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Why don't you dream when you've smoked weed

You'd think you get the most incredible and crazy dreams when you're high. In fact, the opposite is true. While fear drives us crazy, how Dune, a classic in stoner literature, found that weed kills our dreams. But as soon as you stop smoking, our dreams come back and yearn for revenge.

"When I don't go to sleep stoned, my dreams are super intense," says Rod *. "I always thought that my imagination was simply used up when I was high."

Good news, Rod: there is no way your brain will run out of beautiful pictures. The pictures only have a different origin if you have smoked pot. To understand this, however, we first have to look at what exactly happens when we sleep.

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"Sleep is divided into several different stages," says Dr. Elliott Lee of the Royal Sleep Disorder Clinic in Ottawa. These stages, in turn, can be divided into two categories, according to Lee. "There is what is known as REM sleep, or dream sleep. Everything others fall under the category of non-REM sleep. "

Non-REM sleep (NREM for short) is available in three different versions: N1 sleep, the phase when you are dozing off and slowly waking up; According to Lee, N3 sleep or deep sleep is "the most physically and mentally restful sleep"; and N2 sleep, as the phase is called when you transition from one sleep phase to another, let's say from N1 to REM or from REM to N3 .N2 sleep is, so to speak, the cream filling in your sleep oreo.

Although REM sleep is called dream sleep, even in NREM sleep it is possible for us to dream — it is just quite unlikely and we also remember it less often. “We have about 80 percent of our dreams in REM sleep.” REM dreams are also much wackier. While NREM dreams are usually about everyday things, REM dreams send us to Georgia, where we are in front of the refrigerated shelf of a supermarket quarreling with Jamie Lee Curtis over the last yogurt in a life or death battle. "These dreams are much more emotional and colorful," says Lee.

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In many ways, grass is a real brake on the fun of our dreams. “Cannabis is an extremely powerful remedy for insomnia. Not only do you fall asleep better, you sleep better, "say Andrew Kuebbing and Felicia Carbajal of My Health Freedom, a California-based cannabis advocacy group. Meanwhile, studies have shown that pot reduces sleep latency - the time we need to fall asleep. decreased and the deep sleep phase improved.

Is it dangerous not to dream anymore? We still don't know what exactly happens during the REM sleep phase. All we know is that our body and mind regenerate during deep sleep. I ask dr Lee on the role of REM sleep. "We can't say for sure either, but there are some theories about it."

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One of the most promising theories, according to Lee, is the theory of “sleep to forget / sleep to remember.” REM sleep could play a crucial role in processing emotional memories. When we experience something traumatic, then two forms of memories become in Chiseled into our brain: a declarative and an emotional memory. Declarative memories contain specific details about what happened — the who, what, when, where, how, and sometimes why. Emotional memories, on the other hand, store how you felt when it happened Shortly after a traumatic event, our emotional memories are mixed up with the declarative ones, so you can't get the details without the emotions. Dreams help us separate our emotions from the events and get over certain things.

If you are afraid of missing out if you are not dreaming, then there is an easy solution. "If you stop cannabinoid therapy, there is a so-called 'rebound' phase, in which REM sleep is made up for," says the team at My Health Freedom. So there is a REM rebound when you do one Lack of REM sleep. "If we've stayed up all night - for whatever reason - then we catch up on the sleep we missed the next night," says Lee. If you haven't slept at all, then the priority is to catch up on NREM sleep. However, if you've smoked an excessive joint or two, dozed off, and missed all of your REM sleep, then you can expect the next sober night to be pretty weird.

You also experience a REM rebound if you have drunk too much. In nondrinkers, alcohol shortens sleep latency and suppresses REM sleep during the first half of the night. After the alcohol has passed through your body, there is a REM rebound. That could also be the reason why some people say they have the craziest dreams when they went out for a night - your brain does after hours. "I had some of my strangest and most disgusting dreams after drinking," says Yvonne *. "I recently dreamed that my hair was caught in my teeth and I tried to use it like floss. But then it started bleeding on my gums and it just didn't stop. My blood was brown and I just couldn't get the hair out of my teeth. "

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To verify the whole thing, I conducted an experiment to demonstrate the consequences of a REM rebound: I wrote down all of my dreams for two nights - one sober and one drunk. On the sober night, my dreams revolved around fairly mundane problems. All of my dreams were free of emotion. Among other things, I dreamed that I went back to my old job but didn't have to answer the phone. The drunken night, on the other hand, was an emotional roller coaster. I went to prom with Carson Daly and I was totally excited. My mom chased me through a lighthouse and I was totally scared. My hyper-political friends got people to vote and I was pretty scared.

If you want to use this knowledge to plant more spectacular dream images in your brain - sorry, it is not that simple. As Dr. Lee says that alcohol only stimulates dreaming with irregular, heavy consumption: “When people drink regularly, it is harder for them to fall asleep and sleep through the night. In addition, both phases of sleep are suppressed. It quickly becomes a trap. "

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