Relationship between Marijuana and Sleep

Marijuana has been commonly used to aid sleep, and marijuana has been shown to reduce the time of onset of sleep and increase its overall duration without leaving the user tired the next day.

When someone who uses a lot of marijuana stops smoking suddenly, they usually complain of difficulty sleeping and that dreams are much more real, which makes it clear that there is a correlation between marijuana and sleep.

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To understand how marijuana affects sleep it is important to understand a few basic things about the genetic expressions of the broad spectrum of marijuana strains.

At one end of the spectrum are predominantly Sativa varieties that tend to have an energizing and creative effect, while at the other end of the spectrum are predominantly Indica varieties whose characteristics are relaxing and pain-relieving.

While Indica strains like Northern Light, LA confidential, Sensi star, or OG Kush will be ideal for insomnia while Sativa strains like Jack Herer, Destroyer, Durban Poison, or Chocolope can help you keep your eye open.

The stages of sleep and marijuana.

Marijuana does much more than help people fall asleep, in fact, it is heavily involved in the different stages of sleep.

During the 1st phase of sleep, which is the time it takes to fall asleep, normally this phase usually lasts about 7 minutes, but times can be lengthened due to pain and stress, we know that marijuana relieves stress and helps to relax the body.

The 2nd phase of sleep is the stage in which you have a lighter sleep during which you can be easily awakened. This stage is the one that is least affected by marijuana use.

The 3rd and 4th phases are normally understood as a single stage of sleep and which is called SWS or slow waves of sleep, these stages are the most restorative, which are lengthened with the use of marijuana.

Consuming marijuana reduces the REM phase.

The last phase of sleep is the REM phase (Rapid eye movement), which is the phase where dreams happen and marijuana reduces this phase and it is not yet known why. The purpose of the REM phase continues to be debated, some speculating that it helps us regulate neurotransmitter levels and body temperature, while others speculate its relationship to memory retention.

Some heavy smokers have trouble sleeping once they quit, they also have trouble staying awake in addition to what is known as “REM rebound” and which induces very realistic dreams that often produce some anxiety. This can take a few days but there are some people that it can take weeks.

Marijuana to treat sleep apnea.

Apnea is a common breathing disorder and the sleep most common of them is obstructive sleep apnea, it is a stop in breathing or obstruction in the airways that later comes back with snoring, which prevents you from resting properly and makes you feel tired during the day.

In a 2002 study, it was suggested that cannabinoids could suppress obstructive sleep apnea, as early as 2013 another psychiatric study in which it was stated that THC autonomously stabilizes breathing, reduces breathing disorders during sleep, and blocks excess of serotonin that produces apnea.

In short, marijuana and sleep have a special relationship as we can see, it makes you sleep earlier, makes you sleep more, and extends the time of restful sleep, although it reduces the temporary duration of sleep.

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