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Learn | 05.15.2023

Why Does Cannabis Keep Some People Awake?

Do you find that weed has the opposite effect you desire when going to bed? You're not alone.

Everyone’s different. Just like how we all come in different shapes, ethnicities, and sizes, our experiences with cannabis also vary from person to person.

Everyone’s tolerance to cannabis is different. Furthermore, the high you feel after smoking weed might not be the same as someone else’s experience. For many, cannabis is used as a sleep aid to wind down, relieve stress, and prepare the body for rest. But this isn’t always effective for everyone.

Some people attempt this, only to be wide awake in bed for an hour. If weed tends to keep you up at night instead of putting you to bed, you’re not alone. Here’s why it happens.

Weed Stops Me From Falling Asleep

This is very normal. It happens to many cannabis users with varying tolerances.

What’s interesting is how these people often use cannabis during the day, leading them to nap. They usually have no problem taking a nap after using weed, but it’s that last session of the day that keeps them up at night.

These people often experience racing thoughts and can’t seem to calm their mind and prepare it for rest. No, it’s not just because they’re smoking a Sativa strain. There’s a deeper reason why cannabis can keep some people awake at night.

Cannabis puts some stress on the body’s internal processes. Most commonly, it makes our heart beat faster. If you’re using products with high THC, there are a few reasons why it may keep you up at night:

  • High THC produces paranoia and anxiety
  • Your body acts on that anxiety and paranoia, causing energy or a “fight or flight” sensation
  • Paranoia + energy = aware, awake, and alert

It’s worth noting that this is most commonly experienced in consumers with anxiety. If that’s you, we have some tips to help you avoid it.

How Can I Avoid This?

Use weed about an hour before you go to sleep. Most of the time, it’s common to feel more tired about an hour after getting high rather than right after smoking.

Let’s face it, the effects of some cannabis strains can be pretty exhausting. But what’s even more tiring is the aftermath of that experience. This is when your body has fought off the THC-induced jitters and starts preparing for rest.

So, if you’re looking to use cannabis as a sleep aid, you might be better off using it an hour before bed. That way, your body and mind will be completely relaxed come bedtime, without the racing thoughts caused by THC.

On the other hand, if you need a bedside sleep aid you can use right before bed, try opting for products that are lower in THC and higher in CBD. Also, consider using products with CBN, a naturally occurring cannabinoid similar to CBD, in that it’s very relaxing, but its effects are much sleepier than every other cannabinoid.

Whether you choose to smoke an hour before bed or want to experience the benefits of low THC and other cannabinoids, both are excellent options worth considering. Here’s to getting the good night’s sleep you deserve.

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