More than 75% of Americans struggle with sleep at some point during any given year, but for some, this battle is serious enough to be considered a disorder. In this blog we’ll dive into how sleep disorders are classified, and reveal important studies that uncover the relationship between cannabis and a good night’s sleep.
What is a Sleep Disorder?
Chronic sleep disorders involve issues with the quality, timing, and amount of sleep, which in turn negatively affects the ability to properly function during the day. Sleep disorders are incredibly common and affect more than 40 million Americans each year, and 20 million more Americans suffer from non-chronic sleep issues each year.
The Consequences of Chronic Sleep Disorders
Lack of sleep and too much sleep are linked to many chronic health problems. Without a proper diagnosis, chronic sleep disorders can lead to heart disease and diabetes. Furthermore, sleep disorders can be a warning sign for other underlying neurological and cardiovascular problems, so it’s important that you speak to your doctor if you’ve believe you may be struggling with a sleep disorder.
Cannabis can Help You Fall Asleep Quicker
Cannabis naturally contains a compound called cannabinol (CBN), and early research is showing correlation between CBN content in cannabis and falling asleep. CBN has shown to be the most sedative compound in the plant. Traditional wisdom would tell you that an Indica strain would help you fall asleep quicker than a Sativa, but it actually could be due to the CBN profiles within specific strains. So if you’re looking for the right strain to help you fall asleep, ask one of our budtenders at Mission Cannabis which strain may be best for you. Keep in mind that individuals react differently to different strains, so trial and error is sometimes necessary in order to find the right match for your body.
CBD Can Help You Stay Asleep Longer
Cannabidiol (CBD) can aid in improving sleep quality by relieving some of the symptoms that complicate restful sleep, like anxiety, stress and pain. Furthermore, studies suggest that CBD gently interacts with receptors that govern the body’s sleep and wake cycle. More studies are needed to solidify the benefits of CBD related to relieving sleep disorders, but the early data is incredibly promising.
A study conducted by the Permenente Journal consisted of more than 100 adult patients, and measured their sleep responses after using a CBD treatment. The study found that sleep improved in more than 60% of patients.
Another study concluded that CBD helped alleviate stress-induced insomnia, and suggests that CBD can improve sleep in those suffering from PTSD-induced insomnia or other sleep disorders.
THC + CBD = Better Sleep
Cannabis has been used for centuries to help people relax and sleep more easily. In fact, Sir William B. O’Shaughnessy extensively studied cannabis, and found it to help with aiding sleep in 1843. But, when used together, products high in both THC and CBD help people fall asleep and stay asleep for longer. A review of multiple studies found that THC helps people fall asleep, while CBD can improve the length and quality of REM sleep. Further studies are needed to solidify these results but consumer feedback and early studies are extremely positive.
Visit Mission Cannabis Club for More Information
Mission Cannabis Club has a wide variety of THC, CBD, and CBN products and we actually carry tinctures that were created specifically to improve your quality of sleep, such as The Remedy - Sleep by Mary’s Medicinals, containing a 1:1 ratio of CBD:CBN. We also carry Nighttime, a psychoactive tincture by Om Edibles which contains THC along with lavender and chamomile. Visit our dispensary to find out more about our cannabis products that can improve your sleep and lifestyle.