Will Delta 9 Help Me Sleep?

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Sleep is one of the most important functions our bodies rely on, though many adults don’t get enough of it. According to research from the Sleep Foundation, more than one-third of U.S. adults get less than seven hours of sleep each night and about 70 million suffer from sleep disorder symptoms.

While there are plenty of options to get a solid night’s rest, a number of consumers are shifting their focus toward cannabis and delta 9 THC (traditional THC) to get the rest they need.

But will THC actually help you sleep?

Key Takeaways

  • Delta 9 THC (also known as just "THC") is the well-known compound in cannabis and creates a “high” feeling in users.
  • Research finds that THC can help to improve sleep. This is due to how the cannabinoid interacts with receptors in our brains.
  • Considering product type, sativa or indica classification, and other cannabinoids are also important factors in using THC to manage sleep.

    What is Delta 9 THC?

    Delta 9 THC is the specific name for THC that elicits a “high” from cannabis use and the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. There are other forms of THC, including delta 8, though delta 9 THC is the most common, traditional form.

    Psychotropic products at legal dispensaries are rich in delta 9 THC. Consumers can also legally find products made with hemp-derived delta 9, so long as the total amount of THC is less than 0.3% by dry weight.


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    Does Delta 9 THC Make You High?

    One of the prominent features of delta 9 THC is the intoxicating “high” it induces. This may manifest differently, depending on tolerance and other specific factors in individuals, along with the specific strain of the product, amount of THC (and other cannabinoids), consumption method, and more.

    More people now are "microdosing", which simply means taking small doses of THC to avoid feeling intoxicated, while still benefiting from the effects.

    Does Delta 9 Work as a Sleep Aid?

    The effect of THC on sleep has been widely studied, with numerous studies showing that delta 9 indeed helped to improve sleep quality and symptoms associated with insomnia. Sleep issues are also often included in qualifying conditions for medicinal cannabis in many regions.

    This is in part due to the psychoactive effects of cannabis, which can promote a relaxed state that makes it easier for many to sleep after use. On top of that, delta 9 THC binds with our cannabinoid receptors which explicitly triggers physiological processes related to our sleep and sleep quality.

    What are the Best THC Products for Sleep?

    It’s important to note that delta 9 THC is not “one size fits all” when it comes to sleep.

    While there are exceptions, sativa products tend to usher in more energy and pep, while indica products tend to be more mellow and relaxing — making them a better fit for sleep.

    Inhalable products like flower and vaporizers tend to have a shorter duration for overall effects, usually about two to four hours. This may not be an issue for some when it comes to sleep — as mentioned, the effects of THC on sleep go deeper than just the feelings that come with a high.

    Still some may find longer lasting relief from edibles and sublingual products like tinctures and oils, since they generally have longer lasting effects (often between four and eight hours depending on the dose). Thinking through the onset of effects is also important, as inhalable products can typically be felt within minutes, a sublingual usually takes at least 10-15 minutes to hit the system, while edibles can take anywhere between a half hour to an hour or more to take effect.

    Research is still ongoing, but compounds like CBD and CBN have also been found to help with improving sleep quality — both on their own and alongside THC. For those who want a lower dose of THC or may be looking to avoid it altogether, these cannabinoids may be a great option.

    Final Thoughts

    If you’re looking for assistance in managing your sleep and improving your nightly rest, delta 9 is definitely a contender. It may take some trial and error, and starting low and slow is a good bet. There are already millions of people turning to delta 9 THC, cannabis and hemp, and its many compounds for relief. 

    Disclaimer: None of what is published on evn-cbd.com is intended to be professional medical advice. Consult your health practitioner regarding any medical treatment or diagnosis.


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