Have you experienced a cannabis hangover?

Go to sleep stoned. 10 things you should know

Smoking weed can be a great sleep aid, which is why many consumers have a bedside favorite. Even people with the most stubborn insomnia can escape into the dream world with a lovely sedating indica.

Get ready to learn a thing or two about the ways grass can help your hibernate.

by Manuel Bayer

You will find out in this post

1. People are drowsy and confused about the effects of pot on sleep

Marijuana is illegal by federal law, but the legalization movement has gained a lot of momentum in recent years, as has the legalization of CBD as an ingredient. Four states and Washington DC have legalized recreational use, while 23 states (and DC) have medical marijuana programs.

But there is still a lot of discussion going on about the medicinal benefits of marijuana, even though it clearly has some positive properties. Not so long ago, US General Physician Vivek Murthy acknowledged this and stated:

We have some preliminary data that are helpful for certain medical conditions and symptoms that marijuana may be.

Other prominent figures in the medical community, such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta, have also stepped out, celebrating the medicinal properties of marijuana calling for full legalization:

We should legalize medical marijuana. We should do it at the national level. And, we should do it now.
Not to mention, unlike alcohol, it's impossible to overdose on weed. This is precisely why many people, including President Obama, have argued that alcohol is more dangerous than pot.

But while it has obvious medicinal benefits and isn't as bad as alcohol, isn't it useful as a sleep aid or to fight insomnia?

The broad answer is: it's not that clear. Due to the fact that marijuana is still illegal by federal law, it is difficult for comprehensive research to be done regarding its general effects, particularly on sleep.

Anyone who has ever dealt with marijuana has likely experienced the drowsy feeling it creates that could lead people to close the pot, it is the perfect sleep aid.

But a 2014 University of Pennsylvania study showed that marijuana was actually linked to insomnia.

But as the day beast discovered last June, this term is still ambiguous.

In other words, there may be a correlation between marijuana use and insomnia in the sense that people try to use pot as a sleep aid or anti-insomnia medicine. But there is no clear evidence that marijuana causes insomnia.

2. CBD and THC have different effects on sleep

By now, you probably know that there are different types of strains: some get you high (high-THC, low-CBD), some don't (high-CBD, low-THC), and others keep your buzz to a minimum (same or almost equal parts of THC and CBD). But which ones are better for sleeping?

Most sleep studies look at cannabis that is high in THC, so knowing exactly how CBD affects sleep cycles is difficult. Between the lack of CBD research that is available and reported anecdotes, we see a mix of reactions.

While some animal model studies show that CBD can have a mildly alarming effect, a survey of 72 adults with anxiety and poor sleep found that two-thirds of participants reported improved sleep with CBD after a month of use. However, a quarter of participants reported worsened symptoms, so the question remains who is benefiting from CBD and why.

Scientists have made a lot of strides to understand how CBD exerts its calming, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory effects in the body - and there is more to be learned. We know that CBD interacts with many different receptors, proteins, and other chemicals in the brain. 1)https://thesleepdoctor.com/2017/08/10/understanding-cbd/

These interactions create changes in the activity of neurotransmitters, hormones, and other cells throughout the brain and body. Through these interactions, CBD appears to be able to affect many of the body's functions, from sleep-wake cycles and emotional regulation to inflammation, pain perception, and seizures.

Our body actually produces its own cannabinoids as part of what is known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is involved in regulating many physiological processes, including mood, pain perception, appetite, and cognitive functions. CBD partially interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system and its receptors.

According to a growing research team, CBD may play a role in the growth of new brain cells, a process known as neurogenesis. CBD is also widely recognized as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, making CBD a promising therapy for a variety of conditions, from neurological disorders to autoimmune diseases, to chronic pain and depression.

For sleep

CBD has the ability to reduce anxiety, which can be helpful in reducing sleep disorders and improving the quality of sleep. CBD can increase the overall amount of sleep and improve insomnia, according to research. CBD has been shown to reduce insomnia in people suffering from chronic pain.

In smaller doses, CBD stimulates alertness and reduces daytime sleepiness, which is important for daily performance and for the strength and consistency of the sleep-wake cycle.

CBD can help reduce REM behavior disorders in people with Parkinson's. 2)https://www.elitedaily.com/life/differences-sleeping-alcohol-vs-weed/1031640 REM behavior disorder is a condition that causes people to act out physically during dreaming and REM sleep. Typically, the body is largely paralyzed during REM, a condition known as REM atony.

This immobilization prevents the sleeper from physically responding to their dreams. With REM behavior disorder, this paralysis does not occur, allowing people to move around freely - which can lead to disturbed sleep and injury to themselves or their sleeping partners. Cannabis can also help relieve pain and improve the quality of sleep in people with Parkinson's disease.

CBD can help improve REM sleep abnormalities in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

For depression and anxiety
CBD can help improve both depression and anxiety, at least in part through its interactions with serotonin receptors in the brain. Research shows that CBD can reduce both mental and physical symptoms of anxiety. A study of CBD given to people ahead of a public speaking event shows that CBD can help reduce stress - this and other research has shown that CBD can be an effective treatment for social anxiety.


The effects on mental wellbeing are primarily relevant for the treatment of schizophrenia.

Patients state that CBD against schizophrenia helps them to maintain inner calm even after stressful days and stressful phases in life. Thus, the treatment is primarily suitable in the preventive area. Chronically ill patients, for example, use cannabis oil against schizophrenia when they notice that they are mentally in increasingly bad shape.

Always consult your doctor before starting any supplement or making changes to your existing medication and routine of taking it. This is not medical advice, but rather information that you can use as a basis for discussion with your doctor at your next appointment.

CBD dosage

The following doses are based on amounts studied in scientific studies. In general, it is recommended that the user start with the lowest recommended dose and gradually increase until it has an effect.

A range of doses from 10mg to 600mg and higher amounts have been studied in scientific research for sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, stress, and other conditions.

Possible side effects of CBD
CBD is generally well tolerated by healthy adults. Possible side effects of CBD include dry mouth, drowsiness, drowsiness, sluggishness in movement and / or thinking (psychomotor slowdown), and low blood pressure.

People with the following medical conditions should consult with a doctor before using any CBD supplement:

- Pregnancy and breast feeding period. It is recommended that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding not use CBD.
- Parkinson's disease. High doses of CBD can increase muscle tremors or other muscle movements in people with Parkinson's disease.

There's no harm in trying different products to see what works. But, if CBD isn't working for you, consider trying a low dose of THC. Its hypnotic, calming effects might just be the lullaby you need.

3. Not all stretches are created equal.

Popular opinion would tell you that indica strains tend to produce heavy, sleepy effects, and sativas are known to be uplifting and energizing. While this may often be the case (just take a look at our top sleepy strains), it shouldn't be the only basis of your strain selection.

Pay attention to which burdens you have successfully lulled to sleep. Are you high in THC or CBD? Did they show a particular terpene profile? By keeping a close eye on the chemical makeup of your preferred bedtime strains, you will be more likely to make another strain selection that you are happy with.

4. Natural remedies help maximize the sleepy effects of cannabis.

Cannabis is a great way to prepare for sleep, but combining it with other natural sleep aids can make for an even more restful night. “Other terpenoids are extremely synergistic with CBN, some in the cannabis plant, some I add from other herbs,” Rev. Dr. deCesare. “Hops, chamomile and lavender contain important terpenes that are also found in cannabis, but in much higher concentrations. These inclusions in the remedy will significantly increase the effectiveness of the sedation. "

So the next time you pull out your favorite sleepy strain, consider pairing it with a cup of chamomile tea or a lavender bubble bath. Melatonin, 5-HTP, and valerian root supplements can also help improve the quality of sleep.

5. Pot can help you fall asleep faster.

Given its ability to relieve stress and relax physically, it should come as no surprise that smoking weed can help you fall asleep faster. This may be especially true for those treating pain, insomnia, PTSD, multiple sclerosis, or other conditions that affect the ability to sleep, such as: B. Cannabis alleviates many annoying symptoms. It's worth noting that cannabis-infused foods last longer than inhalation methods, but their effects can last for hours and help you sleep longer.

6. Nocturnal cannabis use can lead to a "hangover".

Have you ever noticed that your head might feel a bit bruised after your nightcap in the morning? Cannabis can cause mild "hangovers" - no, you won't be hunched over a toilet with daggers hitting your head, but you might feel a little foggy, dehydrated, lethargic, dry-eyed, or constipated.

This phenomenon may never have happened to you (high-five). Others have had bad hangovers from smoking weed on low-quality or pesticide-contaminated cannabis. The best way to avoid a bad morning is to buy clean / tested cannabis, drink plenty of water, eat healthy foods, and not enjoy too much. Care for a hangover like an alcoholic hangover - water, exercise, vitamins, etc.

7. Weed smoking inhibits REM sleep and dreams

One thing that you will miss with regular cannabis use is dreams. Dreams arise in the final phase of the sleep cycle, REM sleep (rapid eye movement). It is shown that using cannabis before bedtime reduces the amount of time spent in REM, which means you will not have as many dreams or vivid dreams. However, if you stop long-term cannabis use, you are likely to experience a "REM kickback" where you tend to have more dreams that are clearer in nature.

8. Pot can promote better breathing.

Sleep apnea is a sleep condition characterized by frequent breathing disorders, with gaps that can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. As you can imagine, sleep apnea causes the individual to wake up multiple times during the night and leads to a variety of unpleasant ripple effects such as daytime sleepiness, fatigue, headaches, mood disorders, inattention, increased accident proneness and other health problems.

Preclinical studies show that cannabis can improve this condition. A 2013 study measured the effectiveness of an exogenous cannabinoid called dronabinol (a THC “facial expression”) and found improvements in 15 of 17 study participants after 21 days of treatment.

Another study from 2002 observed the ability of THC to restore airway stability by modulating serotonin signaling. We need more confidence from clinical trials to ensure cannabis is effective, but researchers seem off to a good start. 3)https://www.elitedaily.com/life/differences-sleeping-alcohol-vs-weed/1031640

9. Discontinuing long-term use can worsen sleep.

If you've ever stopped or taken a tolerance break after prolonged use of cannabis, you are probably familiar with this phenomenon. You may find yourself tossing and spinning, waking up often, or feeling battered the next day.

A 2008 sleep study found that cessation of long-term use resulted in shorter sleep time, less sleep with slow waves, poorer sleep efficiency, longer onset of sleep, shorter REM cycles, and more sleep disorders in abstinence than the drug-free control group. 4)https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3kpzmv/does-smoking-weed-before-bed-affect-my-sleep

However, the researchers acknowledge that these results are limited by a small sample size and the inability to determine the cause. In other words, it is possible that the study participants used cannabis to treat pre-existing insomnia, and stopping use caused a resurgence of sleepless symptoms.

10. Cannabis use at a young age can lead to insomnia.

The use of cannabis - especially before the age of 15 - can lead to sleep disorders in adulthood, according to a study from 2014 that included survey information from 1,811 participants with a previous history of use. The key word is “can” - the study could not determine whether cannabis caused poor sleep or whether insomniacs were more likely to use cannabis for their sedative effects. Further studies are needed to confirm a causal relationship.

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Hey, I'm Manuel Bayer. I am a passionate hemp user and advocate its positive properties. And in order to make this palatable to people, I did educational work with my first blog. Today I have specialized in cannabidiol and answer all questions about the topic.