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5 Things to know about Cannabis and Sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 30-40% of people will experience insomnia in their lifetime.

Cannabis is a great alternative to prescription or over the counter sleep aids. Especially because Cannabis has not been found to be addictive, nor has it ever resulted in death.

Cannabis has been proven to help people fall asleep faster by slowing racing thoughts, reduce pain, and relax physically. Here are another 5 reasons why you should consider Cannabis for sleep! 

1.There are Specific Cannabinoids that are good for sleep

Cannabinoids are the natural chemical compounds that give cannabis its medicinal benefits. 

THC, CBD, and CBN are the three best-known Cannabinoids that have effects on sleep. However, these cannabinoids affect sleep differently. 

This is because, on its own, CBD is a non-psychoactive, so taking a high CBD strain that is low in THC won’t put you to sleep if you suffer from insomnia because it won’t sedate you. If you don’t suffer from issues falling asleep, CBD strains have been proven to improve your quality of sleep. 

The best option for most patients that have insomnia is either a 1:1 THC/CBD strain or a high THC strain that is low in CBD. This is because THC is psychoactive, and its properties are sedative. It is because of this that you want a strain, oil, or edible that has a higher THC percentage so that you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. 

2. Terpenes in Cannabis Also Help You Fall Asleep

Cannabinoids hog all the attention online when it comes to talking about Cannabis and sleep. However, Terpenes also play a vital role in the effectiveness of Cannabis as a natural sleep aid.

Terpenes are molecules that create the taste and smell of Cannabis. Terpenes can be found elsewhere in nature, including plants, fruits and flowers. There are more than 150 different terpenes that makeup Cannabis’s distinctive taste and smells. Terpenes also contribute to the varying effects of Cannabis—including sleep. Read our blog on Terpenes to learn about the core five terpenes that are most frequently discussed.


Myrcene is just one of many terpenes found within the Cannabis plant. Myrcene gives Cannabis a smell of musk and cloves, with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Myrcene is an anti-inflammatory, has relaxing and sedating properties, while also helps to aid muscle tension, insomnia and pain. Scientists believe it could be responsible for the “couch-lock” feeling that Cannabis provides. Myrcene is also found in a lot of fruits and herbs, including Mango, lemongrass, thyme and basil.

3. Cannabis Will Help You Experience a Deeper Sleep

Studies have shown that THC affects the time spent in different stages of sleep. Specifically, THC has been proven to decrease the time spent in REM sleep and increase the time spent in low-wave sleep. The reduced time a patient spends in REM significantly reduces dreaming—which has been proven useful for patients who suffer from PTSD.

4. Cannabis Can Help Sleep Apnea

Cannabis has also been proven to help improve breathing at night. Several studies* have shown that Cannabis may improve Sleep Apnea because of THC’s ability to restore raspatory stability by modulating serotonin signalling.


5. How You Consume Cannabis Will Effect You Differently

The way you consume Cannabis should depend on the issues you face for sleep. For example, if you have issues falling asleep, we recommend inhalation through combustion or vaping. Inhaling Cannabis has an instant onset, which helps sedate you instantly. Inhaling Cannabis will slow down your thoughts, relax your muscles and will get you ready for sleep. The high experienced from inhaling cannabis will also last anywhere from 2-4 hours.

If you have issues staying asleep, we recommend an edible. Whether it be a gummy or oil, edibles are the best solution for those who wake up frequently throughout the night. You can purchase edibles in the same way you can buy dried flower—meaning, you can get edibles that are high in THC, 1:1 ratio, only CBD, etc. The only difference between edibles and inhalation is the onset time and how long the effects last. Edibles are digested through your metabolism and then travel through the bloodstream. The onset time is determined by a number of factors, including the rate at which your metabolism breaks down food, your height/weight/age, what you ate before consuming the edible, if you consumed on an empty stomach, etc. Thus, the onset time can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. The duration of its effects can last anywhere from 4-6 hours.

If you are interested in trying Cannabis for sleep but have questions, please contact us today. Our team of experienced Cannabis Educators would love to talk to you about your specific needs and to see if Cannabis is a good fit!

1 (844) 312-5143 or patientcare@medmc.ca 



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