Cannabis for Sleep: Will it Promote Sufficient Rest?
How cannabis is changing the alchemy for sound sleep
By Barbara Shaw
Using Cannabis for Sleep to Reduce Migraines
Shawna Siydock has used cannabis to combat the debilitating migraines that keep her up on a regular basis at night. She uses oils or smokes dried flower.
“Migraines have caused me to miss some really important events in my life,” she says. “The hours I have spent in severe pain, either in a dark room with no sound or in a hospital are too many to count.”
Siydock says if she can use cannabis when a headache starts, it often allows her to get some sleep and reduce the pain and vomiting that can occur. During the day she uses a CBD strain to allow her to continue to be alert and function. At night, she reaches for a rich indica for a full knockout effect.
Using Cannabis for Sleep to Reduce Night Sweats
Lisa Deltori started using cannabis two years ago to ward off peri-menopausal night sweats. She was so thrilled with how it relieved her chronic pain that she continued using CBD gummies and tinctures even after her night sweats subsided.
“I sometimes have crazy dreams,” she says.
Personal chef Scotia Admiral has been using cannabis since she was a teen. But more recently it’s her best bet at getting enough sleep so she can keep on top of her booming business and the demands of raising three kids (with another on the way).
Choose the Right Strain to Sleep
While cannabis has been enjoyed for mind-expanding properties, for many connoisseurs like Admiral it’s a preferred option to dependency-forming pharmaceutical products. She looks for a hybrid bud for her bong and avoids too much sativa, which gives her too much energy.
Admiral says, “I want to keep things as natural and as simple as possible when it comes to my body.”
Anyone with sleep issues has likely tried lavender products and linalool, the lavender-scented terpenes that can be found in cannabis. Linalool also increases adenosine, a hormone that helps us fall asleep.
Cannabinoids like Cannabidiol (CBD) are also known to promote relaxation as well as reduce pain and anxiety without making you feel high. Also receiving notice in more recent studies on sleep are the lesser-known sedative effects of Cannabinol (CBN).
The mind-altering cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is definitely a sedative, but it too is being looked at now for its ability to improve breathing during sleep.
Although THC can sometimes leave you feeling sluggish the morning after, it also seems to reduce the amount of time spent dreaming, which is great for people who are living with PTSD and find their dreams may contribute by uncontrollable anxiety.
While cannabis consumers are generally versed in their preference for sativa (getting high) versus indica (getting stoned), new research suggests that cannabinoids and terpenes are now all thought to contribute to the alchemy needed for sound sleep.