up with it as I worked from home during the day and found myself nodding off to sleep as I tried to write. No more using it during work hours after that. I also slept with it through the night for two weeks to see if it actually helped as a sleep aid. But the longer I used the blanket, the less I felt it did much of anything. The effects didn’t quite hold up over time.

I wanted to get some objective data as to whether or not the Dream Blanket was helping me sleep — mid-pandemic, mind you, so anxiety levels were high, and sleep felt elusive some nights. I began wearing a Fitbit with a sleep tracker. I recorded my sleeping patterns for a week without the blanket. Then I brought the Dream Blanket into the mix.

Since it’s most effective when in direct contact with skin, that’s where I placed it — under all my blankets, in direct contact with my body. The idea was to sleep with the Dream Blanket for a week and compare the sleep data. And I did sleep with it for a week, but the tracker on my Fitbit didn’t want to play nice. It only recorded four days’ worth of data. But the data it did record was inconclusive at best. In fact, it said I slept worse with the blanket than without it. Data aside, I didn’t feel much difference in my quality of sleep over the course of my two-week experiment.

After two months of testing, I was ready to conclude that the Dream Blanket simply didn’t work very well for me. But I wasn’t quite ready to give up on it entirely. After all, CBD affects everyone differently, and maybe topical CBD isn’t the best route of administration for me.

Maybe the Dream Blanket would affect others more strongly. So I went back to cannabis researcher Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D. to see if a CBD-infused blanket was even a viable CBD administrator in the first place.

What does the science say?

Vandrey was not surprised to hear of my difficulties with the Dream Blanket, especially several weeks into using it. I certainly expected the blanket’s effectiveness to degrade over time, but it seemed to only work in the first few days of unboxing. Vandrey had an explanation as to why: “CBD degrades when exposed to heat and light,” said Vandrey. “When you’re snuggling your body up inside of a blanket and you’re raising the heat, or if you put the blanket out on your bed and the sun comes through the window and hits it, there’s no reason to believe the CBD is going to stay there very long.”

He was also curious as to how the CBD was being transferred to the skin. I explained the whole microencapsulation process, but I noted that I never felt anything on my skin after using the blanket — no oily substance or lotion or anything that would indicate that there was something other than pure CBD isolate inside the microcapsules. That was a red flag for Vandrey. He said, “There’s been no demonstration of CBD being dermally absorbed without some kind of other agent mixed in with it that helps emulsify the CBD — a permeation enhancer. In the absence of anything like that, there’s no evidence to suggest that pure CBD in any form would actually be dermally absorbed.”

Basically, there can be all the CBD in the world on the blanket, but if your body doesn’t have a way to absorb it, it’s not going to have any effect. I also found it interesting that heat — the very thing that helps to open the microcapsules — is actually an enemy of CBD.

The bottom line

If you’re going to buy the Curfew Dream Blanket, first make sure that you’d be satisfied with spending $295 on a blanket that’s simply just a blanket. If it’s a purchase you can justify without any potential added benefits of CBD, then you won’t be disappointed.

For me, the blanket only had mild effects at the beginning of my using it. I felt a bit calmer than I have when using other blankets, and I fell asleep under it on the couch a few times. But my miniature sleep study didn’t produce any hard evidence that the blanket worked as a sleep aid — its main advertised purpose. And though my Fitbit test wasn’t as complete as I’d hoped, the research that Vandrey spoke about was enough to convince me that the data it did provide was enough to prove that the blanket wasn’t my ticket to a perfect slumber. 

Due to CBD’s tendency to break down with exposure to light and heat, this is ultimately a product with a short shelf-life as far as any potential drug effects are concerned. But it’s a nice, soft, sweatshirt-like blanket that you’ll be able to continue to use after any CBD effects wear off.

Ultimately, though, it’s not a blanket I’d readily spend $295 on when the added benefits of the CBD are so negligible.

In light of my results, Curfew responded to my request for comment with the following:

“While everyone’s experience with CBD varies, we stand by the value of the Dream Blanket. We are very bullish on microencapsulated textiles for both CBD, and other essential oils that promote a healthier lifestyle.

There is no question that CBD affects people in different ways and every consumer’s personal experience with CBD products — be it textiles, edibles, capsules, or topicals – is just that – personal, and will vary.”

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