Why Edibles are Great for Insomnia (And More)

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Why Edibles Can Help With Insomnia, Anxiety, and Pain
Insomnia is something that many people struggle with. If you’re lucky, you can pop a melatonin and get back to counting sheep. But often, it’s more serious than that, requiring constant sleep medication that’s not great for our bodies. Chronic insomnia is even worse.

A relatively new alternative to all of these sleep medications that has fewer side effects? Cannabis. More specifically, edibles. Because who doesn’t want to have a delicious cookie or some chocolate that also helps you go to sleep before bedtime?

So… what sleep-inducing edibles are out there?

What are the Best Edibles for Insomnia (and Anxiety)?

If you didn’t already know, the two main cannabinoids in cannabis that everyone talks about are THC and CBD.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is psychoactive and gives you that high feeling, while CBD, or cannabidiol, is not psychoactive, but still has lots of great medicinal benefits. One big one? Anxiety relief. (If you have anxiety, try to avoid THC as it‘s known to cause paranoia and anxiety in high doses, which is probably the opposite of what you’re looking for.)

Most edibles have a combination of both, though some may be high-THC while others are high-CBD—it all depends on what you’re looking to get out of your edible experience.

The nice thing about THC is that even though it’s primarily known for giving people a serious buzz, for some reason it’s less well known for potentially treating sleep issues. So… you know you’re not falling asleep after having a THC edible because it gave you a food coma—it’s because THC actually might actually be helping you fall asleep.

In fact, even Charlize Theroeats edibles to sleep.

Read on to find out which types of edibles are best for the seriously sleep-deprived…

The Best THC Edibles for Sleep Are…

Honestly, find an edible that you’d actually eat. Today, edibles come in a whole variety of different forms, from gummies to chocolates to brownies to even jerky (for you savoury snack lovers). There’s no lack of choice. The most important thing is to pick a type of food that you like and make sure that it has the requisite amounts of THC and/or CBD you need.

But how do I decide how much THC or CBD I need? Glad you asked, because both actually help you sleep, though in very different ways.

Yes, THC can create psychoactive effects, but (perhaps not surprisingly) it also impacts your body’s sleeping cycle, making you feel drowsy and ready to hit the sack. Basically, it can increase sleepiness—but it’s important to note that it can also impair memory and make your mood fluctuate more. Not only that, THC also reduces the amount of time you spend in the dreaming part of the sleep cycle, which means that you’re also less likely to experience nightmares. Instead you’ll spend more time in deep sleep land. So if you have nightmares pretty regularly and it’s impacting your sleep, a high-THC edible might be a good option for you.

But while THC probably offers the most significant sedative effect out of all the cannabinoids, you won’t want to forget about CBD. In comparison to THC, CBD doesn’t make you high—what it does do is relieve pain and inflammation, which are often causes of insomnia.

What this means is that instead of impacting your sleeping and waking cycles directly, CBD treats symptoms of other health issues that can make it hard for people to fall asleep. Not quite the same as THC, but still extremely powerful—especially for people who suffer from major chronic pain. So yes, you might want to keep a few CBD edibles handy for sleep along with your THC edibles.

Are Indica or Sativa Edibles Better for Sleep?

A question that many people ask is “Which strain of weed is best for sleep?”

Indica strains tend to be the most relaxing and soothing, while sativa strains are more energizing and get you feeling “up.” Hybrids, of course, give you the best of both worlds.

So, our advice, if you’re looking for the best marijuana strain for insomnia is… check the label and make sure there’s a significant amount of indica in it. Otherwise if you have a sativa-dominant edible, it might have the opposite effect and make it even harder to fall asleep!

Difficulty Breathing While Sleeping? Try an Edible

Did you know that weed can treat sleep apnea (a serious sleep disorder where you might stop breathing intermittently while asleep) too?

Currently, there’s a drug called dronabinol that is based on a form of THC—and it has already been shown to be able to treat nausea and vomiting in chemo patients. In a study, scientists found that it reduces sleep apnea symptoms by 33%.

Again, if you suffer from sleep apnea and want to see if edibles can ease the symptoms, go for it—just make sure it has the cannabinoids you need: in this case, THC.

5 Medical Marijuana Edibles for Pain

Much like sleep and anxiety, pain is another human condition that can be treated with cannabis edibles.

Here are five types of medical marijuana edibles to try:

THC Rice Crispies – Ah, that beloved childhood snack that was in every kid’s lunchbox—now in adult form. With 100mg of THC per crispie and 90% potency, this could be the sweet, sweet pain relief you were looking for.

Dream Sticks – Caramel – Made with distillate, these Dream Sticks contain 200mg of X. More importantly, they’re the perfect blend of butter cookie and thick caramel, coated with delicious milk chocolate.

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