Cannabis and dreams

Why you should use cannabis before going to sleep?

About 90 minutes into sleep starts a specific sleep cycle stage known as REM, which stands for “rapid eye movement.” and is characterized by the quick, side-to-side eye movement from which its name is derived. 

REM sleep is activated by the neurotransmitter acetylcholine as well as chemical activity in the pons region of the brain stem. The absence of neurotransmitters histamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine also characterizes REM cycles.

During REM sleep, your extremities may twitch, but most of your body is paralyzed. Your heart may beat erratically, and breathing can become irregular and shallow. When awakened, you easily remember your dreams. A newborn infant experiences eight to ten hours of REM sleep per day.

Studies using EEG recordings show that even with minimal REM sleep, subjects report no obvious adverse effects in their day-do-day. However, this is not the case with non-REM deep sleep cycles. While it appears that we can survive just fine without REM, the sequences of other sleep cycles are imperative to our health. 

Anti-depressants, for example, are also known to suppress REM sleep, but a daily regimen of SSRIs doesn’t cause a downward cognitive spiral in consumers.

Another small 2004 study decreased REM duration in subjects dosed with 15mg of THC as well as a THC/CBD mixture, but did not record the effects of cannabis cessation attributed to this neural activity, researchers are still trying to pin down the exact reason for why our brains create these seemingly random internal movies.  Some believe it’s for memory retention. Others say emotional processing and problem solving.

Whatever the reason is, we spend about 20% of our sleep in this cycle, some people suffering from PTSD are told to try Indica strains by a doctor.

Patients that used indica reported to slept with no nightmares for the first time in 6 months.

Cannabis can have wonderful healing properties for people suffering a myriad of sleep disorders even at the cost of some REM time, especially when those critical deep sleep cycles are affected, it’s also connected with relieving anxiety and stress, it helps relax the body.

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