The Truth about Using Cannabis as a Sleep Aid

One of many questions that have become asked a little more in the past few years: can I use cannabis or medical marijuana to help me sleep?

While the conversation around cannabis may have been a bit controversial at times (and still is) there has been a lot more research conducted on cannabis use over the past few years since it has become legal in Canada. There is still a lot that is to be learned, especially on how it affects your sleep cycle, but since many people choose to turn to cannabis as an aid to fall (and stay) asleep, it is important to know just how this can influence your body and sleep cycle overall.

So, what are the effects of cannabis use on sleep?

In general, many people use cannabis as a form of relaxation, and to help aid other ailments with the body, such as chronic pain or mental issues such as anxiety. When it comes to sleep, many adults have found cannabis to be effective as a sleep aid, especially if you suffer from insomnia. It can be known to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep as well. It can give you more of a “deep sleep” and has occasionally been known to promote some vivid dreams as well. But like any other substance, there can be some other side effects from its usage and it may not work for everyone.

Will using cannabis before bedtime work for me?

While a lot of the research on cannabis and sleep is still relatively new and there is still so much about it to be learned, the one thing medical experts warn is that using cannabis too much could impair your REM sleep cycle, which is vital for getting a good night’s sleep. Those who suffer from moderate to severe sleep apnea will need to especially be aware of the effects of cannabis before bedtime, however if you use a CPAP device at night (like the ones found on CPAP Machines – PAPSmart Canada ) this can be less of an issue.

Studies completed in the past few years have shown that medical cannabis may not necessarily be an effective aid for long term use, however using a little bit before bed can sometimes be beneficial, as long as you don’t overdo it. If you are still unsure, the best course of action would be to speak to your doctor for advice. Depending on your overall health, cannabis may not be the best course of treatment for everyone, however your doctor can recommend what is best to help you with insomnia. Like any other substances, please be sure you are using cannabis and/or medical marijuana responsibly.

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