Does cannabis affect how you sleep? Do you dream more or less when consuming? Do you dream at all? Do you remember your dreams if you do dream in an elevated state? These are questions that are surprisingly being asked by a lot of people. To find the answer to these questions you would have to speak to a sleep specialist and one that understands cannabinoid therapies. This is where you might have trouble because cannabis isn’t exactly a medical standard in med school these days as of yet.
Cannabis and Dreams
The endocannabinoid system reacts to the absorption cannabinoids via specific receptors located throughout the body. Reactions vary from person to person. Ultimately, increased communication between nerves and cells is facilitated when cannabis is consumed. This process helps with everything from homeostasis to other essential processes in the body. When it comes to cannabis and sleep, most people who consume regularly don’t have dreams or don’t remember them. Should they stop consuming cannabis, however, for some reason more than often their dreams become very vivid. So why is this? Let’s see what one sleep expert has to say.
What the Doc Says
The head of the Holland Sleep Research Center in the Netherlands, Dr. Hans Hamburger, says that cannabis suppresses REM sleep. REM sleep typically occurs during deep sleep and is usually signified by heavy breathing, increased pulse rate, rapid twitching of the eye, and more. According to the doctor when you’re sleeping the mind is in a lower state of consciousness. REM sleep is a process that helps the mind sort through the images of the day. Dr. Hamburger said this process is essential for a healthy mind. Cannabis isn’t the only thing that affects REM sleep. Alcohol also affects this type of sleep.
Pretty much any drug somebody uses can alter or affect REM sleep. When discontinuing the use of this drug, increased dreams often occur. These dreams are usually more vivid and cause a very uncomfortable night’s sleep. Most times this doesn’t require any form of medical treatment. The intense dreams often settle themselves out in a two to three-week period. So, if you’ve been blazing hard and have to stop or have stopped and are experiencing very vivid dreams, it could be because you are once again reaching REM sleep.