Apr 4, 2016 8:25 AM

Marijuana Research Studies: How Cannabis Affects Sleep

Medical marijuana studies and reports show that using marijuana can affect our sleep. While many weed devotees know that cannabis can make us sleepy and help get rid of insomnia, that is not the only thing we should know about smoking marijuana. Let us find out all the peculiarities of marijuana as a sleep aid.

Sleep Effectiveness of CBD and THC

THC strains are rather widespread in the United States. That is why most of us are familiar with their effects. If the strain contains more THC than CBD, it means that it will make you high, while the strain rich in CBD will not. The minimum high can be provided by the strains that have approximately the same content of THC and CBD. However, CBD-dominated strains are not widespread in the United States. That is why it is rather hard to compare the two types. But the research conducted in 2006 shed some light on this problem and showed that CBD strains were a good choice for daytime use and people who suffer from somnolence. However, it is not recommended to use high-CBD strains before sleep.

Why Is Indica Better?

It is a well-known fact that indica strains are better in case you seek relaxation and good sleep, while sativa provides you with an uplifting effect and makes you energetic and active. Why does it happen? Some studies show that almost all indica strains that make you sleepy include terpene. While most indica strains contain more terpene than their sativa competitors, the former provide patients with a better chillaxing effect.

Aged Cannabis

It is said that when you smoke aged weed, it is better for your sleep. But why does it happen? The thing is that THC tends to turn into CBN (cannabinol) with time. CBN is a sedating chemical that has a great relaxing effect. However, CBN takes a long time forming.

Mixing Marijuana With Natural Medical Products

If you want to increase the effectiveness of cannabis for a better sleep, you can pair it with some natural remedies like hops, chamomile, valerian, or lavender. In that case, the sedative efficacy will be greater and provide you with an enhanced sleeping experience.

Weed Helps Fall Asleep Faster

That is true. Cannabis relieves you from stress and provides the necessary relaxation so that your body and mind are ready for a good sleep. But remember that weed-infused edibles will affect you differently. While it takes longer to notice their effects, you will probably have to wait until you fall asleep. However, they are great to stay asleep longer because of their gradual action.

Marijuana Hangover

Some patients do not feel very well after smoking weed the night before. The so-called “hangover” cannot be comparable to the alcohol one, but you may feel a little bit dehydrated, dry-eyed, and foggy. If you want to avoid such symptoms, use only clean and tested marijuana. And try to drink a lot of water and eat healthy food in the morning afterwards.

REM Sleep and Dreams

REM sleep, or rapid eye movement sleep, is a phase when a person has dreams. If you are a constant marijuana user, your REM sleep reduces, which means that you may lack dreams. If having dreams means a lot for you, just stop using cannabis for a while, and you will experience the so-called “REM rebound.”

Improved Breathing

Many of us suffer from sleep apnea. Apnea is an obstruction of breath that can happen anytime at night and last for several seconds or even a few minutes. When it happens, we wake up and do not get enough sleep. Some of us feel irritable and suffer from headaches due to apnea. Smoking cannabis can help patients get rid of night apnea because THC is capable of improving your breathing.

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