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How Marijuana Completely Changes Your Sleep

How Marijuana Completely Changes Your Sleep

How Marijuana Completely Changes Your Sleep

What happens when you go to sleep high? And how do both THC and CBD affect your sleeping brain?
Watch our podcast episode on Marijuana and Sleep:

Written by: Mitchell Moffit
Edited by: Luka Šarlija

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  • @theBKLounge Reply

    Would be curious to see how administration time before bed affects sleep. I always try to use at least 2-3 hours before bed time as to be falling asleep when affects are wearing off. I find I feel the groggiest when I use right before bed.

    Also I only use dry herb vaporizers, no combustion. Cant imagine those by-products are good for sleep. Would like to see studies control for these things.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @user-ij6xv9du3f Reply

    Weed will always put me to sleep

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @Icarus-81 Reply

    I live in MA, USA. There are more cash registers open at the weed store than the supermarket. Let that sink in.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @erasmomartinez4661 Reply

    You get to sleep faster, calmer..

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @jsands9885 Reply

    I have bipolar and cant sleep. I have found great strains that really helped with that. Seroquel was the worst med ever. So glad i dont need prescriptions anymore.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @tanyabyron3593 Reply

    Finally an answer to the crazy dreams! Thank you for answering that for once and for all 😊

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @JuanDiegoRodriguez. Reply

    I will not go to sleep, high ever again

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @johultimate12 Reply

    I'm watching this video while im high. magic

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @neahjusschillinchik Reply

    Idk … I still be dreaming quite a bit lol

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @xievisthedragon Reply

    Huh, interesting. I need to get high I guess. Suffering from insomnia for all my life. PTSD, all that junk. My mind wont even stop running on overtime on trazodone.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @oscarcubias220 Reply

    lately i’ve been waking up constantly and ironically this video showed up, i smoke daily and up until today i’ve noticed this side effects, been smoking for three-four years and it has helped me a lot in the sleeping area, this days have been extremely stressful and i haven’t been smoking as used to, maybe my body is weird

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @statoilbensin2190 Reply

    Its the same with alcohol and z drugs, barbiturates and benzos. You will feel calm, sleep faster however when you wake up you might feel you have not been sleeping at all.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @kn2549 Reply

    Quit smoking weed for a couple days and had a dream I was back in elementary school and my childhood crush hugged me in the hallway. She secretly passed me a joint and told me we should smoke it together 😂

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @bf6159 Reply

    Those who have actual need, achieve desirable results. Those who have no need, tend to create personal issues. As it is with many things.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @robertluntfloridarealestate Reply

    Reacted Magnesium gives the REM on or off THC. CBD supplements the ECS system regulating sleep, appetite, and pain and is a anti-inflammatory to the nervous system. I only take a quarter sativa edible in the AM anything more than that messes up my flow for sure.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @michellescottlillian8694 Reply

    This doesn't apply to everyone as not all people's bodies and minds work in the same manner. These studies and videos fail to understand that. Its like 2 people, one person has a high tolerance to pain where the other person doesn't. That should be taken into consideration when doing these types of videos.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @ooocha1 Reply

    Smoke tonnes every day for all your life.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @alantesser1645 Reply

    I’m in my 40s, have literally never smoked weed in my life, but was considering gummies for better sleep. Until this and a few other videos. Thanks for the science backed info.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @vengeance8924 Reply

    i had a friend who used to smoke 5 times a day EASY. Dude NEVER slept. Jobless, video games all night.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @Milkman76 Reply

    Propaganda coming to youtube is profitable? I thought youtube would just take down obvious nonsense like this, but not today eh?

    Why not do a video on "cannabis hyperemesis syndrome" next, guys! You know, that cannabis related syndrome where you start screaming and puking uncontrollably until your organs literally explode and you die, which can only be solved by stopping cannabis use and a hot shower? You guys know all about that, right?

    I know, I know– this herb has been used for 5000+ years without any evidence of anything like this, but did they have the internet 5000 years ago?? NO! Anything is possible with the internet.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @kjell3807 Reply

    I was wondering why I cant remember any of my dreams for a few weeks now

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @dylanaldrich4083 Reply

    Is there any correlation between when marijuana is used and its effect on sleep? As in, is there a difference between smoking a little a 5pm vs. smoking right before bed? If one smokes earlier in the day, and is no longer "high" at bed time, does the THC still affect their sleep?

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @ruin1307 Reply

    even before my use of weed I never dreamed so I have not experienced the negatives with sleep, only longer and faster starting

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @47sith Reply

    I have chronic insomnia and i use thc daily. It does decrease the quality of sleep and energy levels during the day but i dont have a better alternative. I can be awake for days and i dont get sleepy, only more exhausted. 350mg edibles aren't reliably knocking me out. I worry about maintaining my work schedule.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @isisaphrodite3585 Reply

    I have some important drug screenings to do soon, so I’ve stopped using marijuana about a month ago and I’ve been taking drug tests at home and they are STILL coming up positive for THC. I was using it for awhile. I never had any sleep problems while using and none after. I’ve noticed that my brain feels more clear and I’m not forgetting as much anymore. It was kind of scary before I stopped. My grandma had dementia, so I’m paranoid about that. I really miss it and can’t wait till I’m able to smoke again. For me, I like the high so much that I can’t sleep when I’m high bc I’m too busy enjoying how good I feel. I won’t sleep until after the high goes away. I used to have dreams when we first moved last year, but they went away. I haven’t dreamed since I stopped smoking and eating edibles. I hope to start dreaming again.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @kevinvanbennekom6745 Reply

    I've been smokin weed for 15 years everyday now and I must say my rem is just fine. I can remember my dreams the other day with ease, maybe cuz I have an high tolerance…
    I do remember my younger days when I was baked out of my mind I wont remember anything the other day.

    Edit: Especially in the morning my dreams are the most intense

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @markgriskey Reply

    I suffer from insomnia and other debilitating sleep issues that have plagued me my whole life. My mother actually sent me to afternoon preschool because my circadian rhythm was so severely delayed. School sucked. I never adjusted. Then in my fist year of college I took all night classes, and suddenly became a straight A student. I would normally sleep from 3 am to about noon and felt great. But the rest of the world doesn’t work that way. Then as I got older, things got worse I could no longer sleep in and my sleep was very fragmented ( wake up after 3 hours then twiddle my thumbs for a couple hours then sleep another 3 hours) then medical pot became legal in CA, and it was like a miracle cure. Would imbibe in the evening and had gummies or vape available if I woke up in the middle of the night. I would get 8 hours of sleep! But yes, my rem sleep was impacted. It was still better to get enough sleep instead of the horrible insomnia/ fragmented sleep. But then! I devolved a horrible condition called CHS. Look it up. It sucks! So I had to give up cannabis and now I’m a wreck. The rebound effect was awful and now I’m taking prescription sleep meds as well as anything over the counter I can find (melatonin/ valerian root etc) unfortunately these meds can also effect sleep quality and I don’t get enough (5 to six hours of fragmented sleep) many doctors are unsympathetic and I am really struggling. Anyway I enjoyed your article. Please check out CHS “Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome” and do a video about that condition, it’s apparently related to your genetic makeup, and many chronic users will never develop it, but “lucky me” I am basically unable to use cannabis long term. I’m suspecting my insomnia has a genetic root and am hoping to find the magic combination of supplements that will get me back on track (and yes, I eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, avoid caffeine late in the day etc) it’s a real bummer that I can’t use pot for sleep anymore.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @fuckenku6091 Reply

    the best thing to do is take a cycle of remeron for insomnia

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @jamiexa Reply

    i just have nightmares not dreams

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @oofboxer Reply

    bal bal drugies

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @YoureDoingItPeter Reply

    I sleep well regardless, but I find when I was an every night weed smoker I'd dream less and have a hard time getting up in the morning.
    When I've taken alot of breaks not smoking for weeks or months I always found my dreams will be super Lucid and can wake me up, but I wake up better and am more alert. I also have a small stutter and I found smoking weed made it worse than when I take breaks, friends have said I'm more sharp and alert.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @dubby9638 Reply

    I just stopped consuming cannabis after being a daily user for years and I can say that a lot of what you said is exactly what I’ve been experiencing. I had anxiety/depression issues and motivational issues as well. I haven’t been using for over three weeks now and although I have had issues with sleeping when I do sleep I feel significantly more rested and yes I’m having long and vivid dreams. My overall energy has increased as well. Of course this is my anecdotal relationship with cannabis and I know it helps a lot of people. My issue boiled down to the fact that I was simply using it too much. I do plan on going back to consuming again but far less frequent.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @user-gj7ir7ec8h Reply

    Almost my whole life I’ve had issues falling asleep and staying asleep which seems to have just gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. Edibles seem to be the only thing that helps shut of my brain enough to fall asleep. I’ve tried SSRIs with little success, melatonin causes RLS, Benadryl and other antihistamines build tolerances quickly and can be dangerous, also causes RLS at night.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @lRONMAIDEN1 Reply

    I'm a sleep technologist… I actually had to send a patient home and cancel an MSLT narcolepsy study because she smoked week and it may delay onset of REM and could give a false negative diagnosis of narcolepsy

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @Poshriel Reply

    Personally, I don't know how I survived so long with insomnia when the other medicines I tried didn't work, or caused adverse side effects. I was so bad that I started having light hallucinations from sleep deprivation. I wasn't even looking towards weed as a solution, but my friend had a joint so I took a few hits. Aside from enjoying the effects, I slept for the first time in almost 2 days.

    I realized that when I smoked a lot of weed, sleep would be less resting, but when I limited myself, I could still get some good REM . A lot of what was causing my insomnia was that my dreams are way too vivid. Which means when I have a bad dream, it's hyper realistic. I don't know if I would be here if I didn't smoke weed.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @negevpuppet9633 Reply

    i found myself in best balance by smoking weed over the weekend, 1-4 joints per evening, depening on how i feel, and the rest of the week im off from it, makes me overally sleep better, also during the weekdays
    Funnily i also discovered that i get the best withdrawal dreams after 4 days, when i previously only smoked like 2-3 grams per weekend, unlike when i heavly smoked for a month, i didnt get to dream anything until after 3 weeks, when a "normal" dream occured.
    And these weed withdrawal dreams also help me with realising things, they are like an weaker lsd revelation trip to me

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @flowerdoyle3749 Reply

    I find my mind wanders dreamlike (sometimes lucid) before and after I fall asleep. I also do dream, I just can' recall them if I don't make a concentrated effort. I question also the balance of THC/CDB in the weed studies, along with the variety. If you're using Stevia strain your not likely to get a good sleep where Indica…"in da couch" is more appropriate for sleep. Edibles are also more potent than vape/smoke for me.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @tiptapkey Reply

    I never understood why people talk about cannabis for sleep because I always sleep SO POORLY when I have cannabis (or alcohol) and feel bad the next day. I figured out lithium orotate is the best for me in terms of quieting anxious spinning thoughts.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @LL-op5vp Reply

    I think something that is overlooked in this video is that the speaker is referring to THC, by itself. I do agree with all of the stated pros and cons. However, I believe that there is a more complex story when talking about full spectrum cannabis effects on sleep quality, as you're getting THC, CBD, and other chemicals from the flower.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @ingos. Reply

    I am a bad sleeper, with a lot of dreams, since i was a child. Weed helps me to sleep, without dreaming non stop, so i can get more and better sleep, but the weed hangover at the next day negate that.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @sergiomontes2568 Reply

    According to my personal experience this video is spot on. It can help you sleep sometimes if you take it ocasionally, but it can also make you feel to high and excited to sleep, depending on the strain, mental state and situation (aka set and setting), it reduces dreams… it has pros and cons but in general is better not to use it, unless for medical reasons… I use it everyday becasue it makes everything feel better under its influence, to me, it improves all experiences… but we should no lie to ourselves and beleive it is harmless. According to research is not as bad as alcohol or tobacco, but it is not always healthy, it depends on how you use it and why

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @FirstnameLastname-ll1ji Reply

    watching this while im high for the first time since I left home for uni

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm
  • @DeniseHickey Reply

    After 13 years of daily use for chronic, incurable diseases, I found that I sleep better and longer than without. I have an appetite as well. Maybe it's not for everyone, but I am living a better life than without it. Most medical patients agree.

    April 4, 2024 at 6:50 pm

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