Weed and Sleep – Is Smoking Weed Before Bed Good or Bad?
Smoking weed before bed is common among cannabis users. Studies have shown that cannabis may lead to a better night’s rest by helping individuals fall asleep faster, stay asleep for a more extended period, promoting better breathing, and inducing deep sleep.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a vital, complex cell-signalling system responsible for maintaining bodily homeostasis. The ECS is composed of enzymes, receptors, and endocannabinoids, a family of neurotransmitters produced naturally by your body. Endocannabinoids interact with receptors found throughout your body, including the immune cells, brain, glands, and connective tissues. These molecules bind to cannabinoid receptors to regulate various functions, such as sleep. Cannabinoids found in cannabis mimic the activity of endocannabinoids.
Research has demonstrated that cannabis influences sleep directly. Cannabis strains, which are high-CBD and low-THC, help individuals feel relaxed, which is key to getting a good night’s rest. Cannabis indica strains are known for creating a full-body and mind relaxation effect, which is why it is commonly consumed at night. Indica strains tend to have a higher level of cannabinol (CBD) than sativa strains, which creates a calming sensation and results in more substantial and sleepy effects.
A 2016 research study showed that CBD could significantly aid in stress-induced sleep issues, specifically on patients with post-traumatic stress disorder induced anxiety. An additional study performed in 2006 compared light-on and light-off environments revealing that cannabidiol (CBD) may aid individuals suffering from somnolence, which is the strong desire to sleep for unusually long periods.
THC may also be useful for achieving restful sleep. A study in 1973 compared chamomile tea to consuming cannabis in moderate amounts and showed that participants fell asleep faster after consuming cannabis.
Not only does weed help you to fall asleep faster, but it also allows you to enjoy a longer sleep. Both THC and CBD have been shown to increase the amount of overall sleep duration. A study focused on THC showed a positive correlation with the amount of time spent sleeping with the amount of THC in one’s body. However, participants reported feeling dizzy the following morning with higher doses of THC.
Research has demonstrated that THC can lead to deeper sleep. Deep sleep is described as slow-wave sleep in the sleep cycle. During deep sleep, the cells in your body undergo a regeneration process such as body repairs, re-growing tissue, and building bones and muscles -which is why deep sleep is key to good health and well-being. For example, high blood pressure in older men has been associated with reduced deep sleep.
Cannabis is commonly used to treat insomnia as it aids in ensuring a longer and more adequate rest. Cannabis may also help those with sleep conditions characterized by frequent obstructions of breath (e.g. sleep apnea) due to its ability to promote better breathing. A study conducted in 2013 shows that cannabis reduces the amount of time a patient awakes throughout the night due to sleep apnea, thus leading to better sleep quality.
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