Cannabis can be a splendid sleep aid, which is why many consumers keep a go-to favorite by their bedside. Even people with the most stubborn insomnia can find their escape to the dream world with a nice sedating indica. While most consumers are aware that cannabis can help you get a good night’s sleep, there’s a lot more to that relationship than you might think. For example, did you know older dried cannabis makes you sleepier than fresh bud? And did you know that marijuana inhibits dreams?
Get ready to learn a thing or two about the ways cannabis can help or hinder your nightly hibernation.
1. CBD and THC affect sleep differently
By now you probably know that there are different types of strains: some get you high (high-THC, low-CBD), some don’t (high-CBD, low-THC), and others keep your buzz at a minimum (equal or near-equal parts THC and CBD). But which ones are better for sleep?
Most studies on sleep examine high-THC cannabis, so it’s hard to know precisely how CBD affects sleep cycles. Between the dearth of CBD research available and reported anecdotes, we see a mix of reactions. While some animal model studiesshow that CBD can have a slightly alerting effect, a survey of 72 adults with anxiety and poor sleep found that two-thirds of participants reported improved sleep with CBD after one month of use. However, one-fourth of participants reported worsened symptoms, so questions remain regarding who benefits from CBD and why.
It doesn’t hurt to try different products to see what works. But if CBD doesn’t work for you, consider trying a low dose of THC. Its hypnotic, sedative effects might just be the lullaby you’ve needed.
2. Not all strains are equal
Popular opinion would tell you that indica strains tend to induce heavy, sleepy effects and sativas are known to be uplifting and energizing. While this might often be true (just take a look at our top-rated sleepy strains), this shouldn’t be the sole basis of your strain selection.
Take note of which strains have successfully lulled you to sleep. Are they high in THC or CBD? Did they exhibit a particular terpene profile? By keeping close tabs on the chemical composition of your favorite bedtime strains, you’re more likely to make another strain selection that you’re happy with.