Which Cannabis Product Should I Smoke to Sleep Better?

Which Cannabis Products Should i Smoke To Sleep Better?

Sleep disorders, especially insomnia, affect around 40% of Canadians each year. That’s why a lot of people have turned to medical marijuana for help, due to its calming properties.

Although cannabis has been used to improve sleep for thousands of years, a lot of people are still unfamiliar with its effects, its proper use and are therefore hesitant to give it a try.

What’s important to note is that when you’re using cannabis as a sleep aid, you’re holding a double-edged sword, and while plenty of people are using it when they can’t get to sleep, others refuse to use it that way.  So let’s see how cannabis interacts with your sleep, how effective it is in treating insomnia and other sleep disorders and which products can improve your sleep quality the most.

How Does Cannabis Help You Sleep?

The reason why cannabis is so effective as a sleep aid is the fact that it raises your melatonin levels, which is a hormone that peaks at night and controls the body’s daily sleep cycle.

However, the effectiveness of cannabis as a sleep aid generally depends on the combinations of different products and weed strains, as not all types of products and different strains are equally effective at improving sleep quality.

Another reason that makes marijuana great at helping you sleep is the fact that it has analgesic properties which will help soothe any pain you might be experiencing and help your mind and body relax.

Are there Any Side Effects?

According to a 2008 study on the effects of recreational drugs on sleep, using weed strains with higher levels of THC may reduce the amount of REM sleep you get, which means that you could end up dreaming less and wake up less rested. That’s why it’s important not to get your body used to smoking up in order to fall asleep.

The REM sleep stage is an important part of a complete and healthy sleep cycle, which is why missing it may lead to a lower quality of sleep.

Although taking cannabis with high THC levels long term could affect your sleep cycle, as well as the quality of your sleep, there’s absolutely no doubt that if used correctly and responsively cannabis can help a lot of people sleep better and restore their quality of sleep.

The most important thing to note is that both cannabis and our brain are incredibly chemically complex, which means that although the majority of people may experience the same symptoms, not every single person can relate because cannabis does not affect them the same way. Everyone reacts differently to cannabis.

Best Methods/Smoking Techniques to Help You Sleep Better

The first and general rule that you need to follow when trying to use marijuana as a sleep aid is to use Indica-dominant strains, and avoid Sativa-dominant ones, which give you an energetic body high, rather than put you to sleep. However, this always isn’t the case. There are some Sativa’s that have Indica effects, where as some Indicas have Sativa effects.

Although Indica-dominant strains are generally a great sleep aid, it’s not just the strains, but the products and methods you’re using that help you get a good night’s rest.

Here are some of the methods/smoking techniques you can use to improve your sleep:

  • Some people believe that smoking from quality bongs has a milder effect and leads to a softer high, therefore it’s the easiest go-to choice for people who want to gradually fall asleep.
  • On the other hand, a combination of smoking a joint and vaping cannabis oil can lead to a more consistent, long-lasting high.
  • CBD-enriched cannabis products, like tinctures and potent oils also help facilitate sleep. Cannabis oils are absorbed quicker and can therefore affect our body faster.
  • Edibles can help a person sleep for at least 10 hours, which is a big plus, but they take longer to act than smoking or using a cannabis vaporizer.
  • Some people prefer a combination of edibles and cannabis oil to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Before you start using marijuana as a sleeping aid, consult with your doctor about your sleep cycles to see if medical marijuana is the right choice for your sleep disorder.

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