CBD vs. THC for Sleep: Uncovering the Truth

Investigate the debate of CBD vs. THC for sleep in this episode. Gain insights into how cannabis compounds interact with the endocannabinoid system to influence sleep cycles. Discover strains promoting relaxation and sedation, explore CBD’s potential as a sleep aid, and hear real-life experiences to fine-tune your approach for better sleep.

The Sleep Chronicles: Unveiling the Mysterious Relationship Between Weed, CBD and Sleep

In this episode of The High Guide podcast, we investigate Which is better for sleep CBD or THC?Join us as we uncover the scientific research, bust prevalent myths, and delve into personal experiences surrounding this controversial topic.
After listening to this episode, you’ll have a better understanding of:

  • Gain insights into how cannabis compounds like THC and CBD interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system to influence sleep cycles.
  • Discover the world of cannabis strains tailored to promote relaxation and sedation, and learn how to navigate the vast array of options.
  • Explore the rising popularity of CBD as a sleep aid, its potential benefits, and what the latest research reveals about its effects on sleep quality.
  • Hear about real-life experiences as we share stories from individuals who’ve incorporated cannabis or CBD into their sleep routines, and learn how to fine-tune your approach for optimal results.

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April Pride, host : [00:00:00] Hey, it’s April Pride, your host here on the High Guide podcast. I’d like to take a moment to remind you that we do discuss cannabis and psychedelics, and this podcast is intended for audiences 21 and over. Also, I am not a medical expert. We do discuss interventions and protocols and you should consult your medical professional before moving forward with anything that we may discuss here on the show. Before we begin, I’d like to thank our show sponsor of like Minds. Check out of like minds.co. That’s of like minds mind. Esco To learn more about Seattle’s trusted source for psilocybin. Hi everyone. Today we’re devoting the whole show to the connection between weed and sleep. Does it work or does it just make things worse? We’re going to review the scientific research about it, bust some myths, and offer a few personal stories from people who have found ways to use cannabis to get some shuteye. The question people often ask is which is better for sleep, CBD or THC? I have a renewed interest in this question, thanks to my dad. He’s had trouble sleeping for years and recently he started infusing cannabis flour into oil with his Levo that his daughter, his awesome daughter purchased for him to take right before bed. He’s been tinkering with THC and CBD to get the potency right, to get the ratio right. And I think he finally has because lately he started sleeping eight hours a night, because I know that if we can sleep, we can also heal our physical pain, which mean the man is definitely got some talking to him.

April Pride, host : [00:01:45] Feels so different now. He’s so easy with everything these days and I feel like he’s a new human, you know? He’s always been awesome, but something’s feels extra special. Awesome. Now I think it can be as simple as getting a good night of sleep, which he just never has. But as I mentioned in the last few episodes about Microdosing cannabis and taking cannabis for pain when you’re trying to use cannabis for sleep, it’s critical to have both THC and CBD. The THC will immediately put you to sleep, but it’s CBD that regulates your sleep wake cycles for a 24 hour period. That’s the thing that keeps you asleep through the night and then throughout the next day you don’t have a crash at three in the afternoon. The one job that cannabis has is homeostasis, making sure everything is equal. So having both CBD and THC in your system when you’re using it for sleep helps to ensure homeostasis so you don’t have those fluctuations. And a quick heads up for our listeners, the recording you’re about to listen to has a different sound quality. When I consume cannabis before bed, it stops my mind from racing. It shuts it all down. I can hear the ambient details like rain or my dog snoring and my mind is able to wander off to sleep. It’s absolute heaven after a lifelong struggle with insomnia. You just heard from Julia Jacobson, the CEO of Sustainable Cannabis Company Aster Farms, out of California. She’s a woman who knows how to do the pot and uses it to improve her sleep.

Speaker2: [00:03:25] This is Carrie Solomon. I use CBD every night to help with sleep, and I find that when I consume it as a tincture, it doesn’t exactly help me fall asleep, but it gives me a better quality sleep throughout the night. So even if I wake up for some reason I’m able to go back to sleep a little easier. I also consume CBD throughout the day, which just kind of helps with general anxiety and just everyday aches and pains. So sleeping is a little bit easier, but every night 10 to 15mg full spectrum tincture.

April Pride, host : [00:04:00] Thc gets you to sleep, sedates you within a half hour, and CBD keeps you asleep. In addition to stabilizing your sleep patterns at night, CBD is also optimizing your sleep wake cycle throughout the 24 hour period. Okay, It’s time to talk about a hot and fascinating topic. How to elevate your psychedelic experience. Psilocybin acts on the serotonin pathway and boosters optimize your experience by stimulating those receptors. These guys get your mind and body in the perfect state to embark on a trip. Boosters also help down regulate you at the end of the trip. Once the serotonin surge has depleted, boosters clear the serotonin transmitters from the pathway, which makes for an easy comedown. Boosters are also nootropics, meaning they improve mental clarity. They can be a big help in staying fully present throughout your journey or microdose regimen. We have a couple of booster supplements to choose from. The first one combats inflammation with the power of four anti-inflammatory spices, cloves, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon. This booster doesn’t contain psychoactive ingredients, which means we can ship this guy anywhere in the world, ensuring everyone can have access to its benefits. The second booster does alter you. It combines powdered morning glory, a psychoactive plant with an anti-inflammatory spices in the first booster. Together, they create a truly unique experience. And Morning Glory isn’t a controlled substance, which means we can ship this one anywhere too. If you’re looking to feel altered but live in a place where psilocybin isn’t legal yet, our Morning Glory booster is a fantastic option.

April Pride, host : [00:05:42] If you want to unlock the potential of your psychedelic journey or are looking to dial in your trips, get yourself a booster. They keep your body in balance, prevent inflammation and save you from crashing when the medicine has run its course. Visit the Of Like Minds website to learn more about the power of boosters and to learn all the ways we’re of like minds. For today’s High five What to Buy for Better Sleep Number one. Julia Jacobson, co-founder of Astor Farms, loves pulling out an eighth of their moonlight effect strain when she’s looking for a little assistance with getting to sleep. It’s an indica dominant flower that she usually vapes in her packs to. Number two greater goods mint hibiscus, 100mg CBD chocolate bar. It’s made with organic fair trade, non-GMO dark chocolate that tastes delicious in fact, and is mood boosting crafted with full spectrum conscientiously cultivated hemp oil. This low fat, good fat chocolate is a great carrier for cannabinoids to incorporate into your system with the potential to last longer by entering deeply into the digestive tract. Ships anywhere. Number three A great THC free option comes to us from kin slips. Love kin slips their shut eye. Sublingual strips go under the tongue for fast absorption and they have five milligrams of CBD and five milligrams of CBN. That’s a new cannabinoid that we haven’t really discussed, but we may in future episodes. It’s a formula created to help you sleep through the night. Number four the nightcap tincture from Juna is a hemp based blend that turns down the volume on racing thoughts.

April Pride, host : [00:07:35] Sound familiar? And invites you into your most restorative sleep. Number five Barberries. Herbal smoking blends are formulated to be mixed with hemp or cannabis and smoked as a spliff so that consumers can have more control over the type of high or effects they experience. Their product Airplane mode. I love it to relax and sometimes I only smoke it and I don’t mix weed with it. It features Lavender Rose and Blue Lotus flower, which encourages relaxation and calming of the senses. As you know, we offer strains that we like, and today the strains are going to be all about sleep. Dutch treat cannabis to enjoy the silence. A rush of cerebral, uplifting euphoria. You’ll have reduced stress and your body will be relaxed. It’s an essential strain of Amsterdam coffee shops. So when we get on airplanes again and we go there, look for it once again. Granddaddy Purp. I mean, it’s just it’s a good one. And you can usually find it in every state. In fact, it’s very popular here on the West Coast. I recommend it for nighttime use. And if if strains were defined, Granddaddy Purp would probably be translated to couch lock, mind free blueberry essence. It is all about bliss and relaxation. It’s a high CBD strain, so more calming and relaxing without sluggishness, it relaxes away pain and you start to have a little bit of a body high. It’s kind of tingly and you’ll level off into a nice induced sleep.

April Pride, host : [00:09:19] So after all that great information about cannabis for sleep, I have one parting reminder If you want to start experimenting with cannabis to help with sleep, it’s possible to build up a tolerance for THC. So take the bare minimum of that cannabinoid. Thc disrupts deep sleep, which is a stage just before REM, which is when you dream. Just hemp derived CBD on its own does work for some people to get to sleep. But 30% of people say they don’t feel any effect. I’m one of these people, in fact, and if I take CBD before bed, it actually gives me more energy. What it does is it wakes me up at one in the morning almost without fail, and I typically go to bed like sometime between like ten and midnight. But let’s say I went to bed at like between 10 and 11. It’ll wake me up a couple of hours later. And yeah, that’s something about if CBD regulates sleep cycles, it does something to mine at the wrong time. And I’m not alone. So the best bet is to find a product that includes a touch of THC along with CBD. Guess what that means? You have to go to a dispensary. So that’s the word on cannabis and sleep. We’ve got a few related episodes we’ve linked in the show notes and Sweet Dreams. Thank you as always for listening to the High Guide podcast and we’ll see you next time.

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Producer & Host: April Pride

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