Cannabis Edibles and Sleep

One might associate the art of smoking cannabis with snoozing, lazing around, or sleeping.

Cannabis and sleep have a complex relationship with a lot of variables such as a user's tolerance, the particular strain type consumed, and the method of consumption.

Cannabis Meal

Beyond that we have molecules known as cannabinoids which are working on the cannabinoid receptors in our brain. These cannabinoids include THC, CBD, and the slightly lesser known cannabinoid CBN. 

Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) is the molecule that seems to have the greatest effect on sleep patterns, as well, can lower pain sensations, reduce sleep onset, and possesses sedative effects. THC also seems to have an effect on our overall sleep patterns. Cannabidol (CBD) is been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. Cannabinol (CBN) possesses strong sedative effects.

What's more, the terpenes within cannabis can also have an effect on how cannabis effects our sleep. For example: Linalool is described as the lavender-scented terpene and can lower stress and anxiety which in turn could help overall sleep patterns and reduce sleep onset.

So, how do edibles effect sleep patterns? Generally the psychoactive effects of 11-OH-THC(eating) are similar to THC(smoking) where the liver converts THC to 11-OH-THC(eating)

When you eat edibles they produce a longer high than smoking cannabis (up to 4 hours longer). Eating cannabis edibles produces stronger metabolite than smoking cannabis alone making the sedative effects of edibles and the effects on sleep, also, stronger. Edibles could be an effective way to manage sleep symptoms assuming a cannabis tolerance was managed.

CBD can also be ingested as a edible and would reap the user with the same benefits of smoking versus eating such as reducing stress and anxiety.

While CBN is not typically found or listed in edibles. CBN is purposely achieved by a Cannabis Grower who wants Sleep Relief effects or a couch lock effect from their harvest by harvesting their plant later in the budding stage.

Another factor to consider when eating cannabis edible is the type of strain used. While eating edibles you may not notice the difference among Sativa, Indica, and a Hybrid strain due to the increased potency felt when ingesting a cannabis edible. Someone with a lower tolerance to edibles may notice the slight differences in the high associated with eating a Sativa edible or a Indica edible.

We hope you enjoyed reading! Happy Tripping!


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