Can Cannabis Help You Sleep?

Can Cannabis Help You Sleep?

Even the best scientists have difficulty fully understanding sleep. But with the benefits of medical marijuana becoming more widely known worldwide, an increasing number are citing the benefits of using cannabis as a sleeping aid.

If you’ve ever used high-THC marijuana, you’ve probably noticed that it can make you sleepy. Whether that sleepiness is good or bad for you in the long run is unclear, however.  

Many people struggle with chronic pain that keeps them awake at night. Others simply have difficulty relaxing and clearing their minds before falling asleep.

As Forbes reports, Americans are expected to spend $52 billion on sleep aids — up from $14 billion in 2015. Sleep aids are huge potential market, and one that an increasing number of cannabis brands will likely explore.

Zzz Natural is one such brand. Founded earlier this year, the company produces disposable vape pens that use “sleep-inducing terpenes and botanical extracts” to help people get the rest they need.

While more research still needs to be done, experts are increasingly citing cannabis’ effectiveness as a sleep aid.

Smoking THC before bed can help relieve and usher in the ZZZ’s, while the analgesic properties of CBD can soothe pain that keeps people awake. It appears that using CBD also reduces the amount of REM sleep, basically meaning users will dream less. This could be good news for people suffering from nightmares (due to PTSD, for instance).

As Healthline.com points out, using CBD could mean that “you’ll spend more time in a ‘deep sleep’ state.” While this could be beneficial — as it helps your body to restore and rest — REM sleep is also very important, meaning that artificially reducing it, could have negative consequences on your health.

Because little is known about the long-term use of cannabis as a sleeping aid, it’s wise to talk to a physician before using it. If you do begin using cannabis as a sleep aid, talk to your doctor regularly about the results, and jot down anything that could be considered a side effect.