Cannabis: one of the worlds oldest sleep aids
It’s popular knowledge that cannabis can make you sleepy. Long used by insomniacs to medicate sleeping problems, marijuana is natures way of tucking you in. While this is no surprise to frequent users, there are still some little-known facts to be aware of.
Indica strains are a great place to start
The difference between indica and sativa lies largely with how it affects your mood and energy levels. Indica will inspire feelings of relaxation and sleepiness, while sativa is uplifting and thought-provoking. If you’re new to using medical marijuana to treat an inability to sleep, then you should start with an indica.
CBD vs THC: The difference in terms of sleep
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabis strain, while THC is psychoactive (more on this here). The two affect sleep differently mainly for this reason. CBD can reduce anxiety which helps reduce sleep difficulties for some. For people who suffer from chronic pain, CBD can help reduce insomnia and lessen pain. CBD may help reduce REM sleep abnormalities in people who suffer from PTSD.
THC forward strains, on the other hand, will get you happily high. When using marijuana as a sleep aid, we suggest starting low and going slow. Getting too liberal when self-medicating can have the opposite result you want.
CBN and why you might want your weed to be old
If you expose THC to the air (oxidizing) it will naturally convert to a chemical called CBN. A little goes a long way with CBN. Apparently, “2.5mg to 5mg of CBN has the same level of sedation as a mild pharmaceutical sedative, with a relaxed body sensation similar to 5mg to 10mg of diazepam.”
Don’t pass those old, dusty nuggets off as stale relics. Keep them handy for one of those sleepless nights. Old weed = hibernation station.
Cannabis interrupts REM sleep, causing your dreams to stop
Dreaming happens during the REM stage of your sleep cycle. Time spent in REM is reduced with cannabis use, so you can experience a lack of dreams or less vivid dreams. Long-term users have reported increased lucid and vivid dreams when they cease using marijuana, so don’t worry – it’s not as permanent as that tribal tattoo you got in the 2000’s.
Smoking before bed could cause a ‘weed hangover’
Wake up with a dazed and confused brain after donning your herbal nightcap? Marijuana has been known to cause mild ‘hangovers’. You could experience lethargy and dehydration the next day. Often, these symptoms are a result of low-grade cannabis. Avoid that by indulging in our quality product, instead.
Hops, chamomile, lavender can all help, too
Pairing cannabis with other holistic sleep aids will help you doze off. Things like hops, chamomile, and lavender have similar terpenes to those found in cannabis which will inspire relaxation and sedation.
Next time you find yourself counting sheep, grab your favourite indica (may we recommend Zed’s Dead by Eden Farms?), roll one, and let yourself drift off to a sleepy wonderland.