You know marijuana may improve your beautyrest. What you may not know is how to combine THC and CBD in the right doses to catch more quality ZZZs. You will now.
How well did you sleep last night?
If you’re one of the 70 million Americans dealing with a sleep disorder, the answer is probably pretty crummy.
There are nearly 80 different types of sleep disorders, from insomnia to sleep apnea and narcolepsy, and they all affect how long and how well you sleep.
Since your sleep cycle has such a huge impact on your overall mental and physical health, it’s crucial you’re clocking at least seven hours of restorative rest each night.
Skip this regenerative time and you’ll increase your odds of developing serious health issues like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and depression, the Centers for Disease Control says.
The good news is marijuana can fight insomnia and help improve your sleep cycle.
Why You Should Combine THC and High Dose CBD for Better Sleep
That’s because the two main cannabinoids in marijuana, THC and CBD, both provide different perks for your sleep cycle.
THC Helps You Fall Asleep Faster
Research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology showed THC in marijuana may have a positive impact on sleep because it helped study participants feel tired quickly after using.
Studies have also demonstrated that THC may shorten the REM stage of your sleep, which is when you’re most likely to have vivid dreams. This can be beneficial if you’re suffering from nightmares or anxiety and tend to wake up during this time.
So while THC can help turn sleepiness into actual sleep, CBD may keep your sleep train chugging along through the night.
CBD Helps You Stay Asleep Longer
Trials show that when CBD is given to patients in high doses, it can help:
- Increase total sleep time
- Reduce interruptions in your sleep
- Counteract the groggy effects of THC the next morning
Even though THC and CBD are useful on their own for sleep, they’re a straight up slumber party when combined.
THC + CBD = What Dreams are Made Of
If regular sleep has been out of your reach, taking CBD oil alongside THC has improved sleep for many better than either cannabinoid can on its own.
We know THC works well to quickly bring on sleepiness so you’re not wide awake when you tuck yourself in.
But THC is also responsible for the psychoactive properties found in cannabis, which may make you anxious (and keep you awake) if you use too much before bedtime.
That’s where CBD comes in. It’s the non-psychoactive compound that’s been studied for its ability to lower anxiety and counteract the psychoactive effects of THC.
Known as “The Entourage Effect”, both THC and CBD enhance the good qualities of each other while lessening the downsides you may not like.
But again, this all comes down to the perfect ratio of THC to CBD for you.
Use these Dosing Recommendations as a Guide
So much of the evidence being reported on the effectiveness of THC and CBD for sleep is based on user-data from medical marijuana practices treating sleep-related disorders all over the country.
Since sleep research on cannabis is limited and doesn’t always yield similar results, there’s no standard one-size-fits-all dose right for everyone.
The most preferred ratios of THC:CBD for better sleep range from 5-10 mg of THC (from an Indica strain) combined with 50-150 mg of CBD oil.
If You Have Trouble with Insomnia or Falling Asleep…
You can fight insomnia and hit the hay sooner if you:
- Opt for 5-10 mg of Indica (THC) via vaporizer at bedtime.
- Combine that with 50-150 mg of CBD to be taken orally throughout the day and at night.
Here’s why this works: Vaporizing THC produces effects to make you drowsy in less than 90 seconds. These effects will then peak around 15–30 minutes after use and last between two to three hours.
That means you should be feeling ready for bed in less than 30 minutes and stay that way at least halfway through your sleep cycle.
If You Have Trouble Sleeping Through the Night…
When you fall asleep fast but wake up several times when you should be sleeping, you’ll want to skip the vaporizer and try:
10 mg of Indica oil (THC) drops. Place the drops under your tongue two hours prior to bedtime.
Then combine this with 50-150 mg of CBD taken throughout the day.
Here’s why this works: If you don’t have trouble falling asleep, you want an intake method to kick in when you need it most (i.e., in the middle of your sleep cycle).
When you ingest THC oil, the effects will kick in around 90–120 minutes later when you should hopefully be asleep. Then they should peak three to six hours later and last anywhere from four to 12 hours.
This means you may finally be able to clock those 7+ hours of sleep.
And if you can’t fall or stay asleep, feel free to combine both methods.
Considering all the encouraging feedback patients using medical marijuana to treat their sleep disorders report, and the increased acceptance of cannabis use, it’s only a matter of time before people slowly abandon dangerous, habit-forming prescription sleep pills for THC and CBD.
As experts publish more research, we can only hope medical marijuana treatment options for sleep disorders become better, more precise, and readily available.