The benefits of medical marijuana have been recognized and studied for decades. It has taken some time for the policies to catch up, but now a majority of states (plus the District of Columbia) have some form of medical or recreational marijuana available to their citizens. One of the most promising areas of treatment is for patients who suffer from insomnia. Insomnia is a qualifying condition for medical marijuana treatment in Florida, and patients suffering from prolonged lack of sleep can consider cannabis as an alternative to traditional sleep medication.
The Science Behind Marijuana and Insomnia
Studies on the effects of marijuana and sleep have been minimal so far, but the few that have been conducted show promising results. One study, on marijuana use and appetite stimulus among cancer patients, had the unintended effect of demonstrating that patients using marijuana slept better than subjects who did not. Other studies have linked marijuana to reduced stress levels, and it is well documented that stress and anxiety are a leading cause of insomnia.
Replacing Sleep Medication With Marijuana
Marijuana's benefits stand out strongest when compared to traditional sleep medications. The biggest benefit for the individual lies in the cessation of sleep medication. Sleeping pills, whether over the counter or prescription, can have negative side effects like daytime drowsiness, headaches, and even depression.
How to Use Medical Marijuana to Treat Insomnia
It's important to consult with a doctor before switching medications. Not every type of marijuana medication is right for treating insomnia. When visiting medical marijuana dispensaries, afflicted patients should look for Indica strains (over Sativa). Indicas produce a mellowing effect perfect for helping people drift off to sleep.
If you suffer from insomnia and would like to learn more about the benefits of marijuana, contact The Marijuana Doctor or visit any of our Florida locations today.