Cannabis & sleep: how do CBD and THC help with sleeping problems?

Many women have trouble sleeping. And a lack of sleep is disastrous for your hormone balance, productivity and mood. We all know that sleep is the foundation of our health. But it can be challenging, especially for women over 30.

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If you're looking to try cannabis for sleep trobbies, you're not alone. A 2018 Deloitte study showed that women who deal with insomnia or anxiety often use alternative medicine. 74% of women surveyed had a positive view of cannabis consumption for relaxation, compared to 59 percent of men.

One of the many benefits of cannabis is that it can promote sleep. But CBD and THC both affect your sleep differently. THC makes it easier for you to fall asleep. CBD regulates your sleep cycles during the night and the day after.

It's good to be aware of that difference. THC is the substance in the cannabis plant that gets you high. We do not sell products containing THC, because THC is illegal (tolerated) in the Netherlands. Our products do contain CBD, and that will not get you high.

In addition to CBD and THC, the cannabis plant also contains many other molecules called cannabinoids. The cannabinoids CBG and CBN show promising results when it comes to sleep. However, these are mainly anecdotal studies.

Does CBD help with insomnia?

The thing is, once you've fallen asleep, CBD will help you stay asleep. CBD stabilizes your sleep pattern and helps to reduce sleepiness the day after, during the day you are more alert and
you suffer less from anxiety.

High doses of CBD optimize sleep and wake cycles, while low doses make you more alert and help prevent an energy crash in the 24 hours after taking the drops.

THC actually reduces activity during REM and deep sleep, which suppresses nightmares and dreams. This is crucial for people with PTSD.

CBG for sleep

It is not the duration, but above all the quality of your sleep that determines your health and overall well-being. Experts link the quality of our sleep directly to the endocannabinoid system. CBG and CBD improve the balance of this body's own system. Thanks to CBD and CBG, the body relaxes and a deep, relaxed and restorative sleep is stimulated.

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On average, you need five complete sleep cycles per night to feel your best. Each sleep cycle is made up of four stages.

Phase 1: This is the short transition from awake to light sleep. Your heart rate, brain activity and breathing slow down in about 15 minutes.

Stage 2: You are now asleep, but you are not yet in a deep sleep. You can easily wake up now.

Stage 3: This is your deep sleep. This stage is crucial for your health. The quality of your sleep is at its highest when you sleep deeply. Your body recovers and your brain processes information and experiences.

Stage 4: This is the stage of REM sleep.

In a healthy sleep pattern, you go through each cycle completely and repeat five or six times. That means you get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. The length of time you stay in a certain stage of sleep differs per cycle. For example, the REM phase is very short in your first cycle of the night, and very long in the last cycle before you wake up.

In many cases, CBG and CBD improve sleep quality. Fans indicate that after a few days they sleep better and wake up more rested. Others may still wake up during the night, but also notice an improvement.

For many people with sleep issues, falling asleep, the first cycle, is the biggest challenge. If you succeed in this, you have a better chance of a better night's sleep overall and therefore better recovery of your body and brain. The combination of CBG and CBD is the ideal natural solution to achieve this.

CBG not only has a positive effect on sleep cycles, but can also cause vivid dreams. They often become calmer over time. Please note: if you have PTSD, it is better to go for the CBD 10% instead of the CBG 10% + CBD 10%.

Every mature cannabis plant naturally contains 1% CBG. Our drops contain no less than 10% CBG and 10% CBD.

Which cannabis strains are best for sleep?

Do you want to consume cannabis to fall asleep more easily? Before we share the best strains with you, first this: be mindful. I think microdosing. A third of a joint or 3-5 good puffs from a vaporizer is often enough to doze off well. Prevent a weed hangover by taking a few drops of CBD before or after smoking and the morning after.

Now the fun part: In general, the motto is that indica strains make you sleepy, while sativa strains make you feel more energetic and more creative. Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa are two different cannabis plants, but it is actually much more about the specific terpenes that you ingest. Terpenes are the essential oils of cannabis.

Which weed helps you fall asleep?
  • Girl Scout Cookies, sweet earthy indica strain with very high THC content (23%). Don't take more than 3 hits an hour before bedtime
  • OG Kush; legendary indica-dominant strain. So soothing that you can feel it down to your toes. With hints of berries and citrus fruits.
  • Northern Lights; indica-dominant cannabis strain that feels like a warm blanket, feel the stress give way to soft euphoria. Good for feelings of anxiety or depression. This produces a long-lasting effect, so that you sleep better at night.

Can't find any of these strains at the coffee shop? Then go for another organically grown indica strain or ask for advice. Important: never just go to a coffee shop, know your place, know where to go for organic weed without pesticides, herbicides and other junk.

Good to know
The endocannabinoid system or ECS is responsible for creating balance in the body. Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters that our body produces itself. Endo = in the body. Phytocannabinoids are plant molecules that make up our endocannabinoids
mimic. They have the same chemical structure. Photo = of a plant.
The first is bodily. The second is plant-based.

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