I get letters: cannabis stifles my dreaming

I often get letters from folks sharing their experiences and asking questions. This correspondence can offer spectacular insights and musings that answer questions that many others have on their mind. So I’m sharing this one with you today…

Hi Becca,

I worked a short while with you many years ago in a few group online sessions mixing cannabis with meditation.

I have a very specific question that you may have experience with in your practice with cannabis. After taking cannabis edibles I find the recall of my dream work is very severely limited and takes a few days to recover. This occurs even at quite low dosages of 10mg and is not strain specific.

There seems to be a tradeoff between cannabis opening up the nonphysical in a very immediate and productive way that is then followed by severely limited night time dream recall for a day or two afterward.

Are you aware of anyone else having this relationship with cannabis? I have restricted my use of cannabis to only those times I need the assist getting into the higher frequencies for answering specific questions I have from higher realms – so as not to shut down my dream yoga recall in the night.

Any insight about this would be greatly appreciated.”

–Joe

Yes, this is a common remark (complaint?) among those who experience cannabis. But as so often is the case, this is an understudied subject because of the continued federal restrictions on cannabis in the U.S. (and the illegality of it in most of the rest of the world).

But, at any rate, it is important to note that the lack of dreams or the recall of them following cannabis use does not appear to be a health concern. We do know that cannabis for a lot of people is a very effective sleep aide – and getting enough sleep is vital to living a healthy, balanced life. Of course, Joe, you’re not using it as a sleep aide – you’re using cannabis for spiritual development, which is a beautiful thing. But regardless of the reason we’re working with cannabis, in the end it can still affect our ability to dream and remember our dreams. 

Sleep experts report the reason this happens is that cannabis suppresses REM sleep – the sleep stage where we have most of our dreams. What does tend to happen though is that once we stop with cannabis, the dreams return and many experience them more vividly than ever. Unfortunately, this is not something you report happening. 

We’re all so different – ‘biochemical individuality‘ as it’s called – and so not everyone experiences either the dream suppression when taking cannabis or the full-on intense dreaming once one stops it. Some people don’t notice any change on or off cannabis while others find themselves in a dream drought when they’re medicating and working with the plant medicine.

But for those who like both their cannabis and having their dreams, like you, it’s a double-edged sword. In a perfect world where cannabis is federally legal and research is free-flowing, I’m confident we’d eventually have answers on what combinations (e.g. THC and CBD) or dosages are best for enhancing or hindering dreams or what impact edibles versus smoking has on our dream life.

But if I were you, Joe, and reaping the rich rewards that cannabis offers in connecting with your higher consciousness during meditation, I’d suffer the downside of losing my dreams for a day or two. 

With Love,

Becca

P.S. What’s been your experience? Drop down to the comments section and let me know! 

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