Cannabis oil an affect sleep and different cannabinoids can affect sleep in different ways. Now studies are showing that people can treat their narcolepsy with cannabis oil. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main cannabinoids found in cannabis and one of the most useful medically. CBD as medical cannabis is legal in more countries now thanks to its healing properties and lack of side effects. CBD really works in the daytime to increase alertness if the dosage is correct. CBD does not have much effect at night when people want to sleep. People suffering insomnia would have to take tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which does induce sleep and improve the way people sleep. This psychoactive cannabinoid is avoided by many due its ability to make the user high. But it is still a powerful healing agent and can be used with care. In the case of narcolepsy, sufferers can treat their sleep condition with CBD-infused cannabis oil. And take THC at night when they battle to sleep.
Feeling overwhelmingly exhausted during the day is narcolepsy. It is also associated with sleep paralysis, hallucinations and even a condition called cataplexy. This is when the patient loses muscle control which starts when they experience a strong emotion such as laughter or sadness. People can have narcolepsy for years and while there is no known cure, there are stimulants and ways of getting to the core of the issue. People with narcolepsy get a strong feeling to sleep during normal activities and this can be dangerous. If they do fall asleep while at university, for example, they can also experience a slack jaw, weak arms and legs – or even have hallucinations upon waking!
Everyone needs at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Some people get more, some get less – and children definitely need more. Sleep helps our bodies an brains to detox – to clean out everything that happened that day. Sleep helps us to re-energise, restore and grow – this includes hormone synthesis, muscle and tissue repair and restoration of other intricate parts of our bodies. If we do not get enough sleep, we get grumpy, we battle to relate to people, we get depressed. Lack of sleep leads to weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and more.
The use of cannabidiol (CBD) to treat narcolepsy is best as it is a known stimulant – if taken in the right doses. Take constant, small doses of CBD during the day and fight this sleepiness. Keep some CBD on you all day, in the form of tinctures or capsules to take when you start to feel a narcolepsy “attack” coming on. Using cannabis oil can reduce REM sleep, which occurs during narcolepsy. CBD also treats the side effects of getting too little sleep – moodiness, weight gain, diabetes, blood pressure and more. Having narcolepsy means having broken up periods of sleep during the day, not any quality sleep. And at night, they experience excessive periods of being awake. This is when they can take cannabis oil to improve their sleep.
THC can induce sleep and improve sleep patterns at night. So someone with narcolepsy can treat the disease with CBD during the day, and THC during the night. This way, they can try to regulate their sleepiness and stay awake during the day, sleeping better at night.