In our previous post, we discussed how marijuana can help those who suffer from sleep disturbances. In this post, we will continue our discussion by looking into how marijuana is able to do so.
Through the use of its cannabinoids, medical marijuana is able to provide sleep-related benefits by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, a bodily system responsible for regulating sleep. The cannabinoids can interact with receptors in the brain to influence the progression and duration of the sleep-wake cycle. THC reduces the amount of time one spends in the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of the sleep-wake cycle, which is the stage in which dreaming occurs. To the opposite effect, THC increases the duration of the slow-wave or deep sleep stage of the sleep-wake cycle. This stage is thought to play a vital role in the recuperation that results from a good night’s sleep.
When it comes to dosing marijuana for improved sleep quality, here are some things to be aware of. A strain containing a balanced cannabinoid composition is important for sleep therapy. The cannabinoid THC is known to aid in sleep, while CBD is actually an energizing and wake-promoting cannabinoid. That said, CBD can be helpful for those who want the benefits of THC without the psychoactive high as it acts as a buffer for some of these effects. The frequency of use is also important when it comes marijuana as a sleep aid; occasional use works well, but heavy or chronic use can actually have the opposite effect. To find the strain and frequency that work best for you, our app is a super helpful tool! Through journaling, you can enter the strain’s cannabinoid information and document how often you use it to figure out when marijuana helps and when it doesn’t.
While marijuana can help improve sleep, there are some things to be cautious of before beginning a medical marijuana regime. We will inform you of these in our following post. This information has been provided in part by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. This post does not represent an endorsement for our app on behalf of Leaf Science.