Can cannabis help you sleep better? – The Spokesman-Review

Rest easy. We know that many of you have trouble sleeping; one in three Americans struggle with sleep. And here’s a more natural solution: cannabis.

More and more, problem sleepers are reaching for cannabis. A study conducted in September 2017 revealed nearly half of all cannabis consumers (47 percent) use it primarily as a sleep aid. Research is ongoing, but early studies show cannabis can improve the duration and quality of sleep. Another study found those who regularly use cannabis fall asleep faster.

But before you try cannabis to help you sleep, there are a few things you should know.

Start low and go slow

Most cannabis consumers report lower doses provide the best sleep. The best advice is to start with a low dose and go slow, listen to your body and conduct a few trials. Let a Greenlight Approved retail partner guide you through the lower dose options that best suit you.

Indica and Sativa

In the most basic terms, there are two main categories of cannabis: Indica and Sativa. When it comes to sleep, look for cannabis that has a higher percentage of Indica, as this is more effective in relaxing your body. Sativa, on the other hand, provides a more upbeat experience.


Cannabis contains more than 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids, but there are only two that you really need to know about: CBD and THC. These two cannabinoids affect body in different ways, but both are essential for a good night’s sleep.

THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that provides the euphoric or intoxicating “high” effect. THC is also the component that will help you fall asleep, while CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that will help you stay asleep.

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