Of all the amazing therapeutic advantages that cannabis has for human beings, the most popular of all has to be its effectiveness in treating insomnia. A relaxing indica can put even the most anxious among us into a nice, deep sleep that lasts all night long (or all day for that matter).
Getting quality sleep is non-negotiable
Many conditions that are alleviated by cannabis impact say 1 out of 100 people, but insomnia will affect more than 2/3 of all Americans at some point in their lives, and a growing number of people, are indeed suffering from chronic insomnia.
Women are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia due to hormonal shifts throughout their monthly cycle. Pair this with the onset of perimenopause and full-on menopause, and cannabis consumption becomes not only an occasional choice but a necessary, safe and effective cure for sleep disorders.
Failure to get at least seven hours of sleep on most nights has been linked to several health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Concentration, overall mood, physical performance, hormonal stability, and immune system performance are all impacted by how much sleep we’re getting.
Cannabis’ sedating effects are widely known by anyone who has ever tried it. But if you need scientific proof, studies going way back to the 1970s have also documented that users have an easier time falling asleep, experience longer and more restful sleep, better breathing while asleep, and far less grogginess and disorientation after waking (unlike the prolonged, dazed effects of sleeping pills).
And it’s not just THC that aids slumber. Cannabinoids, in general, are powerful sleep aids. CBD-rich products such as potent oils or tinctures taken hours before bedtime have balancing effects that facilitate restful sleep. Edibles are also great to use when proper dosing is adhered to. Many consumers report sleeping for nearly 10 hours when taking higher doses via edible consumption.
What about REM sleep?
It is also well known that frequent cannabis users dream much less often than others. This is linked to marijuana’s impact on REM sleep, since most dreaming occurs during this portion of one’s sleep cycle.
Researchers are trying to understand whether the disruption of REM sleep may cause cognitive issues for frequent smokers. However, utilizing the appropriate doses of cannabis or microdosing for insomnia many be a good way to relax the body enough for sleep without causing long-term disruptions in REM sleep.
Particularly for women, if your sleep cycles seem to correlate with your monthly hormonal changes, temporarily medicating during these times then holding off once you start to feel somewhat normal again can give your brain time to restore to its normal functions.
Not only does cannabis provide a phenomenal release from the stress and anxiety of the day, but it also helps one avoid the potentially harmful, side effects and zombie-like traits of most pharmaceuticals. Thanks to pot, getting those much needed ‘zzz’s’ without suffering in the morning has never been easier!