Do you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep? Are you currently taking prescription sleeping pills? If so, you’re probably aware that many prescription sleeping pills produce side effects such as dizziness, headache, gastrointestinal problems, memory & performance issues and even severe allergic reactions. Cannabis, on the other hand, is known as nature’s sleep aid. This natural medicine can help you fall asleep and even stay asleep longer, without many of these gnarly side effects.
Which Strain of Cannabis is the Best Sleep Aid?
As you may know, every strain will affect you differently. Higher THC strains, like Sativa, are known for their uplifting, energizing effects. Indica contains less THC and more CBD, making it an excellent choice for a sleep aid. It’s been said that a hybrid strain with a more equal concentration of THC and CBD is best for inducing sleep.
Indica strains also contain more terpenes (aromatic compounds). Terpenes play a significant role in relaxation, thus inducing sleep.
How and When
You can choose to consume your cannabis in edibles or by smoking it. Keep in mind that when it comes to using cannabis as a sleep aid, you should try to time your intake correctly. When you eat an edible it can take longer to kick in. The effects will also last longer this way so be sure not to eat too much, too late. If you choose to smoke it, it will kick in much faster and the effects will wear off quicker. Consider smoking cannabis for sleep if you’re at home and ready for bed.
Other Ways to Relax
In addition to choosing your favorite strain, you can also accelerate the effects by using natural remedies, as well. Try drinking some chamomile tea and/or taking a lavender bubble bath. By reducing stress and promoting relaxation, you will be able to fall asleep easier.
Are There Any Side Effects?
REM sleep (dream state) is also known as your deep sleep period. Cannabis can decrease REM sleep. While this may seem detrimental to what you would typically want, it’s extremely helpful to patients that suffer from anxiety and nightmares.
Although rare, it is possible that you develop REM rebound if you abruptly stop use after using for a long period of time. This can actually end up causing you to have more vivid dreams. You may also find yourself tossing & turning, taking longer to fall asleep and waking up more frequently throughout the night.
Everyone is different. It’s difficult to know how you’ll react until you try it. The bottom line is, you can still get quality sleep, with a limited amount of REM.
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If you’re having trouble sleeping, schedule your free consultation today. There’s no reason to put it off any longer! It’s time to get a good night’s rest and nature’s sleep aid may be able to do that for you!
Getting the proper amount of sleep each night is extremely important for your health. According to the American Sleep Association, approximately 60 million people struggle with a sleeping disorder. Furthermore, 30 percent of Americans experience insomnia, 10 percent of which struggle with chronic insomnia. In the United States, nearly 9 million people take prescription sleep aid. Many of these medications come along with a number of negative side effects. In recent years, many people have begun using medical marijuana for insomnia and other sleeping disorders, as it is both effective and low risk.
Why and Who
One of the many benefits of marijuana is that it has the ability to restore the sleep cycle. Using medical marijuana before bed can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. People experiencing chronic pain, anxiety, stress and other related symptoms can really benefit from medical marijuana. Additionally, those who have been diagnosed with PTSD can also benefit from certain cannabis strains.
Choosing the Right Strain
When choosing a cannabis strain for sleeping disorders, you’ll want to choose one with a higher THC level. THC has been shown to help induce sleep. You will want to select Indica over Sativa. Indica contains more THC and will bring about heavier, sleepy effects due to the concentration of relaxing, sedating terpenes. Sativa will have the opposite effect by energizing you. THC has the unique ability to reduce the REM cycle, also known as our dream state. This means that it will reduce nightmares as well, which is why it will benefit those that suffer from PTSD.
Harvard physician, Dr. Jordan Tishler, recommends choosing a strain with less than 20% THC. He warns that consuming too much THC before bed can have adverse effects, leaving you anxious and even paranoid. Long term use also has the potential to impair the quality of your sleep. Dr. Tishler also noted that while edibles may help you stay asleep longer, they can also take much longer to kick in, leaving you feeling groggy in the morning. The effects of smoking usually last less than 4 hours while it can take the liver up to 12 hours to to process edibles.
Your Best Option
Your best option is to smoke an Indica strain that contains less than 20% THC, at least 1 hour before bedtime. Keep in mind that not all sleep aids work the same, including medical marijuana. Dr. Tishler says that choosing a strain should be like choosing a tea. Everyone is different and may require a different blend. You should experiment with different strains until you find one that works for you.
If you’re a Florida resident that suffers from any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact us today to set up your free consultation. You can call us at (786) 224-4005, Schedule your appointment ONLINE, or stop in to one of our 12 Florida locations. It’s time to get a good night’s rest!