Can Cannabis help you Lucid Dream?
Most people find that using cannabis before bed makes them dream less.
Our most vivid dreams occur in REM-sleep, which is the phase of sleep that happens right as you’re falling asleep and right as you’re waking up. THC, the active ingredient in recreational cannabis, reduces the length of the REM-sleep cycle, resulting in less dream time.
Depending on your preferences, this can be good or bad.
The good: Dreams give you a chance to sort out your subconscious and travel through imaginary worlds. They can be informative, fun, even confusing or terrifying. In most dreams, the dreamer does not have self-awareness or agency. The dream appears to unfold like a story and is generally chaotic and unpredictable. But most people find that if they practice remembering their dreams and then read into the, they learn a lot about themselves.
The bad: Dreams may be useful, but they are not very peaceful. Deep, dreamless sleep is the high point of yogi life. Some ancient sects of India consumed cannabis before bed specifically to help them sleep without dreaming. In the words of Mitch Hedberg, “I hate dreaming because I just wanna sleep. I’m fast asleep, and next thing you know, I have to build a go-kart with my ex-landlord.”
The middle ground: Is there a way to dream in a way that’s useful and peaceful? Yes. It’s called lucid dreaming. And cannabis use can help with that.
How to lucid dream
Lucid dreaming is easy. A lot of people don’t really know about it or they have trouble doing it because they believe it to be hard. In essence, it’s similar to day-dreaming. It’s just using your imagination when it is at its peak.
Think about what a dream is: a dream is your imagination running wild. The reason dreams are so vivid is because you have nothing else distracting you. You are sleeping, probably fasting, and you have nothing to worry about until morning.
Lucid dreaming just means being aware of all this while it is happening. Once you’re aware of the dream, you can exercise agency within it. (you can choose what you want to dream about)
Lucid dreaming routine:
- Do your homework. There are about a million guides on the internet. Just google “lucid dreaming tips.”
- Commit to having a lucid dream.
- Don’t eat for at least three hours before bed.
- Lay in bed on your back.
- Meditate for 30 minutes. (control your breath while tapping your fingers)
- Imagine something.
- When you start dreaming, know that you are dreaming.
- How do I know when I am dreaming? One trick is to plug your nose with your fingers and try to breathe. If you still can, you are dreaming. You can also try to put your finger through your palm. These are classic tricks.
- Some people have the opposite problem. They notice that they are dreaming too easily, then the illusion shatters and they wake up. I am this type of person. I have found that what works best is not to cling to the dream if you feel yourself waking up. Let yourself wake up and then lay in bed with closed eyes, tapping your finger. Don’t feel emotions or get frustrated. Just lay there, imagining. You should go back into the dream shortly and then you can move around and be free inside of it.
How cannabis helps
The trick to really easy lucid dreaming is to have cannabis three hours before bedtime. This gives your mind and body enough time to reach equilibrium before bedtime. Your anxiety will be gone and you’ll feel very focused if you spend those three hours doing something artistic or athletic: whatever concrete mode you need to work through to release energy. Then once you’ve come down and are feeling peaceful, lay down and start your lucid dreaming routine.
Let us know how it goes!