SLEEP and Cannabis

Marijuana is increasingly seen as the safest and most effective sleeping aid.  Even stubborn cases succumb to the right strain of the dreamy herb.  While many people are now aware of this miracle plant’s many therapeutic effects, few know how deep the rabbit hole goes.  There is a lot more to it that you think and there are literally hundreds of different cannabis based medicines – that produce different effects, to choose from.

The main Cannabinoids that help people sleep are THC, CBD, CBG and CBN.  THC is psychoactive and accounts for most of the unwanted side effects from marijuana medication.  CBD is currently thought to be the most medicinal of all the cannabinoids and has the least side effects.  CBN is very calming and is present in large quantities of oriental hashish and the traditional version might be the best all round medication out there?  CBG is found in small quantities in certain strains of cannabis.  To get a therapeutic dose, you’re going to probably need to contact an elite medical marijuana supplier.

 

THC CBD CBN CBG CBC MOLECULES

CBD AND SLEEP  The big 5 cannabinoids (above)

CBD and THC work very differently to induce sleep.

Though the molecules are very similar, their action with the two main cannabinoid receptors. CB1 and CB2, is completely different. You might say CBD is like a player that assists on the goal, while THC is the goal scorer…

“Unlike psychoactive THC, which affects cannabinoid receptors directly, CBD has little binding affinity to either the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptors. Instead, CBD indirectly stimulates endogenous cannabinoid signaling by suppressing the enzyme fatty acid amide hydroxylase (FAAH)—the enzyme that breaks down anandamide, the first endocannabinoid discovered in the mammalian brain in 1992.” – Project CBD – paraphrase

Each person responds differently, but in any case, you’ll be able to tell the difference between THC and CBD no matter who you are.  THC will get you profoundly high, euphoric, dizzy or anxious.  CBD won’t do any of these things.  CBD could stop your seizures – immediately, suppress Crohn’s or gently calm you down.  Some CBD users say that they are more alert in the morning and more sleepy at bedtime.  It is worth researching which medicine is best for you.

Also said to help sleep is for you to find formulas with higher “CBN is five times more sedating than THC.” – Dr. Kymron deCesare of Steep Hill Labs

THE TWO POPULAR STRAINS – INDICA & SATIVA  

While some Sativa’s can call in the sandman, Indica is the strain that most often makes for a better, heavier sleep.  Purple Indica flowers are preferred by veterans.  Though genetics testing has come a long way, many suppliers guess (often correctly) about the ratio of indica to sativa.   The takeaway: Indica with high terpene, CBD and other cannabinoids values might be the best starting point.   Aged Cannabis might be the best formulation.

Some favorite strains for sleep are Grandaddy Purple and 9lb Hammer.

CANNABIS AND DEEP BREATHING    Sleep apnea is a condition where there is an obstruction that causes irregular breathing, which leads, waking up in the night, and leads to a bad sleep in general.  THC was shown to improve 85% of 17 subjects with Sleep apnea, including stabilizing serotonin signaling.                                                                     CANNABIS HANGOVER                                                                                                 Some cannabis users, particularly those that smoke a lot of high THC weed can feel groggy the morning after.  But this is nothing, whatsoever comparable to a big night out on the town.  You might need a second cup of coffee to get the engines running properly.  If you smoke moldy weed or budd with sprays and pesticides, this can cause a not so subtle hangover.  So if you seem to suffer from any kind of cannabis hangover, try a new strain lower in THC and higher in CBD.  You want to inspect your pot for mold, and buy only lab tested marijuana.                                                                                                                CANNABIS AND MOODS                                                                                           Cannabis high in THC can inhibit REM Sleep and Dreaming which results in less vivid dreams, including nightmares.  Other forms of cannabis, higher in non-THC cannabinoids on the other hand, might enhance dreams.  Studies showed that REM sleep rebound after THC consumption was cut down, leading to more lucid dreams.  TOLERANCE to CANNABIS
Can you and will build up a tolerance to cannabis.  The answer according to many doctors and researchers is YES.  In fact, it is recommended that anyone that uses a cannabis product take a break of maybe one week per month, or 4-5 days on and 2 days off, if cannabis based medicines are to be consumed over the long term.                         QUITTING CANNABIS AND SLEEP                                                                               People that quit smoking pot can suffer from a worsening of sleep patterns and a return to pre-existing condition of insomnia.  The suggestion is that if the user in question was taking a strain high in THC, then they might try a strain high in CBD for a while.  Patients can experiment with creams, oral, inhalation and other routes to avoid intoxication and tolerance issues presented by the consumption of large amounts of THC over long periods.

What insomnia and poor sleepers really need is information.  Which strains of medical marijuana work best?  What are the best choices? How do I choose? To best answer these questions we need good data. For a start, we sourced the opinions of the largest weed websites.  Then checked that the strain data included a cannabinoid profile

“Prescription medications for insomnia are intended only for short-term use, but unfortunately, insomnia is not a short-term problem for me. I find that cannabis is effective for me 95% of the time.”  – MMJ Patient