Is something keeping you up at night? If so, you’re not alone. Many North American adults will suffer from sleep disturbance at some point in their lives. In fact, the United States Centers for Disease Control declared sleeplessness one of the greatest health challenges facing the American population right now. It’s unsurprising Canadians have a similar outlook.
If you’re one of the many who suffer from insomnia or disturbed sleep, there’s hope yet. Medical cannabis could be the answer you’re looking for.
How Cannabis Might Be Able to Help
Chances are you’ve encountered the stereotypical “stoner” character on a number of TV shows or in movies. These characters are often slow-speaking and often appear dazed and confused. They may be depicted yawning or drowsing, or they may just fall asleep.
There’s some truth to the stereotype. Indica strains of cannabis are the most common and they’re associated with these stereotypical traits. Many people who use cannabis to treat medical conditions report that they prefer indica-dominant strains as “nightcaps,” precisely because they claim these strains are perfect for putting them to sleep.
Like almost all medical cannabis strains, indica strains claim to promote relaxation. In doing so, they may also promote drowsiness and a sense of sleepiness. Most people find indica strains will put them to sleep or, at least, make them tired.
Is It Safe?
You may wonder just how safe it is to treat insomnia with cannabis. Reports suggest it’s quite safe. While you don’t want to use a sleep-inducing indica strain when you need to drive somewhere or operate heavy machinery, it might be a great choice when you’re ready for a good night’s sleep.
Compared to other medications commonly used to induce sleep, including opioids, sleeping pills, and even alcohol, cannabis is considered to be less addictive. Reports suggest you’re unlikely to develop a physical dependence on cannabis. You’ll still be able to fall asleep without it, unlike the risk you run with sleeping pills or opioids.
According to studies, medical cannabis also has no risk of overdose. The current opioid crisis speaks to just how dangerous opioid medications can be. Similarly, while over-the-counter sleeping pills are unlikely to cause death by overdose, there is still a risk. Powerful prescription sleep aids, such as Ambien, can cause death. Actor Heath Ledger overdosed on this sleeping pill.
Alcohol can cause drowsiness and induce sleep, but it also has dangers. Like sleeping pills and opioids, it tends to be addictive. You can also overdose on it, leading to alcohol poisoning and sometimes even death.
A Better Choice
Given that it’s considered less addictive and carries a much lower risk of overdose, medical cannabis is the better choice. Don’t self-medicate with over-the-counter pills or alcohol. Similarly, if your medical practitioner wants to prescribe opioids or powerful sleeping pills, ask about an authorization for medical cannabis instead.
Medical cannabis treatment can be customized to fit your needs. Some people report needing only a low dose to help them drift off. Some people respond to certain strains better than others. A qualified medical professional can help you determine the details of a treatment plan made especially for you.
The best advice for patients seeking cannabis for the treatment of any condition is to start low and go slow. You may need to experiment with several different strains before you find the one that works for you.
What Are You Waiting For?
Why not start getting better sleep as soon as possible? Talk to someone today about a customized treatment plan that includes medical cannabis. You’ll feel better with a good night’s sleep, and medical cannabis can help you get there.