Post by Ask Jan on May 2, 2011 4:47:38 GMT -8
Are you one of the millions of Americans that is suffering from sleeplessness or insomnia? It is estimated that one-third of all adults have insomnia. Some people have difficulty falling asleep, some have difficulty staying asleep, and some have both. Not sleeping well makes you feel exhausted all the time, and this can have an adverse effect on how you work, exercise, eat, drive and interact with others.
Currently there are a number of prescription medications on the market that are used to promote sleep. One of the more common medications is zolpidem tartrate (brand name Ambien). Many patients are unhappy with the side effects of Ambien which can include: severe allergic reaction, sleep-driving or sleep-eating (meaning you drive or sleep with no memory of doing so), and excessive sleepiness during the next day. Ambien is meant for only short-term use because it can be habit-forming. Some patients try Ambien and find that it works initially but then becomes ineffective. Another common insomnia medication is eszopiclone (brand name Lunesta). Side effects include unpleasant taste in mouth, dizziness, morning drowsiness, headaches, and symptoms of a cold. Many patients cannot tolerate the continued drowsiness that is present during the day after taking a sleeping pill. They are unable to function at work or at home taking care of children. Other serious side effects listed for Lunesta include sleep-driving, sleep-eating, abnormal thoughts and behaviors, memory loss, anxiety, and severe allergic reaction. All of this is quite a heavy burden when you are just looking for a good night’s sleep.
Medical marijuana patients usually find that sleep is a wonderful benefit of cannabis. Many chronic pain patients experience insomnia due to their pain and find excellent relief and sleep when using cannabis.. As many patients know, illness, pain, the ability to recover and to have a decent quality of life all improve with sleep. If you suffer from lack of sleep and it is affecting your life negatively, you should talk with your regular physician to see if you suffer from insomnia. If you want a natural treatment that has minimal to no side effects, you should consider using medical marijuana instead of prescription medications. And remember, you do not have to smoke in order to get good results – you can choose to use a vaporizer, the tinctures, or edibles
Insomnia, or chronic sleeplessness, is effectively treated with marijuana, and clinical research has verified the usefulness of marijuana in some cases. One study determined that CBD, rather than delta-9 THC, helped some insomniacs sleep better. Human studies show that cannabinoid-induced sleep does not differ much from sleep induced by conventional hypnotics. In contrast to one of America’s favorite drugs, Valium, which, along with having a strong addictive potential, is also known to suppress stages of sleep conducive to dreaming. The Institute of Medicine recommended further study of cannabinoid sedation in its Marijuana and Medicine report of 1999.
Medical Marijuana Can Help Treat Your Insomnia
"Many people fail to realize how lack of sleep can have a negative effect on their life. Insomnia is not only the cause of poor health; it can also greatly reduce your productivity at work and when left untreated, it can even lead to death"
Although there are several over the counter drugs available to help people fall asleep, many of these products cause drowsiness during the day — not to mention other potential medical complications. There are many insomnia sufferers who complain of feeling tired and sluggish during the day after using sleeping aids. Many over the counter sleeping aids can become habit forming, forcing the user to have to use ever increasing amounts of the drug.
The good news is you no longer have to settle for harmful sleeping aids. There is a safe and effective alternative known as medical marijuana. Medical marijuana has worked wonders for many victims of insomnia. It is important to note that medical marijuana is a natural alternative that doesn’t have the dangerous effects that many sleeping aids have. More importantly, medical marijuana doesn’t make you feel sluggish and fatigued. It should allow you to fall into a relaxing slumber. When you awake, you should feel well rested and revived.
The most common causes of insomnia are medications, psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression and changes in the environment. It can also be due to a stressful event or excessive use of caffeine, alcohol or tobacco. Insomnia is not an incurable disease. Certain types of medication and therapies can cure it. It is also believed by many, that marijuana can cure insomnia. When smoked or eaten, the cannabinoid found in marijuana acts on the receptor cells in our brain . It is believed that smoking marijuana before bedtime allows the user to have complete rest and a deep sleep. Most patients say there are no lingering hangovers or side effects in the morning. Many people successfully use medical marijuana to overcome insomnia.
Recommended strains for insomnia: Indica dominant strains, Blue Dream, Sweet Dreams, Cheisel (Sour Diesel x Cheese), Bubba Kush, OG Kush, Purple Kush. To be taken one (1) hour before desired sleep.