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Cannabis and Sleep – 3 Amazing Facts You Need to Know

Cannabis and Sleep – What’s the connection?

We have all experienced that overwhelmingly horrible feeling of lying in bed, watching the clock tick into the early hours unable to settle your mind and get some well deserved sleep. Conversely, I am certain all of us have also experienced the cacophonous sound of that early morning alarm, urging you out of bed when it feels like you have had no where near enough rest. Both of these undesirable experiences rarely occur for some, but for others, it can be a very serious problem that can lead to equally serious medical conditions.

If you are a cannabis user, you will be fully aware of its relationship with sleep. Some say it helps them have a peaceful night’s rest, others say it makes waking up the next day a real challenge. But who is right? We take a look at 5 key facts about the relationship between cannabis and sleep that should help you answer some valuable questions.

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1.CBN – The Sedative Cannabinoid

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With all of the talk about THC and CBD, you would be forgiven for forgetting that their are in fact other cannabis present in the cannabis plant. And one of the lesser discussed cannabinoids present is CBN, or cannabinol.

CBN is created during the degradation of THC, which happens when cannabis is left exposed over a significant period of time. Estimates believe that CBN is up to five times more sedating than THC or any other cannabinoid.

Essentially, the longer you leave the cannabis the more THC will convert into CBN, meaning a fantastic sedative can be used.

2. Cannabis Can Stop Bad Dreams

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While this may be a disappointing thing to hear for those who relish dreams, for people who suffer from PTSD or suffer from perennial nightmares, this can be a life changing revelation.

Essentially, dreams or nightmares occur during REM, which is a cyclical stage of your sleep cycle. A study conducted in 2008 by the University of Freiburg, Germany, revealed that cannabis use just before sleep can reduce the amount of time spent in REM, which consequentially leads to a reduction in dreams.

3. Cannabis Can Suppress Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea is a potentially debilitating condition which is characterised by obstructions in breathing whilst asleep. This leads to frequent awakenings and subsequently, fatigue, headaches and irritability throughout the next day.

However, in a study conducted in 2013 by the University of Chicago, reported that dronabinol (an ‘imitation’ THC) reduced the occurrence of Sleep Apnea in patients, leading to a restful sleep and no discernible issues the following day.

Do you use cannabis to help with your sleeping pattern? Let us know whether it has worked for you in the comments below.


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  • theuglytree

    If I don’t have the calming and sedative sides of cannabis I wouldn’t only get maybe 2 hours sleep a night……if I was lucky.

    • Josh Strandgard


      • theuglytree

        Don’t dismiss what you don’t understand….I’ve tried everything to get proper sleep, I even used to go out on runs and I still couldn’t sleep properly. I was given a weeks sleeping tablets, it took double the dose to get me to sleep. Not only that but medication has already caused enough damage, I have to have B12 injections for life now all because of prescribed medication, so you know absolutely nothing about me or the good uses of marijuana. Stop being a dismissive troll and run along, there’s a good lad 🙂

  • Patrick Whiting

    Oh yeah! It definitely helps me get a good nights sleep.

  • Dianne Yonan

    When smoking or vaping cannabis it does help me get to sleep but after a few hours I would wake up and not be able to get back to sleep. I have recently made some capsules using decarbed buds and/or trim. These really work for me. I hadn’t slept like that for years. I also get night sweats from menopause and these seem to eliminate those during the night also. Sweet slumber, nothing like it.

    • Vicki Behrens

      Thanks for the info.

  • vietnamvetwife

    PTSD, severe..Vietnam vet. On everything the ,VA offered. No help. Became legal in Oregon…pot brownie an hour before bed. Sleep all night, fewer sweats, no flashback night terrors. Literally a life saver.

  • Tim.

    Chronic back pain (@ a severe level developed working at an Abbatoir lifting pig carcasses in 2003- and moderate, yet chronic pain since 1997, again stacking heavy clothing packs to be shipped to poorer countries , of 30kg and 50kg).
    After too long a hiatus, but long enough to distinguish between teenage experimentation and “abuse”, a lack of people whom used to respect Marijuana more than the Dollar or the so-called power they think they have in selling it- I managed to teach myself how to grow in the last year or so and the very first morning after having a (somewhat bloody strong!) joint- the overall relaxation in my body was amazing. Doctors prescribe me all sorts of painkillers, of which I believe Marijuana has the very least “price to pay”. The very least, I thank the Seedbanks greatly…
    P.S. I have had a botched Laminectomy and Guttate or “Raindrop” Psoriasis (since age 8!) and the best treatment for both is, guess?- Good appetite, Sunshine (anyone with Psoriasis!!?) and trying to remain calm.
    Best wishes to all whom know what they need… Best wishes.

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