Treating insomnia with cannabis

Sleep disorders are a problem for as many as 70 million Americans every year.

  • Anywhere from 33% and 50% of the adult population suffers from symptoms of insomnia.

Anxiety, stress, caffeine, alcohol consumption, an uncomfortable bed, temperature, disruptive noises, menopause and mental health issues such as depression and schizophrenia are a few of the many possible causes of disrupted sleep. While there are synthetic sleeping pills available, they typically cause harmful and long-term side-effects. These prescription drugs can even be blamed for problems with balance, dizziness, diarrhea and constipation. There’s the risk of dry mouth, headaches, nausea, severe allergic reaction and drowsiness. It can be dangerous to drive or operate any heavy machinery the following morning. More and more people are turning to alternative treatments. Plant-based medicine eliminates the many drawbacks while providing effective relief. Studies are steadily indicating that cannabis can help fall asleep faster, wake up less often during the night and stay asleep longer. Natural cannabinoids found in the plant have shown to ease stress, anxiety and pain. Indica strains in particular are associated with relaxation and drowsiness. They tend to be high in CBD content without sacrificing THC potency. There are a diversity of consumption methods that are beneficial for those dealing with sleep difficulties. Vapes, tinctures and smoking joints, blunts or pipes provide quick onset of effects. However, the effects are fairly short-lived. They can be helpful for those who struggle simply to wind down and fall asleep. Tinctures can be added to foods and drinks and consumed like an edible. Cannabis edibles are any food or beverage infused with cannabinoids. Due to their popularity, dispensaries typically carry a wide variety, including chocolates, brownies, gummies, cookies and tonics. There are even capsules for easy dosing. The benefit of edibles is that they provide especially lasting effects. Because the cannabinoids are absorbed by way of the digestive tract, however, the effects take a while to set in.


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