Insomnia? How marijuana edibles can help.



How many times did you hit the snooze button this morning?

We all crave sleep, but too many nights we fall short of the seven or eight hours we need to thrive. An estimated 50 to 70 million North Americans suffer from insomnia, according to the Institute of Medicine.

In today's over scheduled society, sleep may feel like a luxury when, in fact it's a necessity. Sleep is vital to our health, safety and overall well-being. Sleep recharges the brain, allowing it to learn and make memories. Insufficient sleep has been linked to car crashes, poor work performance and problems with mood and relationships. Sleep deprivation also raises the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and stroke.


So what can you do?
We all know that for most of us our busy, stressful lives can play a major role in our lack of sleep, but sometimes it’s not that easy to change our habits overnight. Instead of turning to chemical sleep aids you might want to try a natural remedy, Marijuana.

Many in the medical marijuana community refer to cannabis as an effective treatment, with little to no side effects, for a range of sleeping disorders. Cannabis is also preferred by many as a sleep aid because it helps one avoid the potentially harmful, side effects and zombie-like traits of most pharmaceuticals. “Marijuana is an effective sleep aid because it restores a person’s natural sleep cycle, which so often falls out of sync with our schedules in today’s modern lifestyle,” says Dr. Matt Roman, a medical marijuana physician.

Whether you have a sleep disorder or you’re having difficulty sleeping after a stressful day, cannabis could help you. Marijuana’s analgesic properties might provide some relief for those with chronic pain, while the anti-anxiety properties can soothe a stressed out mind and body. Studies show that THC can increase the amount of slow-wave sleep — also known as deep sleep — that a person experiences during their slumber.

What type of marijuana works best?
Indica strains, produce a relaxed type of high that is ideal for helping you fall asleep. One of the easiest ways to consume marijuana can be in the form of edibles. Eaten an hour before your ready to go to sleep and as part of your evening wind down routine, edibles can be a perfect way to get the rest you need. Try pairing it with other natural sleep aids for an even more restful night. So next time you bust out your favorite Indica cannabis oil, think about pairing it with a cup of chamomile tea or a lavender bubble bath.


See our Cannabis Oil dosing chart.