Fortunately, a medical breakthrough
found medicinal benefits in cannabis to treat sleep disorders.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active
compound in cannabis is responsible for the high effect reducing rapid eye
movement (REM) sleep which is responsible for your dreams. Tokers will
experience fewer dreams for a deeper and more restful sleep.
But if you love dreaming,
discontinuation of cannabis will get you to sleep and will bring you myriad
dreams as you visit slumberland.
Why Do We Dream?
Despite many theories about why we
dream, researchers are still baffled why we do. Most agree that dreams do
happen during the REM sleep. REM lasts only a few minutes but gets longer as
you fall into a deep sleep, you might spend 20 minutes in a single dream. There
are many beliefs about dreaming some are:
A continuation of
Dreams reflect the things that you
were doing when awake. Through waking hours your brain handle millions of input
during the day. Some involve minor sensory details like the red car that caught
your attention to the complex such as your marketing plan to offset dwindling
During sleep, your brain plows through
all this information and decides what to keep and what to ignore.
If something is bugging you during
waking time, that emotion will battle it out during your dream cycle.
For instance, anxiety, misery, loneliness, and physical
torment are emotions that are mirrored in your dreams when you lost a loved
one. Your brain is focused only on that actual traumatic event and is
illustrating the feeling when you are sleeping.
Predict the future
Sometimes dream plays out in real
life. It could be a coincidence you were in the same situation in your dream
and you acted in a certain way that changed your future.
Don’t serve any
Dreams are byproducts of the brain
while you are snoozing. Some say that it’s just how the brain winds down for
the night firing on all cylinders and meaningless.
Types of Dreams
Every person has their own unique way
of dreaming. Interpreters and analysts gathered common types of dreams through
waking moments and categorized them, here are some:
Daydreaming is a level of
consciousness between slumber and wakefulness. A daydreamer spends between 70
to 120 minutes a day to let their minds wander. As the level of awareness drops
you lose yourself to an imagined situation.
These dreams are different from the
others a dreamer is fully conscious while dreaming. The dreamer has full
control to help understand yourself better. It takes practice to be a lucid
dreamer and can help those who have nightmares.
A nightmare is a sign of fear from
accepting a certain life situation and needs to be confronted. It is a
disturbing dream the dreamer wakes up frightened and restless. Most sufferers
have a history of psychiatric problems, bad drug experiences,
suicidal tendencies, and rocky relationships.
Recurring dreams are repetitive
because the issue in the dream is unsettled. Once the solution is found it
Dreams of this nature is an omen that
something is wrong with your body and you need to visit the doctor. This can
help prevent possible health problems and provide cure to existing ailment.
Signal dreams use symbolism making it
hard to decipher and is telling you something important. Messages can be
related to your happiness, overpowering fears, career, health, and
How Cannabis Affect
Potheads don’t have a clue how
cannabis affect dreams. The truth is they have a reduced likelihood to have a
dream or can’t dream at all.
sleep is necessary to enter the realm of dreams lack of it will make
one experience less dreams. Once you enter REM sleep breathing is uneven, heart
rate rises, eyes move rapidly, and muscles are momentarily paralyzed. A whole
sleep cycle takes about 100 minutes with the first REM stage occurring 70 to 90
minutes after dozing and lasts about 20 minutes.
It makes sense that cannabis stops
slumber because it subdues REM sleep limiting your chances of reaching the
dreamscape. The diminishing effects of pot on dreams are helpful to people who
Contrarily, quitting weed will lead to
renewal of what you’ve been missing – REM sleep and dreams.
Methods for Sleep
As the marijuana industry keeps
growing with more states legalizing both medical and recreational use, there
are many methods of cannabis consumption. A lot of people still prefer the
old-style blunt or pipe but with a wider audience cannabis dispensaries offer
more ways of consumption without the smoke and lung damage.
The closest alternative to smoking are
vape pens that use specialized cannabis vaping oils. The key difference is that
instead of burning the oil is vaporized and the damage to the lungs is minimal.
Vaping is a harmless method of consumption if you make sure to follow all vaping safety rules.
The next best choice are cannabis
tinctures that are used by applying under the tongue. This is the most popular
method that is used to aid sleep disorders.
Another good option are cannabis
edibles. They are perfect for people who prefer non-smoking methods but it’s
difficult to predict or control their effect, so you need to be precise with the dosage and timing.
All of these are safe and legal if you
make sure to buy from a licenced dispensary and avoid illegal and fake products.
How Cannabis Improve
If you are having troubles with
getting shut-eye, you are not alone there are about 70 million Americans
experiencing a sleep disorder.
To address the huge number of persons with sleeping disorder doctors recommend cannabis as a cure. According to marijuana doctors, cannabis is an effective sleep aid since it restores an individual’s sleep cycle with little or no side effects.
Marijuana has different strains; some
are relaxing and sedating, others are more stimulating depending on the amount
of the different cannabinoids. The two you will often encounter are Cannabidiol
(CBD) which is non-psychoactive and THC which is responsible for the high
Consuming cannabis strains with high
THC cuts REM sleep reducing dreams which works well for people suffering
nightmares. There will be less time spent in dreaming and more time in a deep
sleep. The deep sleep state is seen as the most therapeutic, tranquil part of
the sleep cycle and makes the body feel rested and rejuvenated.