12 Surprising Facts About Marijuana and Sleep
Cannabis is a very helpful sleeping aid, no wonder it is a go-to choice for most people who suffer from sleeping disorders. People who suffer from insomnia or have trouble with their sleeping patterns can use cannabis as a sleeping aid a few hours before going to bed. Marijuana is not only therapeutic but it helps you fall asleep faster, gives you deeper and longer restful sleep with minimal dreams.
Studies have been conducted since the 1970’s and the researchers have found out that using cannabis tremendously helps improve the sleep patterns of insomniac people. Here’s all you need to know about pot.
Which is better for sleep, CBD or THC?
Cannabidiol or CBD as is commonly known as a chemical component found in the plant cannabis. It has been used to help with pain, nausea, as a sleeping aid as well a mood stabilizer. Cannabis has more than eighty cannabinoids, however, two of these (CBD AND THC) are widely known for their medicinal purpose. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is a chemical component of cannabis that has the ‘high’ impact.
CBD has been shown to help with anxiety which means that it can help in improving your sleep quality as well as suppressing sleeping difficulties. It is ideal in treating insomnia especially in people suffering from severe pain. However, when consumed in lesser does, it helps in reducing sleepiness during the day by stimulating alertness. This, in the long run, ensures that your body is active and performs at an optimum during the day and at night you are able to sleep better, thus improving your sleep cycle and keeping it consistent.
People who suffer from the REM behavior disorder are better treated with CBD which helps ensure that they don’t go into paralysis which is often the case with this disorder. CBD is also recommended for people with Parkinson’s diseases as well as those suffering from PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder.
THC, on the other hand, comes in handy if you need a sedative. It helps you fall asleep simply by putting you into a relaxed mood. THC, therefore, is stronger in inducing direct sleep compared to CBD.
The important thing when it comes to either using CBD or THC is to identify the source of your sleeping disorder. If its anxiety or insomnia then CBD is what you should go for, however, if you are looking for a product that has a psychoactive component which will leave you feeling high but at the same time put you to sleep almost instantly, then THC is what you need.
Indica is a Better Sleeping Aid
Once you decide to treat your insomnia with marijuana, it is important to identify which strain is suitable for you. This is more or less like choosing some tea blend. You can choose black or white tea or decide that hybrid tea is what works best for you. There are different types of marijuana, with the most common being Sativa, Indica and Hybrid.
Sativa tends to give you an energized excitement which makes you happy. Indica, on the other hand, soothes and relaxes you. The hybrid marijuana is a combination of both Sativa and indica.
Indica has been shown to induce heavier sleep compared to other marijuana such as Sativa. This is because this indica is great in relieving stress and giving you relaxation. Indica has higher CBD levels compared to THC levels. You are thus able to fall asleep faster, sleep longer and even have a very restful sleep cycle.
Old Marijuana is better for sleep
“Old is gold,” they say. Well, just like fine wine gets tastier as it ages; with age, weed matures. Never throw away you old weed, it is never bad weed! Dried out or older marijuana is better for sleeping compared to freshly harvested weed. The secret is that some of the THC in the weed degrades over time and gets converted into a compound known as cannabinol or CBN. CBN is a stronger sedative compared to THC.
Proper drying, curing, and storage of marijuana have a huge impact on the quality of the final product, including its chemical composition. Exposure of THC to wind, light or air over a particular period of time is what helps in the releases of CBN which helps in relieving pain, treating insomnia, inflammations as well as convulsions among other conditions.
Natural Herbs Improve the Effectiveness of Cannabis on Sleep
Marijuana is an ideal way to treat your sleeping disorders, however combining it with natural sleeping aids can give you better, longer sleep and more restful nights. There are terpenoids that are exceptionally synergistic in the company of CBN. You can find some in the marijuana plant while you can also get others from natural herbs. Examples include lavender, hops and chamomile which have high levels of terpenes. If you combine these herbs in your sleep aid remedy, the chances are that they will significantly improve the effectiveness of sedation.
It doesn’t have to be complicated, just pair your favorite marijuana sleepy strain with a bubble bath that has some lavender in it or a nice cup of some chamomile tea.
Marijuana helps in Falling Asleep Quickly
Taking pot as a sleeping aid is somewhat almost like taking some chamomile tea before getting into bed, only this time you are taking something stronger and more effective. If you take pot an hour or so before getting into bed, once you are there you will fall asleep very quickly.
It is, however, important to keep in mind that moderation is key when it comes to the use of this herb. Too much of marijuana can have a counteractive effect on your sleep.
Enjoy Deeper Sleep & Longer Rest
Research has shown that taking marijuana before getting into bed results in longer and deep sleep. Cannabis increases the amount of time you spend in slow wave (deep) sleep which medically is a very beneficial phase of sleep because it is at this phase that your body’s rejuvenation and revitalization occurs.
Marijuana Hinders Dreams & REM Sleep
Regular consumption of marijuana can cause dream reduction. Dreams mostly occur at the last stage of the sleep cycle which is known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep when your brain is most active. Ingesting cannabis before you go to bed reduces this phase and consequently reduces the number of dreams you have as well as your ability to remember them vividly. Now, you know why your friends who use pot never recall their dreams! Less Rapid Eye Movement, on the other hand, results in a more soporific sleep.
It is important too, however, note that if you stop using marijuana, you are likely to experience more dreams that are coherent in nature.
Using Pot at Night can Result in a “Hangover.”
Just the same way alcohol gives you a hangover, cannabis is no different. After taking a pot at night, you might feel groggy in the morning. You are likely to experience mild hangovers if you did not take too much cannabis. However, if you got too excited and overindulged the headaches, red and dry eyes, fatigue and brain fog may be a little too much for a good morning. You may also have an awful hangover if you smoke low-grade marijuana or one that has too much pesticide on it.
The best options when it comes to pot is to make sure that you get a clean pot or one that has been tested, do not over indulge but rather take it in moderation, have a healthy diet and take loads of water. Nurse your pot hangover just like you would an alcohol hangover.
Cannabis Promotes Better Breathing
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects 9% of women and 25% of men. Those suffering from this condition exhibit disrupted breathing while sleeping which makes them wake up severally during the night. As a result, these individuals end up suffering from fatigue, headaches, daytime sleepiness, mood disturbances, inattentiveness, being susceptible to road accidents as well as other health issues such as heart problems and diabetes.
Marijuana and more specifically THC has been shown to help with this condition. A study has shown that THC has as an antitussive and anti-inflammatory activity which helps in treating a wide variety of disorders which include Parkinson’s disease. Previous studies have also shown that there is a likelihood that CBD can help in the fight against lung cancer and in the treatment of inflammatory lung diseases.
It is, however, important to note that vaporizing marijuana is the best way to smoke pot because you are able to get the medicinal compounds of the herb without necessarily getting exposed to the negative side effects of pot.
Discontinuing Use leads to Insomnia and Irritability
Discontinuing the usage of marijuana after using it over an extended period of time can result in not so good a feeling. You are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms such as feeling groggy, waking up frequently at night as well as tossing and turning. This is because your body built a tolerance to the herb and now that you are denying it, it is trying to adjust to the new change. At this stage, your body is going through some detoxification process.
A research has shown that people who quit pot experience anger, insomnia and irritability. Long-term pot users who decide to quit have less REM sleep, shorter sleep duration, and a poor sleeping pattern. Apparently, quitting tobacco and marijuana have similar withdrawal symptoms; however, pot quitters tend to have more difficulty in getting sleep compared to tobacco quitters.
Using Marijuana in Teenhood Can Lead to Sleep Troubles
Starting the use of marijuana at an early age especially in your teen years is likely to cause you sleeping problems in the future. Research has shown that using pot at the age of fifteen may make you insomniac once you are an adult. In result, you will experience less rest and feel too tired during the day.
Easily Fall Asleep
Studies on the impact of pot on sleep show that indeed, THC, a major component of the pot helps you sleep easier if you take it an hour or two before going to bed. Many people tend to struggle with sleeping even after a hard day’s work. Have you ever had that experience? You are so tired and you can’t wait to get to bed but once you are in bed, all you do is toss and turn although your head feels sleepy AF. Marijuana (taken in small doses) will help you fall asleep easier without any struggles. However, only use it as a sleeping aid occasionally. This is because the more you use it, the more your body becomes tolerant to it and the less effective it becomes.
If you have doubted the effectiveness of marijuana for medicinal purposes, now you have the facts. Not only does not help you in sleeping better but it also helps you avoid some of those over the counter drugs that do more harm than good for your body. Pot also helps regularize your sleep (especially women) during their monthly period when the hormones are acting up.