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Cannabis to help you Sleep: What you need to know - Weedguide

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Date:
Friday, Aug 31, 2018

Are you among the reported one-third of American adults not getting enough sleep? Even though the restorative properties of sleep on physical and mental can’t be emphasized enough, busy lifestyles and constant exposure to overstimulating TV, smartphone and tablet screens have led us down the road to sleep-deprivation. While we’re supposed to be powering down for 7-9 hours every night, the average American is clocking in only 6.8 hours of sleep, with 40% of us snoozing fewer than 6 hours nightly.

While sleep aids have become more prevalent over the last 30 years – the over-the-counter market alone generated a reported $416 million in 2017, an increase of almost double from 2011 – the reality is that OTC and prescription drugs can cause problems ranging from side effects like daytime drowsiness and constipation, to addiction and overdose. In this post, we break down everything you need to know if you’re thinking about trying cannabis to help you sleep better.

HOW CANNABIS AFFECTS SLEEP

Cannabis interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to produce a variety of effects ranging from stimulated appetite to euphoria to pain relief. Despite being known primarily for its psychoactive properties, the cannabinoid THC is also a sedative that can help users fall and stay asleep. Not only that, our other favorite cannabinoid CBD helps by addressing pain and anxiety, which can be huge barriers to a restful sleep. In addition to cannabis’ ability to nurture the optimal internal environment for getting great shut-eye, it can also shorten REM sleep and the dreams – or for some like PTSD sufferers, nightmares – that accompany it, enabling you to spend more time in a deep, productive sleep.