After considering the side effects and dependency potential of standard sleep medicine, some patients opt for medical marijuana to help them sleep. Since it has fewer dependency issues and milder side effects, cannabis helps tons of folks with their insomnia without the risks.
Many of these patients medicate with edibles. Edibles are an accessible and familiar way to consume marijuana. Not everyone has smoked or vaped, but everyone has eaten food!
Whether you’re new to eating edibles for sleep or have a medicated midnight snack every evening, we can help you brainstorm what edibles will work best for you.
Weed connoisseurs use the term “edible” to refer to any consumable product with marijuana or cannabinoids in it. Edibles include food, snacks, and cooking ingredients. You can commonly find them at marijuana dispensaries.
In addition to buying cannabis goodies, you can also make your own. DIY edibles are great for folks who can only purchase marijuana flowers in their state and patients with specific dietary needs. If you know basic cooking skills, you can make an edible!
While dispensaries often carry a large selection of edible products, the variety can make it difficult to know what will help you sleep and what won’t. You might not realize that certain types of regular food enable you to sleep more than others. To understand what will work best for you, you should apply the same rules that apply to food without weed in it.
In general, eating something before bed is better than nothing. Having a small, healthy snack before you go to sleep will prevent you from getting hungry in the middle of the night. Hunger can make it harder to fall asleep or wake you up in the middle of the night.
However, we recommend sticking to healthier options if possible. Many prepackaged edibles have high amounts of fat and sugar, and food with large amounts of fat and sugar can disrupt your sleep.
So, that leaves the question: what food promotes sleep? Foods high in sleep hormones like tryptophan and serotonin — such as turkey, low-fat dairy products, honey, oats, and bananas — can help. Herbal teas without caffeine will relax you, too.
As you can see, many of those sleep-promoting foods often don’t appear in the typical edibles section at your dispensary. So, if possible, you should make your own marijuana-infused foods that implement them.
Making yourself a weed treat before bed is as easy as whipping up something in the kitchen. Patients of any cooking skill level can make an edible — you just need to know a recipe or two! Here are a few to start with:
When you make your edibles, you should consider the strain of the marijuana you use. Every kind of marijuana plant has different qualities. So, not just any bud you get will work the best for helping you sleep.
Cannabis comes in two major categories — indica and sativa. Indica strains are known for promoting restfulness, and sativa strains give a jolt of energy. So, logically, you want to use either a pure indica strain or a hybrid strain with mostly indica in it to help you sleep.
Digging a little into the chemistry behind marijuana, the chemicals in each strain type shape how they make you feel. Indica has more of the cannabinoid CBD, which relaxes you without making you feel high. So, if you’d like, you can use CBD oil in place of a strain and see if it makes you sleepy.
If you do use regular bud to make your goodies, some indica strains work better for sleep than others. Here are some of our recommendations for more common strains:
Marijuana farmers grow thousands of strains, so consider this list just the tip of the iceberg. Just like anything else related to medical marijuana, make sure to do your research before deciding what to use.
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