As you may know, a lot of people smoke marijuana in the evenings, especially before their sleep. But how does it affect it? First thing you need to know is that the different marijuana strains will affect different people in different ways, so it’s important to consult with a marijuana doctor and get a recommendation from him/her. While the sativa dominant strains has an energizing effects that lift you up and make you feel “higher” (so it’s better to not use it before bed time), indica dominant strains makes you feel more heavy and “grounded”. Also, marijuana has 2 main chemicals – THC and CBD. In short, THC is the chemical responsible for the “high” feeling. It’s a psychoactive chemical that attaches to the neurons in the brain and activates them. The CBD chemical is not psychoactive. Using buds with different levels of the 2 chemicals will affect the sleep differently. Marijuana will have different effects on people with sleeping problems and people with a healthy sleep. In addition, there’s a variety of sleeping problems as well: a hard time falling asleep, waking up too early, waking up in the middle of the night and not falling asleep afterwards, an inefficient sleep (still feeling tired after waking up) etc… Each problem needs a specific solution, that’s why marijuana doctors are important. If you’re dealing with sleeping disorders, I highly recommend you to visit the marijuana doctors near you to help you identify the best marijuana strains for you. So what are the effects of marijuana on your sleep. As I said, there are a lot of things that that can affect your sleep and each individual is different, but in this article I’ll relate to the general effects of marijuana.
-Marijuana relaxes you and decreases the stress levels, which often times are what causes the difficulty to fall asleep. For healthy people with no sleeping disorders, it makes the falling asleep process faster and more relaxing, and prolongs the sleep. The body feels heavier, there are less thoughts in the mind and after waking up, the body feels like it has rested better than usual.
– The THC chemical is what causes the relaxation feeling and “heaviness”, so buds dominant by this chemical will be more efficient than CBD dominant buds. Researchers didn’t find that CBD improves the sleep in any way.
– Marijuana raises the levels of melatonin, a hormone that controls the cycle of wake-sleep in the body and naturally raises at night time to make us go to sleep. That’s the process that can aid at falling asleep.
– a common problem of people that wake up in the middle of the night is sleep apnea. In this sleep disorder the person has breaks in breathing during sleep. Those breaks disrupt the sleeping cycle and can make the person go from deep sleep (a state in which there’s little awareness to the outer surroundings and that’s hard to wake up from) to light sleep (a state in which the body is sensitive to the outer world and can easily wake up).
Research that gave Dronabinol (a man made form of THC) to people who suffer from this disorder found that it helped reduce the number of pauses in breathing by almost a third!
So marijuana can help in that issue as well.
– As stated before, indica makes you feel ‘heavier’ so it’s more suitable as a sleeping aid than sativa. But it was also found out that the older the indica bud is, the better. When THC becomes old it changes its chemical compounds and converts a few of them to CBN, a chemical substance that has 5 times stronger effects than THC.
Only a few compounds turn into CBN so it’s hard to get, but the older the bud is – the better (just make sure that there’s no mold…).
– Using healing herbs together with marijuana can also benefit falling in sleep. Herbs have natural sleep aid substances inside of them and when used with marijuana, they add even more to the sleepiness.
– Sativa can help in a different problem relating to sleep – dizziness during day time. As stated before, it energizes the body and lifts up the mind.
Not all perfect with marijuana, it can also cause a few problems
– THC reduces the REM sleep. The REM (Rapid Eye Movements) is a very important part of the sleep, without it the sleep is very inefficient and after waking up the body feels tired and heavy. It’s also the part of the sleep cycle where we dream.
Reducing this part can damage the everyday life and has negative effects on the psyche. That’s why healthy people shouldn’t rely on marijuana to help them fall asleep faster, and it’s always wise to consult a marijuana doctor on this subject.
*It was also found that once people stop using marijuana before sleep, the dreams come back more vivid and “real” than ever for a few days.
-When you use marijuana as a sleeping aid, the body gets used to it. In contradiction to what was said in the previous paragraph, some people might experience a few nights of a really hard time falling asleep.
– If you use too much marijuana, especially indica with high THC levels, you may experience a ‘hangover’ when you wake up. a feeling of tiredness and dizziness, having a hard time getting out of bed.
So with all this being said, marijuana can improve your sleep, but I’d still suggest that a healthy person won’t use it as a sleeping aid regularly.
If you have sleeping problems and your lifestyle isn’t healthy, I highly suggest that you’d change it before trying the marijuana solution, because it can do more damage than help in the long term.
If you have any sleeping disorders, please go to a doctor that issues marijuana near me for consultation and recommendations on which species to use. Also, this article refers to the general effects on the majority of people, but each individual is of course different and can have different effects. So, I hope you’ve found this article helpful and learned a bit! Have a nice sleep!