Cannabis has been a known sedative for centuries, thanks to its relaxing properties.
Sleep. It’s so vital for health and wellness, yet so many of us struggle with it.
Getting a good night’s rest isn’t as easy as you think, at least for a great deal of the population. If you’re between the age of 18 to 64, you need 7 up to 9 hours of good sleep each night. Yet, a surprising 35.2% of American adults sleep less than 7 hours a night while 10-30% of adults report that they struggle with chronic insomnia.
A night of deep sleep is essential to feeling great the next day, and it also helps prevent a host of health problems down the line. It’s crucial for helping the body to repair internally, prevent sickness, keep the immune system up, prevent weight gain… the list goes on.
Because so many people find good sleep to be elusive, we’ve seen a rise in over-the-counter medications meant to address sleep. Yet, so many of them don’t work and leave people feeling extremely groggy the next day. And that’s where cannabis comes into play.
Why Cannabis Works So Well As A Sleep Aid
Cannabis has been a known sedative for centuries, thanks to its relaxing properties. There are numerous studies that prove this point. On top of that, a survey conducted in 2019 where 1,000 people were polled revealed that three-fourths of them used cannabis to help them sleep, saying it was helpful.
But for anyone who’s starting out in the world of cannabis, and for those who desperately want it to help them sleep, read on to help you better navigate dispensaries for the right product.
There are hundreds of naturally-occurring chemicals within the cannabis plant that affect sleep. The two main compounds are broken down into cannabinoids and terpenes. There are three main cannabinoids:
THC: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive compound in the plant that gets you high. It’s famous for its pain relief and anti-nausea properties, but it also has potent sedative effects and can help you fall asleep faster. THC has also been found to reduce your time in REM sleep, which in layman’s terms means that you have reduced dreams. This is especially helpful if you are prone to nightmares which can wake you up in the middle of the night and make it harder to go back to sleep. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio via Pexels CBD: Cannabidiol (CBD) is a therapeutic compound that doesn’t get you high. It’s relaxing properties are well-known, and it’s already widely used for the treatment of anxiety, pain, and depression. Studies have shown that it’s also beneficial for promoting alertness and reducing sleepiness during the daytime.