Cannabis Ingestion Options For Sleep

Choosing your preferred method for symptom relief.


Now that you know the basics, it’s time to decide the best way to consume cannabis. There are various methods you can try, and it really depends on personal preference. The best way to choose is to discuss your situation with a Greenlight Approved retail partner. And remember: Start low (dose) and go slow. The goal is to fall asleep.

Here are a few methods that most cannabis consumers find effective:


Cartridge-Based Vape Pens

There are a lot of advantages to vaporization: It’s discreet, fast-acting, and produces no smoke or odor. For some, this is the gold standard of consumption. There is no carbon/ash taste and the flavor is unadulterated. You get the real taste of the product. Because of the prevalence of vaped tobacco products on American streets, the use of a vape pen can go hardly noticed if you live in an area that allows public consumption.

Your Greenlight Approved retail partner will have a wide variety of vaporizers for you to try. The ubiquitous cartridge-based vape pen is a great option for beginners because of its simplicity and relatively low cost. The vape pen allows you to try different cartridges filled with cannabis oil. Keep the device near your bed in the evening.


Smoking cannabis has been proven to not be harmful in the same way smoking tobacco is. Researchers have found that “Components of cannabis smoke minimize some carcinogenic pathways whereas tobacco smoke enhances some.”  If you are not averse to smoking, this method works quickly and effectively. For many people with trouble sleeping, a few puffs of cannabis before bedtime is all they need for a restful night. Others prefer having a pipe filled with cannabis and taking a few puffs.


More people with sleep issues are turning to edibles as a way to get a solid night’s sleep. Eating cannabis certainly has some advantages, but there are two things to understand before going this route: There is a delayed reaction, and figuring out the correct dosage requires a little trial and error.

Because edibles need to be processed through your digestive system, you will not feel the effect until about 45 to 90 minutes after eating. Plan ahead and be patient. And as for the dosage, once again start low and go slow. For most newcomers, a typical pre-packaged dose of 5-10 milligrams of THC will do the trick. Your Greenlight Approved retail partner will help you with the options.

Although edibles may require more time to take effect, they also stay in your system longer – up to eight hours for a typical dose. Edibles can help create full body relaxation rather than the “head high” that other forms of consumption may bring. This can be just what some people need to relax tense muscles before hitting the sack. So, for those with difficulty staying asleep, this may be a smart option.

(Drops) Tinctures

Tinctures are a great way to medicate for many conditions, including sleep problems. Tinctures are typically water-, natural oil-, alcohol- or glycerine-based options that come in small bottles with an eyedropper.

Simply fill the dropper with a few drops of tincture (a full dropper is typically a 10-mg dose) and place it under your tongue. Keep it in your mouth a few seconds before swallowing. The THC is absorbed in the blood vessels lining your mouth. This method is fairly fast-acting and is an excellent way to ensure the proper dose each night.

There are a wide variety of tinctures available with different ratios of THC and CBD. Your Greenlight Approved retail partner will help you figure out the best ratio for you.

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At Greenlight Approved, it is our mission to guide you through the cannabis experience and help you become an educated consumer. Let us help you better understand consumption and product options available at retail so you are prepared for your store visit.

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Will cannabis help me get a good night’s sleep?

Cannabis, in all its forms edibles, vapor and smoking the plant relaxes users. A 1973 study suggests that THC reduces the amount of time it takes those with insomnia to fall asleep. Continue reading

What is it about cannabis that gets me sleepy?

CBD has calming effects. THC appears to be the more effective cannabinoid for sleep. When it comes to sleep aid, most experts suggest Indica-dominant cannabis. Continue reading

Does cannabis help with sleep apnea?

THC has been shown to help calm or stabilize this type of sleep-disordered breathing. In a 2013 study, researchers found that their nighttime breathing and symptoms improved. Continue reading

How long before bedtime should I medicate?

Inhalation (smoking or vaping) give yourself 30 to 60 minutes before going to bed. Edibles can take hours before you feel the effects but are much longer lasting. Continue reading

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Our select list of retailers in Spokane and Grant County provide high-quality and all-natural cannabis products for every need. Search for a retailer near you.

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