Latest Snooze News: Does Cannabis Effect Your Sleep?

Cannabis has long been rumored to have many benefits. One of those has been promoting better sleeping patterns. Many Cannabis users, whether recreationally or medically, use Cannabis to help with sleep. It has often become a famous story passed around to users for years. But, with society becoming more open to Cannabis and its benefits, it is becoming more apparent through research that cannabis can help with sleep.

This article will provide insight into how Cannabis can help with sleep and if there is any potential risk.

How does Cannabis help with sleep?

Now that we’ve established that cannabis helps with sleep, we must understand how it works as a potential sleeping aid.

All Cannabis comes with cannabinoids. It’s these cannabinoids that hook on to cannabinoid receptors found in the brain. When this happens,  those same receptors begin sending messages to the body, producing more adenosine. While at the same time keeping the arousal system at bay, the higher levels of adenosine help the body move toward a more relaxed/sleepy stage.

These factors combined are the mechanism users go through to fall asleep quicker!

Does Cannabis promote better sleep?

There are four layers to a sleep cycle: awake, light, deep, and REM sleep. What Cannabis can do is help an individual spend more time in their deep sleep stage. But because of the THC found in Cannabis, it can shorten the amount of time spent in the REM stage. It is a  crucial stage of sleep that helps process emotions and promote dreaming. 

However, this decrease in time spent during the REM stage can help individuals who have PTSD. A system of PTSD is chronic nightmares. With less time in the dream stage (REM), a person with PTSD can suffer less from those episodes, allowing for better sleep quality. 

Are there side effects?

Almost everything has the potential for side effects, and using Cannabis as a sleeping aid is no different. Using Cannabis for your sleep should only be a short-term solution. If used on a long-term basis, problems can begin to arise. 

The issues begin when the body starts to build a tolerance to the sleeping effects of Cannabis. Once this tolerance is created, the user may be forced to smoke larger doses to obtain the same result. This heavier smoking habit could have adverse effects and can lead to:

  • Constant awakening 
  • Less time in the deep sleep stage
  • Less sleep overall 

Conclusion 

Research is beginning to show the benefits of using Cannabis for sleeping purposes. Cannabis can help a person fall asleep. It can help a person dealing with a disruptive sleeping condition. It can even help a person who has difficulty reaching a deep sleep level. But Cannabis can only be a remedy used on an infrequent basis. It can not be a substitute for more traditional medicines. Once the body builds tolerance, the results will not be the same. 

Cannabis is paving the way for new and fascinating discoveries. It is potentially revolutionizing the way we look at modern medicine. It provides a haven for war-torn veterans or people who suffer from insomnia. With more research, it can be used to help in so many more ways.