Insomnia or sleeplessness is one of the most common problems currently being faced by millions of people in the world. A study says that one-third of all adults suffer from insomnia at a certain point in their life. Some people find difficult to fall asleep, some find difficult to stay asleep while some face both the problems. And we all know that inadequate sleep can ruin the whole day and if this cycle continued further it can have adverse effects on the social and professional life of an individual.
A person normally needs seven to eight hours of sleep to stay healthy but people who suffer from insomnia get very less sleep than they need. People underestimate the importance of sleeping regularly. They don’t know that sleep deprivation increases the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Some people find relief in medication but it is also seen that pharmaceutical sleeping aids do not prove to be very effective for a person every time. In reverse, they have different side effects and in most of the cases, continuous consumption of medicine leads to physical dependency which sometimes can pose a risk of overdose.
How is Marijuana Effective for Insomnia?
People who are regular patients of medical marijuana say that a good sleep is one of the biggest and most wonderful benefits of it. A lot of people experience insomnia not mentally but also because of any severe pain in their body. In cases like these, it can be an effective option. Many patients have also stated that if compared with other sleeping aids, marijuana works way better. It is not addictive and has very less side effects.
Research on marijuana is restricted because of federal regulations. But different studies that have been conducted say that marijuana is one of the best option available for improving sleep. Treatment of moderate insomnia is quite different from that of chronic insomnia. Use of medical marijuana let the person fall asleep quicker in both the cases.
Continuing the cannabis treatment lets a person take complete sleep throughout their sleep cycle also helping them quickly fall asleep if he or she wakes up in between the sleep cycle. Ultimately the sleep time increases and the person feels more clear-headed when he wakes up.
However, the consumption quantity of medical marijuana so that a person could achieve a restful sleep depends on the severity of the disorder. Marijuana increases the time of regenerative sleep cycle of the person and the dreaming time decreases. Studies say that people who consume cannabis on a regular basis do not remember what they were dreaming because they were not really dreaming. This is just a side effect of using cannabis. One can dream more intensively which can last for a couple of days. But this is quite small as compared to the side effects caused by other sleeping aids.
Different medications apart from marijuana that are used for the treatment of insomnia can cause amnesia, sleepwalking, depression, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts in some cases. Apart from the side effects, there is a high chance of a person becoming addicted to a certain medicine. A deep sleep is the only side effect of medical marijuana which is way better for insomnia patients as compared to other alternates.
People get affected in different ways from different strains of marijuana and also how it is administered. The amount of THC produced by a plant decides its effectiveness for different issues. One strain of marijuana gives a physically relaxed effect while a higher dose is thought to be effective for the brain.
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) can be administered in different ways like-vaporizing, ointment and also in edible form in different degrees for different people. Like vaporized cannabis affects quickly and ingesting marijuana provides a longer relief. In a nutshell, experimenting with the ways of having marijuana can give an individual the most effective way to reap the benefits.
Some researchers also say that cannabis contributes to insomnia and they should go with therapies and have changes in lifestyle to overcome the condition but there has not been any conclusive proof of cannabis contributing directly to insomnia.