THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CANNABIS AND INSOMNIA
- October 12, 2018
Marijuana is a mind-altering, potentially dangerous drug, plain and simple. After consuming cannabis, a person will experience lethargy, lack of coordination, and poor judgment Taking too much of the drug can ultimately result in a lethal situation called cannabinoid hyperemesis, an illness characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Nevertheless, some health experts are convinced that (in controlled doses) marijuana can alleviate a range of problems including arthritis or athletic injuries. Likewise, doctors have recently addressed the connection between cannabis and treatment for insomnia. Let’s take a closer look at what they discovered.
Before we begin, let’s have a brief look at the problem.
Insomnia, in itself, is a very unique sleep disorder. A majority of people experience sleeplessness after a hectic or stressful day, but this period (tagged acute insomnia) only lasts for a few days. On the other hand, during chronic insomnia, a person will lose sleep three or more nights every week (in one month). Interestingly, women suffer from insomnia more than men (according to medical studies).
Generally, insomniacs can suffer from one of two problems:
- Primary insomnia: a version that is not caused by a health condition (induced)
- Secondary insomnia: a version that is triggered by a health condition or behavioral problem
However, doctors argue that stress is the most common cause of insomnia. If you reduce your stress, bedtime will be much easier.
Is Cannabis an Answer?
Typical prescriptions for insomnia may include Ambien (Zolpidem) or Sonata (Zaleplon), but doctors are concerned these medications might not be as helpful as initially perceived. Furthermore, traditional sleep meds can cause serious side effects or (in the worst case scenario) addiction.
However, a physician from Walnut Creek, California suggests that cannabis may hold the keys to helping insomniacs get that much-needed rest. Even more interesting, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Sanofi Aventis (a member of Big Pharma) may agree with this notion. Both groups recently initiated a group sleep study involving THC products.
The results were fascinating. Subjects not only fell asleep much easier but also slept longer. Likewise, these people underwent deep sleeps (an essential role in the restoration process) and experienced regulated breathing (a key discovery for treating sleep apnea).
Always remember that marijuana does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance abuse disorder or addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
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