Tossing and turning, waking up in the middle of the night, not being able to quiet your mind enough to drift off—these are just a few common realities for people struggling with insomnia.
Whether you’ve already tried traditional sleep pharmaceuticals or you’re worried about their side effects, you might be desperate for a sleep aid that actually works. Enter medical cannabis.
At TeleLeaf, we’ve seen firsthand how medical marijuana can help people get better, more restful sleep and return to normal sleep-wake cycles. But if you’re planning to use weed for sleep, which method is best: smoking, eating an edible, or using a tincture or oil?
In this guide, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about using cannabis as a sleep aid so that you can choose an administration method that works best for your lifestyle.
Let’s start with the cannabis community’s tried-and-true method: smoking. Either smoking or vaping could be helpful tools in your journey to better sleep, but what should you know before you try it?
Patients using medical marijuana generally report that smoking leads to fast results—just minutes after smoking, you’ll start to notice the effects.
If you choose a strain and cannabinoid profile that makes you sleepy, smoking will likely speed up the results, putting you to sleep quickly.
For example, synthetic forms of THC have shown potential for treating obstructive sleep apnea, reducing PTSD-related nightmares, and improving sleep for people living with chronic pain. CBD, on the other hand, may reduce symptoms of REM sleep behavior disorder and excessive daytime sleepiness.
When it comes to sleep quality, patients simply can’t say enough about medical marijuana. One TeleLeaf patient said, “I highly recommend it if you’re looking for pain relief, relief from depression, or want to sleep better.”
Another told us that, after a medical marijuana doctor’s appointment, they’re “On the way to a better, more functional life and a better night’s sleep.”
Overall, people report that smoking weed before bed:
People looking to smoke have three choices:
Keep in mind, there are a few considerations to make before you start smoking before bed:
Ultimately, in the right scenario, smoking can offer sleep improvement without hassle.
Another way to improve sleep with marijuana is by eating edibles. These may include:
Let’s break down how edibles might help you on your journey to better sleep.
For most patients, edibles can take time to kick in. There are two key reasons why:
Using edibles for sleep will take some experimentation. Once you find your ideal product, tinker with the timing to start feeling the effects as soon as your head hits the pillow.
The effects of edibles typically outlast smoking—edible effects can last for multiple hours depending on the dose and other factors.
So, for people who have trouble staying asleep, edibles could be particularly useful. As far as sleep quality is concerned, the effects are similar to smoking. Patients using medical marijuana edibles for sleep:
When it comes to edibles, timing is everything. If you try to keep a strictly scheduled lifestyle, you’ll have to experiment with products, timing, and dosage to find your perfect drowsy draught.
Timing could also impact people with dietary restrictions related to:
Two other marijuana forms that could help people looking to get better sleep are:
What could using these products look like on your sleep journey?
Depending on how you administer a tincture or oil, your time to onset can vary:
Like other methods, finding the right tincture routine is all about experimenting with products, timing, and dosage.
Like other marijuana products, patients using tinctures and oils for sleep generally have positive experiences: these products can help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and sleep more deeply.
In terms of duration, tinctures and oils are a happy medium between smoking and edibles. Results typically last for at least an hour (if not more), so they should help you drift into deep sleep without interruptions.
Tinctures and oils are convenient, discreet, and versatile: you can get creative with administration, timing, and dosages.
However, it might be easier for cannabis newcomers to take more than they expect. Since you’re not smoking or eating the product, it might feel like one drop isn’t enough to produce results—but some products are highly concentrated.
We recommend starting small and increasing your dose slowly; this is especially true if you’re looking to use marijuana tinctures and oils for sleep.
With all of the above in mind, which administration method is right for your lifestyle?
You don’t have to accept a life of restless sleep and groggy mornings. Whether you’ve already tried pharmaceuticals or you want to skip right to plant-based solutions, medical cannabis can offer the sleep breakthrough you’re looking for.
At TeleLeaf, we’re passionate about connecting people to the natural healing options they deserve. If you’re ready to start your medical marijuana journey, or you have more questions about cannabis, start a conversation with our expert team today.
Sleep Foundation. Using Cannabis as a Sleep Aid.
Healthline. CBD Oil vs. Tincture: What’s the Difference?.