There was also improvement shown when it came to sleeping throughout the night. If you are thinking of smoking a joint before bed to help you fall asleep quicker, you should know that there are many different strains of “bud” and they can all affect you differently. It is suggested that you use an indica dominant strain. This will give you a mellow, body high, instead of making you hyper and disoriented.
The final stage of sleep for us is called REM or Rapid Eye Movement. It’s not for certain as to why, but smoking before bed reduces REM sleep and reduces dreaming. Some say that it’s because of pot’s tendency to blunt dopamine response. Dopamine is what directs our attention and creates dreams. If you suddenly stop smoking after doing it for a long period of time without having dreams or even having minimal dream episodes, your dreams are likely to come back with really angry with you. This is because smokers regain their sensitivity to dopamine, sometimes at a really unstable level. My brother in law does not report having dreams while he is sleeping after smoking. I do, however, recall him telling me about some crazy dreams he was having after not smoking for a while before a surgery he needed. He was smoking almost every night for a month or so and he had to stop abruptly.
Sleep apnea is the disruption of breathing patterns during sleep. This is something that affects millions of people, making them really sleepy because they aren’t getting enough z’s. In 2002, a study was performed that suggests that the use of marijuana for sleep has the ability to suppress sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can cause someone to wake up many times throughout the night. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you can be moody, suffer from headaches, your chance of accidents is increased, and there could be other health issues that come along with it. Another study was performed on 17 participants over a 21 day period. This study measured the efficacy of a cannabinoid called “dronabinol”, which is a THC mimic. Improvement in sleep apnea were shown in 15 out of these 17 people. Another study showed an improvement in respiratory stability. As you may already know, there are 4 stages of sleep and REM that we go through. Each one of these stages play a different role in how we sleep. This stage is the initial time it takes for us to actually fall asleep and it’s the time where the body transitions into a comfortable sleep. This stage is usually only active for 7 minute and if someone is experiencing pain or stress, this could take longer. Marijuana is best known for its sedative and relaxation effects, so it’s a no brainer that it would help you drift off to sleep quicker by relaxing you more. In this stage, your eye movement stops and your brainwaves slow down. This puts you into a light sleep and you are more likely to be easily woken up. This stage seems to be the least affected by pot, but nobody knows for sure as to why. Since these stages are referred to as a single cycle, they seem to be the most restorative out of the four stages. This stage is also lengthened with the use of cannabis. This could be linked to an increased reduction of beta-amyloid, a plaque that is commonly associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. Although more research needs to be done, which is tough due to the legality of pot, it still looks promising. In REM sleep, breathing is more rapid, your eyes twitch, and your limb muscles are temporarily paralyzed. When you smoke, your dreaming is reduced or stopped. You’re less likely to wake up from a dream, especially if you aren’t having them. Marijuana has the ability to do many things to your body.
Your body has what’s called an “endocannabinoid system” which is what regulates sleep, along with some other things. Marijuana also has these chemicals, as aforementioned. My brother in law can personally attest to this method.
If he’s stressed or in pain, he smokes, but not much. Even one or two hits can instantly make him feel drowsy.