Medical Cannabis for Insomnia
What is Insomnia?
It’s been said that one in every four Canadians suffer from insomnia, making it one of the most common sleeping disorders out there. But what causes insomnia, and more importantly, what options do insomnia sufferers have?
As far as causes go, the usual culprits like stress and anxiety are to blame in most cases. In some less common causes, depression, pain and even certain medication could be causing you to lose countless hours of sleep. Insomnia leaves us feeling like we have to face each new day with fatigue, low energy and generalized anxiety.
Although it might have more than one route cause, a medical cure for insomnia doesn’t seem that apparent with some patients feeling like they’ve tried just about everything out there to help them get a decent night’s sleep.
Medical cannabis might offer hope to individuals with sleep problems and insomnia that are searching for treatments outside of traditional prescription medication. Research has indicated that medical cannabis might be beneficial for the treatment of sleep disorders like insomnia.
Medical Cannabis and Insomnia
Cannabis is known to induce a state of relaxation and drowsiness which might induce sleep. This is why some medical professionals have been considering the use of medical cannabis for insomnia. You might be familiar with the stereotypes about cannabis users appearing “sleepy” or “drowsy”, and the idea might actually hold some truth. That’s because some strains of cannabis are more calming and sedative than others.
Cannabis contains two main cannabinoids: CBD and THC. Cannabidiol (CBD) is non-psychoactive and non-sedative. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, and also the one responsible for inducing sleep.
The use of medical cannabis for insomnia was studied in 2008 where it was found that cannabis strains with higher THC levels reduces REM sleep and increases time spent in a deep sleep state, which is the most restorative, restful part of the sleep cycle.
How Can Medical Cannabis Help Treat Insomnia?
Medical cannabis oil for insomnia with a higher THC content might help you fall asleep quicker and also promote a deep sleep state. When THC degrades over time, it converts into cannabinol (CBN), a compound that is much more sedating than THC.
There are indications that when used with THC, CBN might promote better sleep and prolong sleep time. Research also indicates that medical cannabis for insomnia might help sleep-deprived individuals stay asleep without waking up too many times during the night.
How to Get Medical Cannabis for Insomnia
Whether your sleep problems are mild or you’re suffering from full-blown insomnia, Canadian Cannabis Clinics can help you plan and navigate your journey towards Better Days (and nights!).
Our clinics all specialize in assisting patients with finding the best possible medical cannabis treatment plans. For patients that prefer a consultation from the comfort of their own home, we have a virtual appointment service. Virtual appointments are conducted through a secure and private video call with a healthcare practitioner and medical cannabis educator.
Appointment is online through a secure and private video call.
Appointment is in one of our clinics across Canada.