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[VIDEO] Can Medical Cannabis be effective for sleep apnea, insomnia and other sleep disturbances?
Is Your Lack of Sleep Impacting Your Daily Performance?
You might have heard of medical cannabis and its association to sleep, but we want you to hear real data and research from a doctor with experience. In this video with Dr. Rachna Patel, who is based out of California, she reads a personal letter from Bill regarding his sleep disturbances and discusses her findings with patients she's treated with medical cannabis. What did she find? Watch below to learn.
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Is Cannabis A Quality Sleep Aid?
Many people are not comfortable taking traditional, pharmaceutical "sleeping pills" that you would get from your pharmacy. If you're opting to skip your Lunesta, Sonata, Ambien, or Halcion, there are a variety of other options for sleep aids that include herbal and natural remedies such as melatonin.
However, some researchers and medical experts have begun to consider whether cannabis could possibly be used as a natural form of a plant-derived sleep aid? Cannabis is known to help with many other medical needs such as seizures and pain management, so people want to know if it might help them sleep better at night as well.
Does Cannabis Help Solve Sleep Issues?
According to Psychology Today, many people have long used cannabis-derived products to help them with conditions such as insomnia, poor sleep, or even to get a better quality of sleep than they previously were getting.
Canada has legalized Cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes, and many U.S. states have legalized or are in the process of legalizing Cannabis. So, as medical cannabis becomes acceptable in our society, the real question is continuing to be pressed: Does cannabis actually help improve sleep?
Cannabis may help solve some sleep issues for some people considering that cannabis is known to be able to help people relax and be in a calm (sometimes euphoric) state. This calm and relaxed feeling can help return a person to a calmer state which may help increase their quality of sleep.
Focus On CBD Not THC:
The key to finding a cannabis product that may assist someone as a sleep aid is to help is finding a strain that is higher in CBD and lower in THC.
CBD is the relaxing chemical in the cannabis product that will allow people to chill out and feel calmer and more relaxed.
THC however is a chemical that will give someone that infamous "buzz" that is known to come with smoking cannabis.
Some CBD-heavy strains may be helpful to people who are looking for a relaxant to help them fall asleep or to treat conditions such as insomnia.
On the other hand, THC-heavy strains of cannabis that cause "buzzes" and "euphoria" are less likely to be helpful to someone as a sleep aid. Many people will find that they are not able to relax and sleep when they are buzzed as they can when they are relaxed and made calmer so they can restore their body's natural state of rest to help them fall asleep.
Certain Strains Help More Than Others:
There are certain strains of cannabis as discussed above that will help more with aiding sleep than others. One strain that has often been used to help people sleep since a 2006 study proved it somewhat effective for many people is the Indica strain.
On the other hand, it is recommended that people avoid strains such as the Sativa strains as they are known for inducing more of a buzz and may make many people feel more hyper and energized feeling rather than relaxed and sedated.
Dr. Kymron deCesare of Steep Hill Labs also cites that many people have more success with using aged cannabis as a sleep aid. The reason for this is that over time the THC in the cannabis wears off and reduces the "buzz" someone gets from taking the cannabis.
What Is The Future Of Cannabis As A Sleep Aid?
While many people have said that CBD-heavy strains of cannabis have aided them as a sleep aid, the studies are still not out to prove that this is true for everyone. Moreover, until more universities are permitted by the National Institute of Drug Abuse to grow marijuana for research purposes (the University of Mississippi is the only one currently allowed to do so) the progress in studying cannabis for uses such as sleep aids will be slow going.
Moreover, many experts fear that using cannabis as a sleep aid for a long period of time might result in some level of "dependency" on the substance to help them sleep. This is similar to the effect people who consistently drink alcohol experience and in the future it may take more and more cannabis to have the same effect as a smaller dose did before.
In the end, there needs to be a lot more studies done on medical marijuana to determine if it's a long-term solution for a sleep aid. While research is slow-going (hopefully this will change with legalization), early research shows that CBD-heavy strains of cannabis may be more helpful for some people than others, but the promise exists to think that one day cannabis may be a solution to sleep problems (especially temporary issues).
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