It is hard to overstate just how common sleep disorders are for American adults. According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder, from insomnia to sleep apnea. With millions of people suffering from lack of sleep, it is no wonder so many customers come into a dispensary looking for something to help them relax into a restful night of sleep.
At The Spot 420’s Trinidad, Colorado dispensary and Pueblo, Colorado dispensaries, there are Colorado edibles, weed lotion, and the strongest indica strains that reportedly help with sleep. The options can be confusing, so before we dive into the best products out there, let’s take a look at the science behind marijuana to sleep.
Cannabis for Sleep Disorders
The list of things that can disrupt sleep is long, from pain to stress, night terrors, and more. Cannabis works on all of these fronts to help bring a restful night of sleep.
Cannabis for Lack of Sleep
Let’s take, for example, insomnia. It is one of the most common sleep disorders, marked by:
- Difficulty falling and staying asleep;
- Bad sleep quality overall;
- Always waking up too early;
- Frequent sleeplessness at least three times per week over the period of a month.
In 2011, Dr. Claudia Jensen published a study in the Journal of Cannabis in Clinical Practice. Of the 116 people interviewed in the study, 79% reported better sleep quality with medical cannabis. That’s likely because cannabis works to address many of the common causes of insomnia (stress, chronic pain, anxiety).
As cannabis comes into contact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), it signals certain physiological changes. These physiological changes can boost mood, ease stress and anxiety, temper pain perception, and more. When it comes to sleep disorders, these cannabis effects can come together making it easier to fall and stay asleep.
A surprising area of study that is promising, but still needs more research behind it, is the way cannabis works against sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a medical condition in which during sleep, a person’s breathing pauses or is so shallow that they don’t receive enough oxygen. The respiratory disruption can make for a really rough night or disrupted sleep. One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea requires a bulky, intrusive mask and machine that a person must wear on their face all night.
An admittedly dated study from a 1973 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine stated that cannabis smoke actually works as a bronchodilator, opening the airways and increasing respiratory activity. A more modern study by the University of Illinois, published in 2002, looked at animals with sleep apnea. They tested the animals with cannabis and found that cannabis did stabilize breathing and respiration during sleep.
Cannabis for too Much Sleep
When people think of sleep disorders, they usually think of people not sleeping enough, but that’s not always the case. Disorders like Narcolepsy is a common sleep condition too. Instead of not sleeping enough, people with narcolepsy suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness. If a person sleeps too much throughout the day, their nighttime sleep pattern is disrupted and can lead to larger problems. Interestingly, CBD in small doses can be energizing and so can high-energy sativa Colorado weed strains.
How Cannabis Affects Dreams
Using cannabis to help treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is recognized in many medical cannabis states. While the research is ongoing, cannabis shows an incredible amount of potential for easing the mind of patients suffering from PTSD. It is true that the mood-boosting and anxiety relieving properties of cannabis are part of this, but there’s one more factor that gets less attention.
People with PTSD often suffer from intense night terrors. These horrifying dreams can totally disrupt sleep, leading to depression, low energy levels, and a lowered immune system.
What’s interesting about cannabis in this context is that it’s been shown to alter dreams. In the same admittedly dated study from above, researchers discovered that THC increased stage four sleep (known as deep sleep) and decreased REM sleep, where much, but not all, of dreaming occurs. If the body spends less time in the state of sleep where most dreams occur, night terrors are less likely to occur.
Strongest Indica for Sleep
Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “Indica, In-da-couch.” If so, it’s actually pretty spot on. While some people have a high tolerance for a strongest indica strain and can smoke on one all day long, strongest indica strains are typically reserved for a very chill night at home or right before bed.
If you’re looking for the strongest indica for sleep, head into The Spot 420’s Trinidad, Colorado dispensary or their two Pueblo, Colorado dispensaries. There you’ll find a huge selection of Colorado weed strains that can help you get much-needed rest like Sour Bubble to Super Sour Lemon OG.
That isn’t all these Pueblo, Colorado dispensaries and Trinidad dispensary have to offer either. If you don’t want to smoke cannabis, grab a couple of Colorado edibles instead. Highly Edible gummies are a super tasty after dinner snack to help you ease into a nice night of sleep.