You’re probably one of the 1 in 3 Americans that don’t get enough sleep. And for plenty of people with chronic pain, even getting 8 hours of sleep doesn’t help us feel refreshed when we wake up. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some silver bullet for crushing insomnia?
You might have heard cannabis can help with sleep. But how? Most people think they can just eat a 25 mg pot brownie and fall easily asleep. That’s the equivalent of drinking a bottle of wine and passing out. While you might get to sleep, will you stay asleep? And will that be a deep, restorative sleep?
Cannabis for sleep can be tricky. You probably don’t know that there are different cannabinoids for sleep. It’s not just THC. There’s CBD and CBN. And then there’s terpenes like linalool or myrcene that can help you get to sleep and stay asleep.
Look for CBD capsules for sleep that contain CBD and other ingredients that boost sleep like GABA, 5-HTP, lemon balm extract, melatonin, valerian root, and passion flower extract.
How cannabis works for sleep depends on these five things:
-Route of administration
-Timing before sleep
-Dosage of cannabinoids
-Presence of other terpenes or supplements that support sleep
-Any other medications you’re taking
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What route of administration you choose determines when you should take your cannabis product. Smoking cannabis or using drops can cause the cannabinoids to enter your bloodstream instantly, making them a good choice to use right before bed. Because edibles aren’t processed by your body for 30 minutes to an hour after consuming, you want to take them as your winding down for the night, rather than tossing and turning in bed for 30 minutes before it kicks in.
Did you know that CBD can interact with many medications? CBD can inhibit liver enzymes that break down the majority of medications. If you’re taking one of those drugs with CBD, you could end up asleep faster or slower than you want, or you might have unwanted side effects like nausea or headache. CBD isn’t simple when you’re a patient with chronic illness.
Want to get the perfect night’s sleep with cannabis?
Book a cannabis consultation with Dr. Michele Ross on Veriheal
I’ll review your medical history, current medications, experience with cannabis and sleep hygiene to nail down what the perfect product and dosing is for your unique needs. Plus we can talk about any other health concerns you’re having that cannabis could help.