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156 responses to “Does marijuana affect dreaming?”

  1. joe B

    I was a pothead for about 8 years and started having these crazy dreams as soon as i quit smoking. Funny thing is for a 28 yr old man, i wake up sometimes feeling very scared and afraid from these very vivid dreams and nightmares. Apart from a very few dreams where you are a hero, or can fly around or in an orgy etc the rest are just pants pissing scary. eg being chased by giant anacondas, arrested for being a national saboteur and terrorist, some are also recurring dreams where im always the bad guy in similar scenes (like episodes of a series)
    Worst thing is that you carry all you emotions and feelings from the dream into reality. It me takes a day or two to get over them. I’ve had to start smoking again from time to time to avoid these crazy dreams.

  2. lnz

    I feel like when I quit smoking I have so many dreams it’s almost like I’m not getting any sleep at all. It feels like my mind is running all night. But when I am smoking (i have been a heavy smoker for 13 plus years). I dont have many dreams and feel like I sleep much better. That’s one reason why it has been hard to quit smoking.

  3. lnz

    I also feel like weed is a medicine for me. Before I started smoking years ago my stomach hurt all the time, I would even throw up every morning. Since I have been a regular smoker I only have the stomach pain when I don’t have the weed. Also my anxiety and irritability is definitely stabilized when using. But it is very expensive and illegal where I am from and I just can’t carry the habit anymore and I don’t want to be feeling sick everyday And not able to eat.

  4. Narcoleptic

    So I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy and have been searching for more scholarly articles relating to the possibilities of using MJ to treat N. However, there seem to be none. But I did come across this page.

    You may be thinking to yourself, “why would someone who sleeps too much want to use MJ?”

    The reason is precisely what this author described, the suppression of REM sleep. The reason narcoleptics are always to tired is that their sleep patterns are broken. When someone with N goes to sleep, they typically enter REM sleep within a few minutes and continue their sleep in this stage for most of the remainder of their sleep. They skip the other stages where the real restorative sleep occurs and as a result their brains are active all night. Narcoleptics suffer from frequent lucid dreams nearly all the time so in effect their brains are effectively “on” all the time. As you can imagine, this would make one very tired. Suppressing REM sleep is actually the best treatment route for narcoleptics (but most of us live on amphetamines instead).

    So instead of any doctors doing research into MJ to suppress REM, they decided to start prescribing GHB (yes, the date rape drug) to achieve the same effect. Gotta live how the world works: MJ=bad, GHB=good for narcoleptics.

    In any case, if anyone reading this is interested or knows of some actual studies tying the benefits of MJ and N together, please post a link. I wish I lived in a more drug liberalized state, but alas Virginia is not there yet.

  5. noi

    I started experiencing sleep paralysis when I was a teen. I just had an episode tonight… Im smoking cannibas right now so I can sleep without the likely chance of experiencing sleep paralysis again. I usually “blaze” because I have G.I disorders but limit my cannibas intake. I am very intrigued about the idea of sp being a gateway to Lucid Dreaming… thanks for the info… never stop reading/learning

  6. Camma D.

    I am interested to learn more about this study, because when I was a little girl before picking up various substances I was diagnosed with Night Terrors. As I got older they only intensified. Sometimes I don’t have what is known as night terrors because sometimes I remember what is going on in the dream.

    I was asleep with my boyfriend at the time about 6 months ago and he woke me up because I was punching him over and over. I was very confused and apologized and this was the first time that he had been around for a night terror. I told him when we first got together that I had them, but I hadn’t had them in a while. Meaning since I smoked at a steady rate.

    I started smoking at age 13 I believe maybe 12. I did various things for about 9-10 years. Now I am in College and have decided that I am tired of always being fuzzy and I had decided to stop permanently and I needed to take a long holiday so now I am here in another Country with my now friend but ex boy friend. (The one who witnessed it first hand)

    My dreams since the THC and other things have been leaving my system my dreams have been becoming more and more intense. I sometimes dream with my eyes open, but I don’t typically see what is really in front of me I see what I am dreaming usually I do wake up and focus in on what is really there, but I can’t tell you how many times I just became aware that my eyes were open and now I am awake.

    Last night I had a very vivid and intense dream. I woke up again hitting my friend but this time my eyes were open and I was awake and didn’t realize what was going on until about the 3rd time I hit him. He woke up very drowsy and asked me what’s wrong because I had touched him to say I’m sorry This time I didn’t hurt him. Thank goodness. I told him I was scared but now that he was here I was saved and hugged him I proceeded to tell him my dream and he just hugged me and we went back to sleep. I proceeded to dream about my home back in America and my family was inside and I was outside there was a spider web on the door and I couldn’t get in because there was a huge black and white spider under the nob.

    In my dreams even if I can’t remember them which one of them I can’t I know I must of had about 3 last night because I woke up in pain. In my dream I can actually feel pain, coolness, water touching my skin. I can feel death. It’s very scary and the doctors have never been able to tell me what causes them, but I’m starting to think that the reason I stopped having them as often is because I smoke pounds of herb through out a duration of my life.

    I’ve had these types of dreams since I was born, my brother too, but he grew out of his, but I never did. Once I had probably the most terrifying dream I can remember I went to the hospital because of it they ran test’s but the only thing the doctor could say is that it wasn’t a seizure because I was awake and that it had nothing to do with my Brain Cyst. He said I just had a very bad sleep disorder, but wouldn’t tell me anything more. I woke up out of sleep and I couldn’t move, I couldn’t breath, Only my eyes could shift and look around, it started at my feet they started to tingle than my fingers and it progressed up my body it was very hot the further it went up and when it reached my chest it started again. It started at my feet and I started to shake uncontrollably I couldn’t stop It and it moved up my body to my head when I stopped my body was up on the bed and my head almost dangling of the head board. My heart raced and I tried to catch my breath and I went into fetal position and looked around my roommate who I shared a room with in the Dorm was still asleep so I called my boyfriend I was very afraid that I had, had a seizure and my doctor next to the college told me to go to the bigger hospital about 30 minutes from us.

    Once I was asleep at my bf’s grandma’s house and I woke up again I couldn’t move there was a pressure on my chest I tried so hard to get my bf’s attention I could only muster my right arm to beat up and down on the bed trying to wake my boyfriend and I couldn’t move it much so I did what little I could but then there was a white light I saw on the dresser a jar with water light up. I checked it the following morning and all it was, was just a jar with clear water in it. It had religious statues all around it. Once I the pressure eventually lifted and I could move again but I was shaking with tears running down my face. I quickly nuzzled into my bf next to me. He had no idea what had happened. I’m not religious or anything, however I do believe in spirits. So if you try to reply to this don’t talk about god because it’s nothing but a legend to me. I know all about it because I was raised Jehovah’s Witness so don’t try to change my mind. Just help me maybe understand these strange dreams.

    As a side note however. They often occurred around my boyfriend who is now my friend because he was straight edge and did not like me smoking or what ever around him so I was always clean around him. And when I’m clean it happens.

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