Dreaming… it’s a weird concept to understand and for many, we have a love/hate relationship with the idea. This seems to be especially true within the cannabis community. It seems that anyone who consumes cannabis either dreams all the time, or hardly at all. So how do cannabis and dreams overlap? Let’s take a look by going through the 5 stages of sleep.
Yep, we’re keeping it real with you and not wasting any time. The first four stages of sleep, which are known as NREM stages tend to progress over the first 1 – 1.5 hours after you’ve fallen asleep. The fourth stage is where you really enter the “deep sleep” stage.
No, we’re not talking about the band here. The fifth stage is known as the REM or Rapid Eye Movement sleep stage where dreaming commences. This stage makes up about 20% of our sleep cycles and is where the magic (or curse for some) of dreams comes into play. This stage of sleep is triggered or activates a neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine. This means that dreams are linked to neural activity. The question though is how does cannabis affect this process?
Quite a bit of science suggests that cannabis consumption leads to less dreaming. It also suggests that how much you consume, and how often could have major factors in how your cannabis use contributes to your dreams or perhaps lack of.
Put simply, if you are a regular consumer of cannabis or if you utilize cannabis to treat sleep-related disorders, chances are you dream much less than you would if not consuming cannabis. Not only this, but you likely do not remember your dreams when in a THC induced sleep if you do reach the REM stage and dreaming occurs. This is why many cannabis consumers report having more dreams and more vividly when they are taking a tolerance break or have been unable to consume for whatever devilish reason for a period of time.
Do you toke up on the regular? Do you utilize cannabis to sleep? If so, we would love to hear about your cannabis dreams, or lack thereof!