04/18/2017 | Health + Wellness

Insomnia Medical Cannabis

It is estimated that nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from some degree of insomnia. Chronic insomnia is defined as having “three or more restless nights per week over the course of one month,” which may be able to be treated through medical cannabis. This condition can lead to long-term health issues, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and more. While women are affected at twice the rate of men, anyone can have insomnia; so what are the causes and how can medical cannabis help?

Causes and Traditional Treatment

Insomniacs can suffer from either primary or secondary insomnia; primary is not caused by another health condition, whereas secondary is associated with something else, such as depression, another medication, etc. For those with primary insomnia, the number one cause is stress. Unfortunately, some stress is inevitable, and cannot be controlled to a degree. However, there are ways to reduce stress, such as exercise, meditation, and more.

By taking steps to reduce stress, this will hopefully help with your insomnia. Lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, and setting a regular sleep schedule may also help. Traditionally, some turn to sleep aids, but prescription medications are extremely dangerous. More are turning to natural aids, such as chamomile, lavender essential oils, and melatonin.

Medical Cannabis Studies

Though lifestyle changes are also encouraged, medical cannabis can help insomniacs immensely. In the State of Illinois, insomnia is not an approved condition for the use of medical cannabis, but it is important to know the science. Studies have showcased that insomniacs have an easier time falling asleep, enjoy a deeper and longer sleep, and even breathe better while sleeping. With these studies, it was always important to find the right strain that will actually encourage sleep and relaxation over producing a stimulant effect.

Courtesy of: Leafly