Insomnia & Medical Marijuana

Insomnia is a condition where it is difficult to fall or stay asleep. Often Insomnia is a transient condition caused by stress or a temporary change in daily schedule.  About 10–15% of Americans report that getting a good night's sleep is a big issue. 


"With insomnia, you're never really asleep and you're never really awake"

-- Fight Club Narrator, whose members were never seen smoking pot

Medical Marijuana, an Age Old Cure for Insomnia

Rather than take mind numbing pharmaceutical drugs, there are many natural remedies for sleeping disorders.  Medical Marijuana has been prescribed in sleeping disorders for centuries. Cannabis and its derivatives are now commonly indicated by physicians for most of the symptoms and conditions that are associated with Insomnia.


“I think insomnia is a sign that a person is interesting.”

-- Avery Sawyer, Notes to Self

Treating Insomnia by Addressing the Root Problem

Insomnia is caused by pain, exhaustion, mineral deficiency, dietary issues, sugar and drug abuse use, stress, and excessive stimulation before bedtime.  Abnormalities in testosterone and estrogen can disrupt normal sleeping patterns which expedite "misadventures" that play a part in the creation of stress that triggers insomnia.

Eliminating imbalances in lifestyle will likely improve sleep for everyone. For example, natural, fresh foods can reduce symptoms as opposed to fast and processed foods that disturb the metabolism.  Stimulants like coffee, sugar, MSG, white wine, simple carbs tend to make insomnia worse.  Stimulating activities like exercise can taken earlier in the day.  Subtle things, like watching a relaxing national geographic film at bedtime is preferable to an action movie that bets the blood pumping.  Nuisances, like bad relationships, annoying employers, a crappy car, all contribute to stress, all of which contribute to a bad night's sleep.

Marijuana is Tailor Made for Sleeping Disorders

Medical Marijuana has been used for centuries for many neurological disorders.  Cannabinoids, the active ingredients of Cannabis mimic body chemicals that control the activity of receptors that intertwine with body control systems and brain functions. 

It is important news that new non-psychedelic Cannabis strains and products, afford relief in those that do not like the psychoactive effects of THC that is abundant in most popular Marijuana strains.  More than 100 peer reviewed research studies find that Medical Cannabis can mitigate the following causes of Insomnia.

  • Imbalance in brain chemistry
  • Pain
  • Anorexia and Eating Disorders
  • Stress
  • Fear
  • Phobias
  • Inflammation

Medical Marijuana - Stop Obsessing about Insomnia

Sometimes people do everything right and still suffer from Insomnia.   It is best not to obsess and worry about the condition. An insidious pathological fear of insomnia can actually interfere with the release of brain chemicals that invoke sleep.  Medical Cannabis acts clinically to reduce fear and obsession.

Further Reading - Research Breakthroughs 

Cannabis, Pain, and Sleep - 2000 patient study of Cannabis-based Medicine

"Cannabis sativa L. has been utilized for the treatment of pain and sleep disorders since ancient times. This review examines modern studies on the effects of THC and Cannabidiol CBD on sleep.  2000 subjects with 1000 patient years of exposure demonstrate marked improvement in subjective sleep parameters in patients with a wide variety of pain conditions including multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathic pain, intractable cancer pain, and rheumatoid arthritis, with an acceptable adverse event profile (acceptable side effects). 40-50% of sufferers attained good to very good sleep quality, and improved patients' quality of life."

A Brave New World  - THC's entourage of other Cannabis components

"Many components of Medical Marijuana suggest efficacy in sleeping disorders.  Phytocannabinoid-terpenoid synergy suggests that an extensive pipeline of new therapeutic products derived from Cannabis is very possible."

Effects of acute systemic administration of Cannabidiol on sleep-wake cycle in rats

"The systemic acute administration of CBD appears to increase total sleep time, in addition to increasing sleep latency in the light period of the day of administration."

THC and Cannabidiol on nocturnal sleep and early-morning behavior in young adults

"Fifteen milligrams THC would appear to be sedative, while 15 mg CBD appears to have alerting properties as it increased awake activity during sleep and counteracted the residual sedative activity of 15 mg THC".

Cannabidiol, a constituent of Cannabis sativa, modulates sleep in rats

"CBD induces alertness, it might be of therapeutic value in sleep disorders such as excessive somnolence."

Endocannabinoid modulates, improves NREM sleep

"These findings demonstrate that the EC system actively regulates cortical up-states and important features of NREM sleep such as its duration.."

Injections of THC reduce obstruction rat sleep disorders

"These findings underscore a therapeutic potential of THC for the treatment of obstructive sleep (insomnia) apnea."

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