Aired on: 2013.07.07
Today on Lex's World we discuss the effectiveness of Cannabis as an insomnia tool and how it interacts with your sleep & dreams. Generally, Indica-dominant strains (like Ingrid) are a great sleep aid.. However, we also discuss the flip side: which is that when you interfere with natural sleep there's negative consequences... and there is no true replacement for natural sleep. Cannabis artificially raises melatonin levels and cuts out your REM sleep stage. As a side-effect you end up dreaming much less or not at all and wake up feeling less rested than you should. Thus, despite being a great tool against chronic insomnia... the average user shouldn't create a situation where he gets used to smoking up to help themselves sleep. It is important to understand that both the brain and Cannabis are incredibly complex chemically, and while what I said in this video applies to the majority, some people just won't be able to relate because they don't get the same symptoms. I included a poll at lexsworld.ca with this video to gather some data on dreaming.
Update: the poll is now concluded and over 70% of people reported that they do expirience a reduction in dreaming with cannabis use.
Lol proves all the points in my video basically line by line :) I actually didn't even see this particular article when I worked on this. Thanks for sharing it!
Hi Lex, I just wanted to know if there was anyway to counteract the affect that cannabis has on rem sleep? I'm a regular user and it helps me immensely throughout the day but when it comes to sleep i tend to toss and turn all night. Thanks!
In my research for this episode I did not come across anything other than reduction of smoking before bedtime, that can counteract the effect of Cannabis on REM sleep. Nothing even remotely solid. For myself, I can tell you that if I do not smoke up in the 3-4 hours before sleeping I always get my REM-dreams back and feel well rested in the morning. But that's just me.