How do I get a medical marijuana prescription for Insomnia?
If you are one of the millions of people that are tired of tossing and turning at night and are curious about how to get medical marijuana for insomnia, look no further than Cannabis Clinics across Canada. First, speak to your doctor about your history with insomnia and request a referral to Canadian Cannabis Clinics. If a referral is not possible, contact us for further information. After receiving your medical history and treatment from your doctor, we will contact you to schedule an appointment for a doctor’s examination and consultation. If medical marijuana is suitable to treat your symptoms, a prescription will be filled and our on-site educator will advise you on cannabis use and assist you with any related inquiries. Regular appointments and follow-ups are arranged to track your progress, and cannabis will be prescribed as needed – most often every three months.
Getting a good night’s rest isn’t always easy, especially if you suffer from insomnia. Counting sheep only to toss and turn throughout the night leaves you in a restless state of agony and wondering what other natural sleep aids there are to help you snooze. In this case, research has shown that medical marijuana tends to induce heavier sleepy effects allowing for a better night’s rest, and can aid sleep without the risks commonly associated with prescription sleep aids – such as addiction, anxiety, depression, blurred vision, extreme fatigue and other side effects.
Determining how to get medical marijuana for insomnia isn’t difficult with the right doctors. We’ll work with your unique needs to determine the right strain and dosage to help you sleep through the night.
How can medical marijuana help treat Insomnia?
Medical marijuana consists of two separate compounds known as phytocannabinoidtetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive compound in cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD), another major component of the plant.THC has also been shown to decrease the number of awakenings throughout the night. When THC degrades over time, it converts to a sedating chemical known as cannabinol, or CBN. This cannabis compound is five times more sedating than THC, and can be used in the form of cannabis-infused edibles or inhalation methods.
It’s also worth noting that edibles take longer to kick in than inhalation methods, but their effects can last several more hours and help you stay asleep much longer. Inhaled cannabis – preferably smoke-free vapor – generally provides an instantaneous effect and lasts for about three to four hours, whereas ingested cannabis can take up to an hour to work, but lasts for up to six to eight hours. Therefore, an edible cannabis product, taken approximately an hour before bedtime, can work extremely well to help get a full night’s sleep. A December 1973 study suggested “THC was found to significantly decrease the time it takes to fall asleep in physically healthy insomniacs. Once asleep, interruptions of sleep were not significantly altered over the whole night. The THC tended to be associated with some decrease in awakenings in the first half of the night.”
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia may be caused by unhealthy sleep habits, certain substances, specific biological factors and psychiatric and medical conditions. Also known as sleeplessness, insomnia is a sleep disorder where one has trouble sleeping, typically followed by daytime sleepiness, low energy levels, irritability or a depressed mood. It can be short term, lasting for days or weeks, or long term, lasting more than a month.