Cannabis and Sleep – Can It Help You Sleep Better?
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Does it feel like you’ve tried every tip, trick, and gadget to get a restful night of sleep, and yet you still struggle to drift off?
Or maybe you’re looking for something other than warm baths, white noise machines, and chamomile tea to add some variety to your nightly bed prep routine.
If that’s the case, you might want to consider trying marijuana to help you sleep.
Marijuana, cannabis, weed, ganja; there are approximately 1,200 different words to describe a plant that’s used both to produce hemp fibers as well as create a psychotropic experience for users smoke or ingest its potent-smelling flowers.
Scientists are still figuring out exactly what marijuana does to our brains. We’re sure they’re having an excellent time during the discovery process! So far, they’ve been able to determine that the cannabinoids in cannabis engage a specific set of brain cells that have to do with motor function, memory, pleasure, pain, fear, and mood.
There are multiple cannabinoids in marijuana, but the two most high-profile ones are:
- Cannabidiol (CBD) – this is the element responsible for all of the marijuana’s purported health benefits. It does not produce a high.
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – this cannabinoid is psychotropic and is what causes the high feeling that users get when they consume marijuana.
In this article, we answer the question, “does weed help insomnia?”, and discuss the effect that marijuana has on sleep cycles, and the best way to consume it depending on your situation and needs. Stay tuned; it could even help with sleep apnea!
Prohibition and Legalization
Humans have been consuming marijuana for 5,000 years as a powerful medicinal aid. Its first recorded use was by the Chinese in 2900 BC, and it spread throughout Europe and Asia as a way to treat everything from leprosy to earaches.
It made its way to North America in the 1600s, and it was a popular crop among US Presidents like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Starting in the early 1900s, there was widespread concern over a lack of morals being exhibited by the American public. Alcohol was under attack, and prohibition was about to take hold. A cannabis prohibition soon followed suit, but at the time, it was considered more of a preventive measure than anything else.
Media tycoon, William Hearst, also had a role in outlawing marijuana. He was trying to squelch the burgeoning hemp industry, which could provide paper products in a more natural and sustainable way than the timber that was being used for newspapers. However, Hearst, a vertically integrated businessman, also controlled pulp production and had a strong and well-funded interest in making the activity of growing this plant illegal.
During this time in history, the odds were stacked against marijuana and remained that way for 60 years.
Starting in 1996, states slowly began loosening the laws on marijuana. Today, it’s legal to consume marijuana in 38 of the 50 states, although several of these states restrict cannabis consumption for medical reasons only.
Before deciding to use marijuana to help you sleep, check local laws or reference this map.
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