The medicinal uses of marijuana are becoming more widely known. Today marijuana is used to relieve anxiety, stress, eating disorders, etc. Today we will talk about one of the most common uses: use marijuana to sleep.
Anyone who has trouble falling asleep knows how annoying it can be not to sleep well at night. This results in being tired all the next day, both physically and mentally.
Some preliminary considerations
To talk about any effect that marijuana has on the human body, let’s see what the studies and analysis say on this matter.
As in any medicine we take, the effect is very difficult to determine with absolute precision, as it will be influenced by a multitude of parameters. This may be different, depending on the weight and amount of fat of the person. There will also be variations depending on your diet, substances with which it is combined, how to administer it (tobacco is an exciting, for example) and physical state.
We also have to take into account the variability of the percentages of active ingredients in marijuana. Without a chromatography to detect the different substances and their quantities, it is very difficult a priori, to know how exactly each variety and each plant within the different varieties will affect.
Finally, it should be noted that disorders can arise for different reasons, and each one should be treated in a way. Some can be solved using one type of marijuana, others with another, and others may not be treatable.
Given this, we must say that the dangerousness of the substance is very low. We must assume the dangers derived from the way it is administered, especially if it is smoked, which entails combustion. Keep in mind that it is not advisable to perform dangerous tasks under the influence of cannabis.
Thus, if you have access to various plants and observing what has been said above, the most convenient thing is to try different varieties and check the effect that each one of them has on our ailments. Ideally, we write down the time it takes to take effect, the amounts used and the effects obtained, both beneficial for our disorder and secondary, as well as the unintended ones. If possible, regular eating and habits should be followed during the testing phase.
Once this analysis is finished, we will have to select the plants that have worked best for our ailment and calculate the appropriate doses. This is very important, because the studies consulted by our experts indicate that different amounts of a cannabinoid such as CBD or THC can have very different effects.
How does marijuana help us sleep?
Mainly it helps us thanks to Cannabinol, better known as CBN, a cannabinoid much more narcotic than THC and that is obtained from it.
The potential that CBN offers to treat sleep disorders has been demonstrated in numerous studies, and every day more people turn to it to be able to fall asleep.
THC, through natural processes, such as oxidation, is gradually converted into CBN. The degradation of THC into CBN is not very fast, especially once the plant is drying in the dark. For this reason It is advisable not to be in a hurry when harvesting our plants if what we want is to use it to sleep, since during the maturation if we get that part of the THC is degraded and gives us a more marked harvest.
THC, the most famous and highly psychoactive cannabinoid, makes you fall asleep faster and can reduce the REM phase of your sleep. This phase is where we dream and the latest studies tell us that marijuana reduces dreams and even eliminates them. This can be very positive if the disorder you want to treat is related to poor sleep quality, nightmares or post traumatic stress, allowing you to have a deeper and more restful sleep. So a combination of CBN and THC can be really effective.
CBD, although it has a calming effect, in high doses can lead to excessive mental clarity, which encourages you not to sleep. But nevertheless, if anxiety is preventing you from sleeping, you may be able to reduce it with CBD-rich marijuana and this will help you sleep.
Terpenes are not well studied yet, but the articles consulted suggest that it is possible that they are an essential ingredient in the effects of this plant, and of course they have a role in the ability to regulate our sleep.
It has been suggested that interaction with the terpenes of other substances multiplies the ability to influence our body. A cup of chamomile and a cannabis cigarette can be the best sleep remedy, thanks to the interaction of these terpenes.
Varieties that help us sleep
Having seen the above, now we are going to make some suggestions for plants that we have found to help us sleep. Remember that you must test on your own body which one works best for you, how to take it and in what quantities. Also mention that they are not necessarily indica, as we usually suppose. It has much more to do with the experience of people who have already used it than with their genetics, we already know that marijuana is a strange and surprising plant …
Unknown Kush from Delicious Seeds
It is a plant considered by many people as medicinal and contains a high content of THC. It has been shown to be useful for sleeping and eating disorders and for controlling some pain. If you want a marijuana strain to sleep on, this one will definitely suit you.
Cream Caramel by Sweet Seeds
The plant famous for its cream caramel scent and treats and which has won dozens of awards around the world is a 90% indica and has a well-deserved reputation for being ultra-relaxing. It contains a medium level of CBD (1.6%) and reaches 20% THC.
Txees Bilbo from Genehtik Seeds
The aromatic and powerful Cheese from the Vizcaíno bank offers us an alternative to regulate our sleep, in addition to high yields and great ease of cultivation.
Dinamed CBD from Dinafem Seeds
It is Dinafem’s CBD sleeping marijuana strain, with a very high level of CBD and a minimal THC percentage. For those people who help them sleep CBD is the ideal plant, powerful and with aromas and flavors that will make the treatment against insomnia a pleasure.
Different ways of administering cannabinoids
Using cannabis to sleep can be harmful to our health if it is consumed generating a combustion. There are many people who are concerned about their health and do not want to use cannabis in a harmful way.
Therefore, we are going to explain some alternatives to smoking for those who wish to consume marijuana in a healthier way and be able to use the therapeutic properties of cannabis.
These are the ways to consume marijuana to sleep without putting our health at risk:
A vaporizer is a device that heats the air and makes it pass through the cannabis plant matter, thus carrying away all the active ingredients that we want to benefit from.
Since the vaporizer does not generate combustion and uses only hot air, it is not harmful to our body. There are a multitude of vaporizers on the market, from tabletop vaporizers to portable vaporizers that incorporate the latest technology.
The effects of this infusion they can begin to be noticed up to more than an hour after having consumed it. It is essential to carry out tests with small doses of this preparation, to observe the effects on our body and avoid consuming more than recommended, as it can lead us to unpleasant situations since the effects can be different and stronger than smoked or vaporized.
Cannabinoids are fat-soluble, that is, they are diluted in fat. That is why we recommend using whole milk to make the infusion.
To prepare our infusion we only need half a liter of whole milk and 0.5 grams of dried marijuana buds. We recommend that you start with low doses (0.5 grams) and work your way up if the effects are not as expected.
We put the milk and marijuana in a saucepan, and heat for an hour and a half over medium heat without boiling. If the milk starts to boil, the cannabinoids could deteriorate.
Then you just have to pass the milk through a strainer to remove the remains of vegetable matter and you will have your marijuana infusion ready to sleep.
As in the previous recipe, you must bear in mind that the assimilation of cannabinoids by ingestion are different, they take longer to take effect and can be more powerful. Use this oil with care, especially if you are not used to consuming cannabinoids.
Place the olive oil (if it is extra virgin) and the marijuana in a container and heat it for 2 and a half hours in a water bath, stirring every 15 minutes.
Finally, remove impurities. Stir the final mixture and pour it over a filter (those for coffee are the best, as they do not let any vegetable residue pass), which you will have placed in the pot where you are going to store the oil. Once this is done, keep the oil in a dark place and at a cool and stable temperature.
The uses of your cannabis to sleep are multiple, as a salad dressing, to perform scrubs and massages, toast bread, etc. For a more precise use you can place a few drops under the tongue, distribute the oil through the mouth and little by little you will swallow it. It is a very fast way of administration.
Do not forget that cannabinoids start if the temperature rises above 160 approximately, so it is not convenient to use this product for roasts, fried, etc. For cold use only.
What do I use for sleeping pills or marijuana?
Sleeping pills have a great risk of addiction, much higher than that of marijuana (which is below 10% of people who use it recreationally, and less than 1% in therapeutic treatments).
What’s more, these types of pills have multiple side effects such as dizziness or lightheadedness, which can lead to falls, headache, gastrointestinal problems (diarrhea and nausea), prolonged drowsiness (especially those that help you stay asleep), severe allergic reaction, sleep-related behaviors (driving or eating when you’re not fully awake), memory and performance problems during the day.
However, cannabis has the side effects that many of us look for, but that can be a nuisance for therapeutic users: sedation, euphoria, verbiage, muscle relaxation and hallucinations. And others that are not usually desired by anyone, but that disappear shortly after stopping their consumption: malaise, paranoia, feeling of loss of control, memory impairment, altered perception of time, dry mouth, alteration in movements and tachycardia.
Knowing all the aforementioned, it is you who has to make the decision between taking pills or marijuana to sleep.
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