Trouble sleeping? Try cannabis.

“I have trouble falling asleep,” I told my friend Sharon over lunch.

“I fall asleep okay,” Sharon said, “but then I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep.”

“When I don’t get enough sleep, I feel sluggish, like I’m slogging through mud.

I’m forgetful, I repeat myself, and I have trouble writing and being creative.”

“Have you considered using Cannabis?” she asked.

I was surprised by her question. “Ah, no. Do you?”

“Yep. My personal trainer supplies me with packets of chocolate-covered coffee beans. The cannabis oil is in the chocolate. When I feel I might need one, I take one at bedtime, and it helps me to stay asleep.”

I thought about trying it. “Don’t you need a prescription to purchase medicinal marijuana?”

“Yeah, but that’s easy. You can Skype with a doctor who will do a diagnosis then issue a prescription.”

Really? I was so intrigued by our conversation that I did a little research. I googled “obtaining a prescription for medicinal marijuana,” and one listing showed 420 doctors near me who would diagnose and issue a prescription or a medicinal card through an on-line appointment. This may not be new information to you, but I was surprised.

Three Strains of Marijuana                                                                                                                                       I continued digging and found an interesting article called Cannabis and Sleep: 10 Things to Know About Your Herbal Nightcap by Bailey Rahn. There are three types of marijuana: sativa, indica, and hybrid.


The indica strain, as shown in the picture above, has heavier, sleepier effects, sativa is best for stimulation, and hybrids have multiple strength combinations for different applications.

Fall Asleep Faster                                                                                                                                               Baily Rahn also found that aged cannabis is best for inducing sleep. This is especially true for those treating paininsomniaPTSDmultiple sclerosis, or other conditions that interfere with sleeping. Inhaling helps facilitate sleep faster, while eating Cannabis-infused edibles takes longer but helps you stay asleep.

Considering Cannabis                                                                                                                                            If you’re considering using cannabis, please know that it tends to inhibit dreams, which occur during REM (rapid-eye-movement) sleep. After stopping usage, people experience more lucid, vivid dreams. Is dreaming important? Researchers found dreams are vital in helping our mind and bodies heal.

Natural Sleep Aids                                                                                                                                               The article encouraged using natural sleep aids with cannabis. For example, hops, chamomile, and lavender teas can improve the efficacy. (Beware: tea is also a diuretic, which can cause you to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.) Melatonin, 5-HTP, and valerian root supplements are also known to help sleep quality. I tried melatonin, and instead of putting me to sleep, I was awake all night. Big mistake. Turns out I’m part of the 2% of the population that melatonin affects in this manner.

Full Disclosure                                                                                                                                                    Have I tried cannabis to help with sleeping? No. Will I try it? I’m hesitant to eat the chocolate-covered coffee bean because chocolate and coffee are stimulates. However, I might consider a different cannabis-food combination. Full disclosure: when I travelled for business to different time zones or if I’m unable to calm my mind, I’ll take half an Ambien or half of a Tylenol PM. However, my doctor told me there are five stages to falling asleep, and that Ambien causes the brain to bypass the first two. These two stages are especially important for the creative process and regular or long-term use can be addictive and harmful.

What do you think? Have you used cannabis to help you sleep? What was your experience? I’d love to hear your opinion.

Warmest Regards,                                                                                                                                           Michele                                                                                                                                                               Author, Busted                                                                                                                                                                                





















1 thought on “Trouble sleeping? Try cannabis.”

  1. Laura BLaura B

    Michelle – I have had narcolepsy for over 30 years. I take a prescription medication for it. When I was first diagnosed it took two full years to find a prescription that let me sleep through the night with no side affects upon waking. I have not tried cannabis as I did not know it could aid in sleep, but probably will not use it for that as what I have been taking for 27 years + is working so well.

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