A good night's sleep is essential for both well-being and health. There is no hard and fast rule as to how many ideal hours of sleep a person should have.
It depends on age, builds, and activity level. But some of us seem to have found the solution through the use of hemp herbs.
Millions of people around the world use cannabis, and many of them swear by this THC-rich weed to improve the quality of their nights. If you've never used cannabis and aren't familiar with its applications, you might have doubts about its purported benefits as a sleep aid. There is, however, an ever-growing body of research and studies on the subject. They are backed by countless consumer reports that attest to the effectiveness of cannabis in promoting restful sleep.
These days, many people use a glass bong to consume their cannabis to sleep in the healthiest way possible. Thanks to the bong, the smoke is cooled and filtered thus removing a large part of the heavier elements such as the ashes.
But is this weed, whether inhaled with a bong or a pipe a glass, really as effective as claimed? How exactly does cannabis affect our sleep and how does it interfere with our dreams? This is what we will see in this article.
The influence of THC on REM sleep
Many consumers report having fewer dreams when they regularly use cannabis. And many experience a very intense onset of sleep when they abstain from consuming it for an extended period.
Studies have confirmed these claims. They have also shown that THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), a cannabinoid from the hemp plant, has psychoactive properties that act on the brain by modifying the balance of the nervous system. These properties influence the psyche by modifying the cerebral rhythm, thus reducing REM sleep. Therefore, the THC contained in cannabis would play a key role in regulating the quality and quantity of sleep.
A 2008 study published in the journal Sleep Research Society suggests that heavy weed users spend less time in the REM stage of the sleep cycle than any other people. Since the REM phase is when we dream most of our dreams, it is more than likely that heavy cannabis users who spend less time in REM sleep dreamless.
rem sleep cycle
At the extreme, total suppression of REM sleep can, under certain conditions, be very beneficial. This is the case for people who have experienced serious traumatic incidents, such as acts of violence, tragic accidents, or abuse. These events can cause post-traumatic stress disorder. A condition marked by anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, and a host of other mental health issues.
Another study from 2004 also found that cannabis may have a sleep-enhancing and sleep-promoting effect. On the other hand, it can sometimes produce drowsiness on waking as well as a bad mood. CBD on the other hand, which unlike THC has no psychotropic effects, has a better waking effect and can even neutralize the residual soporific effects of high doses of THC.
Therefore, whether cannabis has a positive or negative effect on sleep depends from person to person and the type of cannabis used. For an individual who has difficulty staying asleep or falling asleep, the sleep-promoting effects of THC may be beneficial. Someone who needs to be alert early in the morning, on the other hand, can benefit from CBD-rich cannabis instead.
As we have seen, THC can affect REM sleep by promoting or inhibiting it. Unfortunately, like most areas of research, there's still a lot we don't know about the effects of cannabis on sleep and dreams. Yet more and more information is coming to the surface. So we may soon see major advances in the use of cannabinoids as a way to promote sleep.