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How Cannabis Can Help You Have A Good Night’s Sleep

It has long been known that cannabis can help you get a good night’s sleep, but it is quite as simple as rolling a joint and call it a day. You must consider your ingestion method, which strains are best suited for relaxation, and your overall tolerance levels. This post will be your guide in getting started in understanding how cannabis can allow you to fall into a deep slumber and wake well-rested.

Can Cannabis Help You Sleep?

One of the most popular side effects of cannabis is that it helps people sleep. This is not surprising because certain strains of cannabis are sedative, and it makes you feel relaxed. The idea behind using cannabis to help with sleep stems from the fact that it has a calming effect on the body and mind, making it easier to relax and fall asleep. Cannabis also has soothing properties that can help people sleep more soundly throughout the night without waking up as often. Moreover, it can have beneficial effects if you struggle to sleep due to particular issues like stress and anxiety (more on that later).

What Does The Research Say?

Researchers found in 166 participants with and without sleeping difficulties, cannabis use shortened the time needed to fall asleep. However, further research on cannabis use for sleep disorders and sleep problems conducted in 2017 concluded that the overall picture is far from clear and more research is needed. In addition, much of the current research supporting cannabis as a sleep aid is anecdotal in nature. Therefore, further research is required to confirm whether the benefits actually exist. Nonetheless, the anecdotal evidence is so vast that you can assume that it benefits most people.

Furthermore, cannabis has calming properties that are also useful for people with anxiety or insomnia. Cannabis’ main psychoactive compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is a potent natural anti-anxiety agent in some people. There are two main ways that cannabis relieves anxiety:
1. By reducing the effects of stress on the endocannabinoid system.
2. By stimulating the release of neurotransmitters which help regulate mood and decrease feelings of worry or fear.

When someone experiences less anxiety, they are more likely to sleep better. Moreover, cannabis can help people who have trouble sleeping due to pain or discomfort because it can be used as natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory agent.

What Is The Effect Of Marijuana On Your Sleep?

The effect of marijuana on your sleep can vary depending on how much you smoke and how often you use it. Smoking the wrong strain of marijuana before bed can make it difficult to fall asleep because it affects your brain waves and alters your body’s natural sleep cycle.

How To Use Marijuana For Sleep

There are three main ways in which you can consume cannabis for anxiety relief:
– Smoking
– Vaping
– Edibles

Smoking or vaping is the fastest way to feel relief from anxiety. Still, edibles take longer to kick in and give a more sustained release of THC, which will inevitably maximize the benefits you receive. The exact outcome depends on the strain you choose since the wrong one could result in the opposite of what you desire.

What Strain Should You Use?

There are two main strains of cannabis (three if you count hybrids):
1. Indica
2. Sativa

Indica cannabis is a type of marijuana with a higher concentration of CBD. Indica plants grow shorter and denser than Sativa plants, which means they will produce more resin and cause the user to feel sedated. You should use this strain for a more relaxed and sedative effect. Indica is more sedating than Sativa strains, making them perfect for those looking for a nighttime sleep aid.

Conversely, you should avoid Sativa or hybrids containing too much of that strain as it is generally regarded as the antithesis of sleep. Sativa cannabis is a variety of cannabis that is commonly used for its uplifting, energizing, and cerebral effects. Sativas typically make you feel happy, creative, and focused. This is great if you’re taking a stroll in the park and contemplating life, but not so great if you’re trying to sleep!

When Is The Best Time To Take It

In general, you can feel the effects of marijuana almost immediately when you smoke it instead of edibles, which need to work their way through your digestive system before they have an impact. Smoked marijuana can have a wide range of effects depending on the individual, the length and frequency of inhalation, and other factors. Therefore, if you plan on smoking it, you will probably find that you can fall asleep far quicker than if you ate it. On the other hand, ingesting it might result in a deeper sleep as the effect takes hold throughout the night.

Although the evidence looks to be anecdotal at best, it is widely considered that cannabis is a great product to help you to fall soundly asleep. However, you should choose the correct strain (Indica) and consumption methods to get the full effects.


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