Cannabis and Sleep

Today we live in a fast-paced society where everyone is working to fend for the family. While this circle is normal for most family heads, this constant hustle to make it easy for the family most often comes at a cost. While this comes with a lot of stress to some in accrued cases, there are often recorded cases of insomnia (an inability to achieve or get quality sleep).

Cannabis as a Panacea for Sleep

While there are a wide variety of prescription drugs that serve as a panacea for quality, none is as effective as cannabis (researchers say). Making it a popular choice amongst its users, thanks to its limited side effects as opposed to prescription drugs. Thanks to years of extensive research, cannabis can make falling asleep easy as well as shortens the time it takes to fall asleep. Notably for persons facing sleeping difficulties (researchers say).

Cannabis Components Responsible For Inducing Sleep

Unlike most plants, researchers opine that cannabis is rich with over a dozen chemical components potent enough to affect sleep or sleep routines in humans. With that said, some of the cannabis components that influence the quality of sleep include cannabinoids and terpenes.

1. Cannabinoids

With over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, scientist opines that most if not all of them can serve a panacea for sleep as well as a wide array if ailment such as, Depression, Anxiety, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, Seizures, Different forms of cancer, and Chronic pain.

However, just three cannabinoids all have effects on sleep. They include

       i.            CBD

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Unlike its THC counterpart (responsible for the high feeling), the (CBD) on the other hand is responsible for activating relative calm to the body while possessing the ability to induce quality sleep when consumed. Apart from its ability to give quality sleep, the CBD’s rise to prominence is thanks to its ability to serve as a panacea for anxiety, pain, Promote mental focus and clarity, and reduce tiredness during the daytime.

   ii.            CBN

Found in aged cannabis, the Cannabinol or CBN for shorts isn’t a very popular component of the cannabis plant like its CBD and THC counterparts. However, what it looses in popularity, this component makes up big time with its attributes. With the most common being its ability to serve as a powerful sedative when combined with the THC. Amongst other things, this cannabinoid is potent and serves a panacea for pain, inflamations, stimulate appetite, and sleep.

iii.            THC

When we talk of the psychoactive (high feeling) component of cannabis, look no further than Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Like the CBD and CBN, the THC can only give a high but also can serve as a panacea for pain as well as pain and nausea and above all, it possesses the ability to induce quality of sleep, improve breathing during sleep. It also serves as a potential therapy for obstructive sleep apnea

2.     Terpenes

These tiny molecules found in cannabis are responsible for the varied smell and tastes evident in the many cannabis strains on offer today. With over 150 different terpenes on offer makes different terpenes combinations to create distinct taste and smell and each terpene gives a unique feel when consumed. Researchers opine that terpenes possess the ability to give energy, boost moods, keeps its users alert, and of course sleepiness. With that said, terpenes that serve as a panacea for sleep include:

i.                   Myrcene

With its roots to link to cannabis, the Myrcene comes in a wide array of fruits and herbs like mangoes, basil, thyme, and lemongrass as well as sleep-promoting plants hops and ylang-ylang. Known to come with sedative effects, the Myrcene is an ideal panacea for inflammations.

ii.                 Caryophyllene

This terpene serves as a panacea for stress, anxiety, and pain but most importantly, it is ideal for persons in need of quality sleep. All of which is credited to its relaxing, anxiolytic and analgesic properties.

iii.              Limonene

Found in citrus peels as well as in cannabis and other plants, this citrus-flavored terpene serves as a panacea for anxiety and stress (researchers say). Thanks to its anti-depressant effects, scientists researching cannabis say this terpene when consumed gives a calming, mood-lifting effect. One that elevates serotonin levels in the brain, insomnia symptoms, and promotes sleep. Other terpenes potent enough to put the body in full relaxation mood and induce sleep when consumed include terpineol and linalool.

Concentrates Vs Bong Vs Joint: Which Works Better Before Bedtime?

Concentrates

Tagged also as marijuana or cannabis concentrate/extracts, is a concentrated mass that is rich in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and/or cannabidiol (CBD). Marijuana concentrates come with mouthwatering THC levels from 40 to 80%. Which is certainly four times stronger in THC in top-shelf marijuana, which stands at around 20%. Such an astronomical THC level isn’t best to consume during the day but rather before bedtime. For fear, it may disrupt your daily activities.

Bong

The bong is a filtration device that serves a smoking aid for cannabis, tobacco, or other herbal substances. It is also called a water pipe, billy, bing, or moof. Considering the human system varies, vaping with the aid of a bong reacts differently. While it is ideal for some before bedtime to make falling asleep easy, others need the high to subside before they can achieve quality sleep.

Joint

Unlike concentrates, bong and joints react differently when it comes to inducing sleep before bedtime. This is evident simply because everyone is different. To Tishler, rolling one up about three to four hours before bedtime is ideal and works best for those seeking quality night sleep.

Final Note

Taking to mind the aforementioned tips and findings it is only normal to say that cannabis can put your body and mind in a full relaxation mood before its bedtime and spice it up with quality sleep. 

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