Scientists have learned a lot about how marijuana affects sleep
If you suffer from insomnia, marijuana is likely to be much safer than commonly used medications to treat it and can be highly beneficial for you. Insomnia is extremely common as well as 1 in 4 Americans have acute insomnia at some point during the year, and the same study found that 1 in 10 people in America deal with chronic insomnia, which means that the benefits of cannabis for this condition are likely to affect a lot of people. However, you may have heard mixed things about using cannabis to help you sleep, which is because there are a few important caveats that you need to be aware of.
You’ll get to sleep more quickly
Marijuana has been shown to ease anxiety, which can help you to get to sleep. However, certain cannabinoids actually have sleep-inducing properties. Not only can THC act as a sedative, but some of the latest marijuana news shows that CBD and CBN also have sedative effects for individuals with insomnia.
It leads to a deep and sometimes dreamless sleep
In many cases, marijuana will suppress REM sleep to the point where you dream less or even do not have any dreams that you remember. However, cannabis can also increase the amount of slow-wave sleep that you get, which can lead to a sleep that feels much more restful than it would otherwise.
Cannabis can lead to healthier breathing patterns during sleep
If you suffer from sleep apnea, smoking marijuana may help to prevent episodes of breathing problems during sleep, which can lead to you feeling much more rested when you wake up. The benefits of cannabis for sleep apnea sufferers were found in a study that discovered that THC led to a 42% reduction in apnea episodes! Breathing difficulties as a result of sleep apnea often cause interruptions in sleep, which can lead to sleep deprivation and difficulty concentrating.
Smoking too much can have a hangover-like effect
If you smoke too much marijuana at night, it may lead to feeling less well-rested the next day. However, the after-effects of cannabis vary significantly from one individual to another and also between strains, which means that you may not always notice this.
The effects on sleep depend on what strain you choose
In general, indica strains tend to be better for promoting sleep than sativa strains. That’s because these strains tend to have a mixture of CBD and THC, which tends to make the high mellower and more likely to put you to sleep.
In fact, some recent marijuana news indicates that CBN has sedative effects that are comparable to valium in intensity for many users when it’s taken in sufficient amounts, which means that it’s important to pay attention to the amount of this cannabinoid in a strain that you’re using for insomnia. However, it’s typically found in fairly low concentrations in the marijuana plant at less than 1%.
However, the concentration of this compound rises as dried cannabis ages, which can make older cannabis flower a good source of this compound. You do want to make sure that the strain that you choose for insomnia is high in THC, which is thought to be responsible for a large portion of marijuana’s sedative effects.
Can you mix cannabis with sleep-inducing supplements?
In most cases, yes, which can greatly improve the effectiveness of marijuana as a sleep aid. For example, it is safe and can be very effective to combine marijuana with melatonin or chamomile to induce a sedative effect. However, you’ll want to avoid mixing marijuana and prescription sleep aids due to the fact that this can dangerously amplify the sedative effects.
Can CBD products help you sleep?
CBD certainly can act as a sedative on its own, especially in higher dosages. Low doses of CBD tend to be stimulating, which means that most people should take 40 milligrams or more for insomnia. In addition, full-spectrum CBD can be significantly more effective than CBD alone due to the fact that these products contain other cannabinoids.
In addition, certain types of terpenes can help to reduce anxiety and fight insomnia, which are not only present in the cannabis plant naturally but are sometimes added to CBD products. One example of a terpene with strong sedative effects is myrcene, which is found in concentrations of 0.5% or more in many strains of marijuana. Another reason why this is the case is that some full-spectrum CBD products do contain a very small amount of THC, which can help to improve the insomnia relief that the supplements provide.
Are edibles more effective for insomnia than smoking?
It depends on the type of insomnia that you have. If you tend to have difficulty getting to sleep but are able to stay asleep through the night, smoking marijuana can provide effective relief. However, individuals who have difficulty staying asleep through the night will often do best with edibles. That’s because edibles can last for 8-12 hours, which means that they’ll be affecting you throughout the night!
If you live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal, should you see a doctor for your insomnia?
If you’re struggling with insomnia, it’s important to see a doctor to ensure that the problem isn’t caused by something serious. Fortunately, in states where medical marijuana is legal and insomnia is a qualifying condition, many physicians are likely to recommend medicinal cannabis over conventional sleep aids since 77% of doctors approve of medical cannabis according to the latest marijuana news!
Does discontinuing cannabis as a sleep aid cause side effects?
In most cases, discontinuing cannabis as a sleep aid will not produce side effects if you were only using it for a short period of time. However, individuals who used cannabis to help them sleep for a long period of time may notice that they need to go through a process of re-adjusting to sleeping without the use of marijuana or other cannabis products.
Marijuana is not addictive, which cannot be said of many prescription sleep aids, such as benzodiazepines. These medications can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms if they are abruptly discontinued, but marijuana produces few or no side effects when one stops using it.
Does marijuana have any side effects when it’s used as a sleep aid?
In most cases, the side effects are mild, and they tend to be limited to dry mouth and some mental fogginess while using it. However, one can expect to be far more clear-headed than with many prescription sleep aids. In fact, some conventional medications for insomnia can cause sleepwalking and extreme confusion that can lead to hazardous behavior, which isn’t the case with marijuana. As more doctors use medicinal cannabis to treat insomnia patients, many people could benefit from this since 1 in 6 Americans use prescription medications for either insomnia or chronic pain, which are known to cause serious side effects and can be addictive.
If you struggle with insomnia, marijuana may be the safest and most effective option for you to treat it. However, it is important to consult your physician to determine if medicinal cannabis is right for you. As time goes on, there’s likely to be much more research on this use of cannabis, which means that we can expect plenty of marijuana news on this topic.