Marijuana Dreaming: How Cannabis Affects Your Dream State

Vivid, lucid dreams are part of the human experience. Some people have them, others say they do not, but they may increase with the use of marijuana. There is the possibility it can have an effect on dreams when a person stops, or while they are using. Cannabis consumption affects everyone differently for different reasons. Find out how and why dreams are impacted by cannabis use and how to navigate these dreams.


Why Dreaming Happens

Dreams happen during REM sleep, a cycle which stands for ‘rapid eye movement.’ this occurs about 90 minutes into sleep, characterized by quick, side-to-side eye movement. REM sleep is activated by the neurotransmitter acetylcholine as well as chemical activity in the pons region of the brain stem. Although dreams are often a result of neural activity, brains can be funny things. Some dreams can happen more frequently when a person is woken up, then falls back to sleep and is experiencing lighter sleep.


Rebound Theories

During a break in cannabis consumption, some people have reported they experienced dreams. Vivid dreams that may include lots of things that wake them out of their state. While reading up on cannabis, they may think they experienced what they dreamed about. REM rebound is a sudden increase in REM sleep and dreaming. Though research is needed to look into this theory, it seems this may explain strange dreams that occur after quitting cannabis or taking a break. 


Controlling the Dreams

Nightmares are often a common recurring symptom of PTSD and anxiety disorders. This disrupts a night of sleep for people who seem to never feel well-rested. Cannabis and its effects can help. Certain strains can be helpful and allow someone to sleep without nightmares, even after years of experiencing them with PTSD. Insomnia sufferers often look to cannabis to help them get a good night’s rest. It helps promote longer sleep and resolve breathing-related sleep issues. 


REM Suppression

A concern for people who smoke cannabis is whether it is harmful to suppress REM sleep. Studies show with minimal REM sleep, there are no adverse effects in day-to-day experiences. This is not the case with non-REM deep sleep cycles. The sequences of other sleep cycles are imperative to health. Anti-depressants are known to suppress the REM sleep, but a daily regimen of SSRIs does not cause a downward spiral in people who consume cannabis.  


Cannabis has great healing properties for people suffering from symptoms of sleep disorders and mental health conditions. A doctor should be monitoring the use and sleep cycles to be sure a person gets maximum benefit without too much disruption to their daily routine. The goal of cannabis is to be of help, not to be a detriment. Speak with qualified people who can help adjust the strains and transmission of cannabis to ensure everything is as it should be so that you can get the best night’s sleep possible for your overall health. 


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