One of my friends has been trying to find an alternative to cannabis
as a night time relaxant, due to having problems with cannabis after-effects the next day (e.g. brain fog, anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts, unsociability). He has ruled out synthetic cannabinoids
(JWH-xxx and similar) due to experiencing similar problems with them, and he does not want to use alcohol
or benzodiazepines due to previous issues with them. He has thought of various other options but would also like to get the opinions of people here.
My mate just wants something relaxing to help him stop using cannabis/cannabinoids at night really. He has tried just not using anything at all at night, but has not managed to remain substance free for long periods and keeps on relapsing to cannabis use. Even a mild relaxant or high effect, maybe from something natural/herbal, could help him, if someone can suggest something that is not just a placebo or ultra-mild substance. He has been a bit disappointed with herbal substances, but this may be due to mainly just trying low-potency pills and capsules available in health food stores.
By the way, he has tried numerous antidepressants
and also therapy in the past, with no real success. He does not have a severe mental illness, just average-level anxiety and depression and a very strong, long-standing habit of relying on something in the evenings to feel calm and to wind down at the end of the day.
Any experiences or opinions would be most welcome...unfortunately kava
are both strongly illegal where he lives, so he cannot benefit from these.