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How Marijuana Completely Changes Your Sleep

Can it be a sleep aid?

By Ali HamdyPublished 4 months ago 3 min read

marijuana weed cannabis whatever you like to call it there's a ton available these days in fact in Canada there's more rear shops than all the McDonald's Wendy's Burger Kings Taco Bells and Starbucks is combined but given my own personal interest in the substance and my obsessive interest in sleep, I've recently started asking myself what exactly is the pot doing to my sleep I know some people swear by it as a sleep aid in fact nearly 50% of users report that they're using to help them sleep while others say it only makes things worse what's going on inside your body and brain when you go to sleep high or simply consume cannabis on a regular basis and more importantly could you and I actually be hurting our sleep energy levels and mental capacity in the long run first up let's look at the good sleep news.

One of the main benefits of THC that you may have experienced and that's supported by research is a decreased sleep onset latency this is just a fancy way of saying when you have THC in your system you're likely to fall asleep faster which is particularly useful for people who find their minds running before bed or those who suffer from insomnia in fact studies specifically looking at those suffering from insomnia found that marijuana not only helped them fall asleep faster but also allowed them to sleep longer as a result this led to higher daily functioning and general Improvement of well-being and studies looking at people suffering from depression and PTSD have found similar results as they often experience poor sleep as well for people who don't have specific sleep issues research shows that a single dose of cannabis can reduce sleep onset latency increase Total Sleep Time and bring less sleep disruptions once asleep.

But repeated use of cannabis can actually start to cause problems which we'll get to shortly there's also been some promising Research into CBD the non- psychoactive component of cannabis first it may interact with your body's thermal regulation by decreasing your body temperature to initiate sleep your body actually needs to drop its core temperature by around 1.5°C.

People who use chronically which is defined by around 20 days in the last month are 64% more likely to sleep less than 6 hours a night and 76% more likely to sleep longer than 9 hours than people who don't consume which may seem like an odd stat but research over the years has found that sleeping between 7 to 9 hours is optimal or the decent zone and those who fall out of that range have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes as well as the long-term progression of things like atherosclerosis diabetes coronary artery disease and any of the major cardiovascular diseases but whether these sleep issues are actually caused by cannabis or simply correlative is still a little murky in some studies for example it's possible that people who have bad sleep or suffer from insomnia are more likely to turn to cannabis as a possible solution at the end of the day what can you take away overall the results of cannabis use on sleep specifically THC don't look too good while a single dose might help you one night repeated use can very quickly make the problem much worse

It could also be good for your mental and physical health yay but I'm curious about your experiences and perspectives with it if you want to leave a comment down below I'd love to read.

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Ali Hamdy

I am an architect who loves to research random topics and share my thoughts with fellow writers <3

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