While this has been a topic of debate for several years now, it seems recently researchers have been making significant progress in proving the positive effects of marijuana on sleep.
The Science behind Weed and Sleep
Apparently, the chemicals in weed (known as cannabinoids) mimic the activity of natural chemicals already found in the brain – chemicals that make up the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating sleep.
The most beneficial ingredient of weed appears to be Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is why Cannabis indica is often suggested for night-time use. This type of weed has a high THC:CBD (Cannabidiol) ratio, providing a relaxing or calming body buzz.
So, moving on, THC can increase the amount of slow-wave sleep (or deep sleep) people experience – which is awesome because slow-wave sleep is believed to play a big role in repairing and restoring the body. Oh, and slow-wave sleep is especially important to all our older Stoned girls fans out there, as a lack of this can be a strong predictor of high blood pressure in older men! So, smoke up, studs! We want to keep you around as long as possible.
And, finally, smoking weed before bedtime may reduce the amount of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep you experience, which is why many of you may not dream as much during a high slumber. Plus, ingesting THC can reduce the density of rapid eye movements during REM sleep, which is good news because less REM density has been linked to better sleep overall. And, it should be noted researchers still aren’t sure what purpose REM sleep serves, so don’t worry about missing out on it.
So, simply put, ingesting THC before bedtime may help people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It allows for a more restful sleep by increasing the amount of time you spend in slow-wave sleep and decreasing your amount of REM sleep. Remember, though, this is an ongoing debate, but we at Stoned Girls are a huge fan of the research results thus far!