Sleep is an essential part of our health, factors such as quality and duration of sleep are vital for the proper functioning of the human body. Unhealthy sleep timing and unbalanced sleep have been associated with an increased risk of depression and cardiovascular diseases. Insomnia and sleep disorders remain a significant burden to society despite all the medical advances in pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. So what can you do?
Medical marijuana is well known for helping those with insomnia get the sleep they need! Let’s find out how medical marijuana can help you and others in Texas get to sleep.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help Sleep?
Cannabis has different active compounds, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). For people that are new to using cannabis, or taking higher doses, the THC compound can have a stimulating effect on them, contrary to its typical sedative effect. While on the other hand, CBD is excellent for supporting the balance or homeostasis of the endocannabinoid system. CBD appears to promote alertness at lower doses and sleepiness at higher doses. While these compounds are useful on their own in terms of aiding sleep, and when combined, it’s a snooze fest! It is important for individuals to speak with a dispensary to find the optimal balanced dose that works for them.
Trust The Research
The research posted in Canadian Pharmacist Journal, written by Vaillancourt R. reported that 38 patients had improvements in their sleep schedule, and had a reduction in prescription medicine for those sleep disorders. Other research stated that among people who use medical cannabis, 85% said that it improves their sleep, and relieves insomnia occasionally. (1)
For patients suffering from chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis, or another qualifying disorder, the use of cannabis might be helpful for falling asleep faster, waking up less during the night, counteracting the groggy effects of THC the next morning, and overall having a better quality sleep.
Get Your Prescription Today
If you or any of your loved ones suffer from insomnia or other mental ailments such as PTSD, dementia, autism, anxiety, or stress, you may be a good candidate and may qualify for a medical marijuana prescription. Dr. B’s Compassionate Care can guide you through all requirements needed to get your medical marijuana prescription in Texas.
- Vaillancourt, R., Gallagher, S., Cameron, J. D., & Dhalla, R. (2022). Cannabis use in patients with insomnia and sleep disorders: A retrospective chart review. Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, 155(3), 175-180. https://doi.org/10.1177/17151635221089617