Marijuana Policy Project

You Are Getting Sleepy: The Truth About Tryptophan

Gooble, gooble - hey!

The sleepiness that follows Thanksgiving dinner rich in tryptophan has little to do with the turkey meal. New evidence shows that it's the joint, bong, dab or vape hit that has revelers nodding out.

"Blame the chronic," says one expert. "Most stoners like to toke after they eat. Turkey and weed will turn you into a couch potato."

Tryptophan is in a lot of food, not just turkey. For instance, soybeans. So Tofurkey eaters can experience the same drowsiness, especially if they have an after-dinner puff.

If you really want to give thanks on this holiday, look no further than the cannabis plant, which provides so much joy and inspiration, and many hours of blessed sleep.

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.