Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 10/10/2018 in Medical Marijuana
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Medical marijuana has the potential to relieve a wide range of symptoms and conditions. But, like any other kind of medicine, it has side effects that affect some people more than others. Certain patients feel sleepy after they take their cannabis medicine. This drowsiness can get in the way of daily functioning. Read on to find out why some marijuana products cause tiredness and how you can change your treatment plan to avoid it.
When we understand how our bodies react to marijuana, we can reduce the side effects and enhance the benefits. Cannabis makes you sleepy due to the following factors.
When you notice that your medicine causes drowsiness, your first step is to try changing to a different product. Concentrates, capsules and other infused products each have a formula of compounds. Some items have more THC than others, making them more likely to make you sleepy.
If you need a high amount of THC in your medicine, try asking for a product that also has a high amount of cannabidiol (CBD). CBD reduces the side effects of THC and improves its benefits. If you take your medicine in edible form, find something that has a lower sugar content.
Another option when looking for a remedy that doesn’t cause drowsiness is to search for a new strain. Keep in mind that strains can include an indica, sativa or hybrid. Indica strains have more sedating effects than strains with sativa heritage. Many indica strains have more terpenes than sativa strains do. Even if your strain doesn’t have as much THC, the terpenes it contains could have an impact on its effects.
While THC has the most influence over the level of drowsiness caused by a medication, other cannabinoids have a similar effect. Cannabinol (CBN) amplifies the sleepiness associated with THC. You may not have much control over the THC in your medication unless you change it, but you can reduce the amount of CBN.
When THC makes contact with the air, it begins to turn into CBN. If you use flower to medicate, keep it stored in an airtight container away from light. Marijuana tends to contain more CBN when it becomes dry and aged due to a natural curing process.
If you feel satisfied with your medicine’s effects and don’t want to change it, you can try taking it before bed. Much of the drowsiness should go away when you wake up. However, some of the benefits could be reduced as well.
This approach takes some experimentation, so try it the night before a day when you don’t plan to do much. You may find that you feel good enough throughout the day that you could change to a nighttime dosage. And you may find that your sleep is improved.
While some patients prefer to avoid the sedative effects of marijuana, others take it specifically to improve sleep. Cannabis medicine can help with sleep conditions like:
While some patients don’t prefer the sedative effects of marijuana, others take it specifically for sleep. Cannabis medicine relieves sleep conditions like:
Before you decide to make a major change in your medical marijuana treatment, talk to your recommending doctor or a dispensary employee. Switching the way you take your cannabis medicine may be safe, but these professionals will help you make a smooth transition to your new plan. You can call your doctor or ask the consultants at your dispensary for assistance.
The side effects of marijuana are generally mild, but managing them will let you enjoy your treatment more. At MarijuanaDoctors.com, we aim to provide comprehensive information on everything related to cannabis medicine. Visit our side effects page today to learn about more potential side effects, as well as how to handle them.