Why You Get Tired When You Smoke Cannabis
We’d like to provide some information about how cannabis affects your energy level. This is the first step toward managing your experience. Consuming cannabis can relax us to the point of feeling sleepy. For some, this is part of the benefit, for others, it is something to address. The activity the individual is involved in at the time definitely influences how they want to be affected. There are different uses, such as whether you consume for recreation or medicinally. You may or may not want the more sedative effect, so knowing more about it can help you make some helpful decisions, like what strain you choose to dominate, for example.
Understanding how cannabinoids and terpenes interact with and affect our bodies can help us make the right decisions.
What’s Behind that Tired Feeling
It is not uncommon for sleepiness to accompany cannabis consumption. Cannabinoids and terpenes interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system, a system thought to be involved in directing many mental and physical processes.
Cannabinoids: The two most influential cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid responsible for the high, is largely responsible for sleepiness. As it binds with the CB1 receptors, it mimics anandamide, a naturally occurring endocannabinoid that binds to cannabinoid receptors. There are indications that extensive use of cannabis with high THC content affects dopamine levels. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter; it causes us to want to repeat pleasing behaviour and avoid unpleasant behaviour. Consumption of cannabis, specifically THC, has a significant effect on motivation and energy level. CBD, another cannabinoid is also being linked to sleepiness and changes in sleep patterns, however current results are currently inconclusive.
Terpenes: Mercene, a terpene found in cannabis, may increase the permeability of the blood-brain barrier, which would allow cannabinoids easier access, potentially amplifying their effects. Also, another terpene found in cannabis called linalool may work with CBD to increases sleepiness.
Strains: There are strains that are more apt to make you sleepy and some more apt to wake you up. Some of the sleepier ones are Northern Lights, Royal Jack Automatic, Legendary OG Punch, Sweet ZZ, and Medical Mass. Those more apt to wake you up are Chocolate Haze, Green Crack Punch, Royal AK, Lemon Shining Silver Haze, and Sour Diesel.
Helpful Measures and Remedies
There are some measures you can take to address the feeling of tiredness.
Stop for a while: The first and most obvious move would be to take a break. This not only provides a reboot, allowing you to regain energy levels but also lowers your tolerance a bit so that you feel the effects more profoundly when you resume use.
Microdose: By microdosing you can continue to smoke regularly, but without always being tired. Control your intake, don’t let it control you.
Socialize: Our friends can make us feel good, which is an energy boost. Being with friends and enjoying activities together will keep your energy up.
Stay active: Keep the blood flowing. Go for a walk. Whether your using cannabis or not, laying around on the sofa will make you feel tired. An active lifestyle is always healthier. Exercise can clear your head and oxygenate your blood.
Shower: Showers are just good medicine. They invigorate, especially if they’re cold. That ought to snap you out of it.
Coffee: Although, if you’re not careful, coffee and cannabis can produce some feelings of anxiety, if you are careful with the amount, and are aware of the tendency to crash, coffee can be a quick energy boost.
Alternate: You might try CBD far a time to change it up, or perhaps substitute other herbs.
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