Insomnia and Medical Marijuana

Photo: Whaxy

Photo: Whaxy

Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Those who toss and turn restlessly night after night may suffer from a condition called insomnia. Insomnia can be a condition all on its own (primary insomnia), or it can caused by other conditions or ailments (secondary insomnia). While the condition may come and go, it is significant because it can affect people of all ages and it is estimated that 10-30% of people suffer from insomnia at some point in their lives. Whaxy stresses the importance of getting a good night's rest in an article about medical marijuana and insomnia, saying "because sleep is so critical to a healthy body - especially for those suffering from a severe or terminal condition - lack of good rest can exacerbate one's condition or simply prevent improvement."

Currently, there are a variety of pharmaceutical drugs available to those who suffer from insomnia, but those medications can have unwanted side effects. Cannabis could potentially be considered as an alternate therapy because it is not habit forming and it doesn't exhibit negative side effects. Few studies exist in the U.S. on the efficacy of cannabis for insomnia, but one study from the UK found that 20 mg THC was able to reduce the time required to fall asleep by more than an hour in patients suffering from sleep deprivation. Another study found that 160 mg of CBD helped patients gain significantly more sleep.

For more information on the use of medical marijuana for treating insomnia, and for suggestions on strains that may work better than others, read this article by Whaxy: http://bit.ly/1JKZqK5