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Cannabis for sleep

2023-11-13 21:50:42.696569+01 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Cannabis users appear to be relying less on conventional sleep aids

“In general, the use of cannabis for sleep-related issues was perceived as more advantageous than over the counter medications or prescription sleep aids,” Cuttler said. “Unlike long-acting sedatives and alcohol, cannabis was not associated with a ‘hangover’ effect, although individuals reported some lingering effects such as sleepiness and changes in mood.”

Exploration of Medicine: A large-scale survey of cannabis use for sleep: preferred products and perceived effects in comparison to over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids

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#Comment Re: Cannabis for sleep made: 2023-11-14 14:34:53.254685+01 by: DaveP [edit history]

I’ve been using CBD for sleep for a while now, and it’s been pretty good at “quieting down” a noisy brain in the evening, and keeping me from waking up in the middle of the night, busy trying to plan out the next day. Melatonin is also helpful getting me to sleep in the evening relatively quickly, where the CBD gummy will take a few hours to do its thing. Anecdotal and all, but if you’re interested in brand recommendations, I’ve been happy with Green Roads Sleepy Z’s though the company has been frustrating, with large delays in shipping back when they changed ownership and didn’t issue any press releases until it was all done. I had one month’s worth shipment delayed almost a full month during that. But Green Roads also has their Relax Bears (lower dosage, and no melatonin, but good for my sweetie when cut into quarters) and their products in general are the best tasting, if that’s a deal for you. Aspen Green Rest gummies don’t have melatonin, which means I can add that separately if I want, and are a better deal if you need the larger dosage (I take two Sleepy Z’s when I use that).

I’ve tried a couple other brands, but won’t mention them. One was full spectrum but had “buzzy” THC, and I was wide awake all night long, which was not ideal. Another worked fine, but suffered from even worse “supply-chain issues” than Green Roads did, and the company seems to have disappeared completely now.

These are all brands that claim to be legal based on the 2018 farm bill, but there may be state regulations… And while I would love to support our local “cannabis enthusiast” by buying local, he’s had enough problems getting product from these companies reliably (due to adding THC products, and the effects that’s had on his banking access, plus the aforementioned “supply chain issues” that seem to affect CBD companies on a regular basis) that I’ve been buying direct until I figure out what works well for me, then I’ll let him know what I prefer and see if he can stock it reliably.

Regarding melatonin, there was one study showing that OTC melatonin they tested had from 1% up to 375% of the listed dosage, so there’s definitely some caveat emptor going on there as well. The Natrol Melatonin Max seem to be well rated, and are readily available in stores here.

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