News Flash: Cannabis can make you tired. In fact, some individuals don’t touch cannabis simply because it makes them too relaxed. Others, turn to cannabis simply for this effect. But why does weed make you sleepy? The answers lie in science.
Within the anatomy of the cannabis plant and more specifically within the buds, there are two aspects that play a vital role in cannabis’ relaxing effects. These two compounds are tetrahydrocannabinol or THC and aromatic plant terpenes. Not only can THC and terpenes have relaxing and even sedating effects on their own, but these characteristics are also more potent when they co-exist.
Let’s take a closer look at why THC and specific terpenes have a sleep-inducing effect.
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the primary phytocannabinoid in most strains of cannabis. It is also the primary compound responsible for producing the intoxicating “high” that cannabis offers. THC however also works exclusively with other naturally occurring compounds such as melatonin. Neurotransmitters like melatonin according to science are likely to increase within a short time after cannabis consumption takes place. This boost in the production of melatonin after cannabis consumption could play a significant role in why cannabis makes many people sleepy despite the time of day or how well rested they are.
Terpenes are aromatic compounds that are responsible for the aroma of plants including trees, fruits, vegetables, and yes… cannabis. Just like cannabinoids, terpenes also play a significant factor in the medicinal value that cannabis stands to offer. Some terpenes such as myrcene have been scientifically proven to offer sedating and relaxing aromatic effects. Other terpenes that offer the same effects include Linalool, Terpinolene, Humulene, and Bisoprolol. You can find these terpenes in other plants such as lavender, hops, and chamomile.