Insomnia And Medical Marijuana: How Cannabis Can Help with Insomnia (Poor Sleep)

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Medical marijuana has been used in treating various deadly diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, arthritis, depression and so on whereby the drug provides pain relief. Well apart from the listed ailments, marijuana has also been recognized in treating insomnia.


Types of insomnia.

Insomnia is classified into two categories, i.e., primary and secondary insomnia. Primary insomnia means that the condition occurs on it’s on hence does not relate to other conditions. Secondary insomnia occurs as a result of various conditions such as arthritis, back pain, cancer, HIV / AIDS, depression, chronic pain, fatigue or anxiety.

The study shows that around 10 to 30 percent of people are affected by this ailment, and 10 percent suffer from chronic and severe sleep deprivation. Also, insomnia is known to affect people of all ages with millions of American reported to suffer from this condition.


Indica benefit

Indica is the component that is useful in giving a person good sleep especially the people suffering from chronic pain, anxiety or PTSD.

Medical marijuana in US

Marijuana has been in existence for quite an extended period where it is used in treating different diseases. The drug was prescribed for the first time in the 20th century in the US as the federal –level prohibited it in the year 1934. Marijuana was introduced by Doctor William o’Shaugnessy in the 19th century whereby he recommended it to be prescribed to the people who suffer from insomnia as he had learned from India.

Although many times insomnia is not taken too seriously whereby people consider it as a small condition since it does not cause any pain, if not treated the condition may result in other several diseases related to chronic pain and stress. Sleep is very crucial especially for people suffering from critical or terminal ailments, and therefore lack of sleep can worsen the condition or even prevent it from improving.


Why is medical marijuana better than other pharmaceuticals?

Prescribed pharmaceutical drugs especially when consumed occasionally or on a daily basis can result in severe side effects. Some of these drugs that are consumed to treat insomnia include the Ambien, Rozerem, or Lunesta. The reason as to why medical marijuana is recommended over other drugs is the fact that marijuana does not cause any addiction, depression, blurred vision or any other side effects brought about by consuming other prescribed drugs. Hence, making it a safe remedy for treating insomnia.


Insomnia and medical marijuana

Some drugs such as Xanax and Valium which are used for treating insomnia are less efficient to some patients, and around 8 percent of people taking this prescription for treating insomnia usually become addicted to the drugs such that they stop being useful in treating this condition. On the other hand, cannabis is not associated with either of the effects and therefore it is safe to use in treating insomnia.

Indica strains usually used for inducing and enhancing sleep also have significant effects on the people who wish to lose weight or prevent stomach ache. Although it is advisable that you consult a certified pharmacist so as to obtain the right hybrid strains with the correct amount with terpene myrcene you can also be able to measure right indica.


What is a Myrcene?

Myrcene is the terpene useful in determining if a given strain is Indica or Sativa as it has the same effect as junior level cannabinoids. Indica strains are known to be highly popular, and familiar as its species yield faster and at a high level per plant. Therefore for those suffering from insomnia, this is an excellent remedy as indica-Dom and full-on- indica are known to be more common as compared to Sativa dom and full- Sativa species.

Various studies have been performed so as to test the effect of cannabis in treating insomnia and any other sleeping disorders. No conclusion has been made, and this shows that more scientists are going to continue researching on this matter especially in other countries such as Canada, Mexico, Spain and Israel.

According to a study conducted in the year 1973 in the USA and published in the journal, psychopharmacology showed that when THC is administered to a patient in a dosage of 20 mg, the patient was able to gain more sleep as compared to a placebo.

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Another study conducted in the year 1986 by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental therapeutical. The case was published in the pharmacological review and showed that if THC is administered at a dosage of 10, 20 or 30 mg, it can effectively help people suffering from sleep deprivations.

McGill University in Montreal conducted another study on a human in the year 2010 about the effect of cannabinoids and how it improves their sleep especially for the people suffering from sleep problems. The results were later published in the journal Anesthesia, and Analgesia showed that nabilone is quite useful in improving the sleeping patterns for the people suffering from fibromyalgia.


Poor Sleep conditions and cannabinoids.

Almost 40 percent of people suffering from insomnia get the status as a result of other psychological ailments such as anxiety, stress or depression. Well, cannabis has been highly recommended for the patients suffering from the conditions, as it is capable of treating the condition and in return improve their sleep.



Insomnia and medical marijuana Treatments Overall

Most people believe that the cannabinoids THC found in the cannabis is responsible for causing the full results got from the plant. Although cannabinoids THC have been recommended for treating insomnia, or other sleep-related issues, study shows that CBN is more efficient in treating these conditions as compared to cannabinoids.

Other researchers have concluded that endocannabinoid deficiency can lead to the development of various diseases which are related to insomnia and therefore the patients who are prescribed with phytocannabinoids got from marijuana can gain great relief. The study also shows that regular consumption of cannabis can help reduce nightmares. The use of marijuana can also be used to treat patients with severe trauma or anxiety which results to them having nightmares and insomnia.



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