Medical Marijuana For Insomnia
Do you struggle with getting a good night’s sleep? It’s estimated that approximately 40% of Canada’s population is living with a sleep disorder.
What Is Insomnia?
We’ve all experienced acute insomnia. Have you ever not been able to sleep a day before an important exam, or maybe the night before your wedding day, but then we able to sleep perfectly fine once those events passed? Chronic insomnia is quite a bit different. Typically it occurs three nights a week and could last a couple of months at a time.
Symptoms include not being able to get or stay asleep and feeling fatigued throughout the day. This can negatively affect plans you’ve made with friends or family, and even affect your school or work performance/tasks and risk of accident, particularly when you’re driving, can drastically increase.
What Causes Insomnia?
There are a number of factors that contribute to insomnia. This can include things like:
- A traumatic/stressful event
- A change in your work schedule
- Caffeine (sorry coffee drinkers!)
- Eating too much
- Smoking cigarettes
- Certain medications
- Other health or medical issues (arthritis, chronic pain, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, etc.)
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The Link Between Medical Marijuana & Insomnia
More studies have slowly gone underway to link the positive impact medical marijuana can have on people with sleeping disorders, particularly since it became legalized in Canada. There was a study done on 450 patients with sleep disorders (not just insomnia), and 32% of the patients reported a 50% improvement in their sleeping patterns after starting their medical marijuana treatment.
Though more research is needed, there are definitely links between cannabis oil and how it reacts with our levels of serotonin (low levels can cause depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorders). It could prove to be a better method to falling asleep at night than regular prescription sleeping pills, which often have poor side effects like constipation, dizziness, headaches, heartburn, stomach pain, weird dreams, weakness, and more.
How Medical Marijuana Can Relieve Other Symptoms
Again, insomnia can be caused by a number of factors, but when you use medical marijuana, not only will it help you sleep, but it can help relieve other symptoms that potentially cause your insomnia including things like relaxing your muscles, having bad dreams/hallucinating, decreasing levels of stress/anxiety, and helping relieve pain associated with arthritis or back pain. It can also help with feeling more alert/less fatigued throughout the day so you can gain control of your work tasks again.