Mar 31, 2016 5:36 AM

How can medical marijuana help with… INSOMNIA?

Definition of insomnia.

Insomnia is a medical term for sleeplessness – inability to fall asleep or stay asleep (waking up during the night for more than one time). Difficulty of falling or staying asleep is very common – almost every person experiences it at some point in their lives. A person of any age can be affected. Generally sleeplessness can arise from stress, depression, violation of familiar time schedule, alcohol or drug abuse. Sometimes the term ‘insomnia’ is used to describe a disorder demonstrated by polysomnographic or actigraphic evidence of disturbed sleep.

Insomnia is treated as both medical sign, and a symptom to a number of mental disorders that involve constant difficulty falling asleep or sleep of poor quality. If the condition lasts up to three weeks, it is considered a short-term insomnia, which requires minor treatment, but if it persists for more than a month, the case is serious, and may lead to memory problems, concentration loss, irritability and increased risk of heart failure. Having bad sleep will most definitely reduce your work capability, and bring you even more discomfort while you are awake.

How can medical marijuana help?

For people with persistent insomnia, sleeping medications often become a remedy to gain much desired sleep. This situation can be tricky because relying on sleeping pills alters the body’s natural sleeping regime, thus making the condition even worse. Conventional sleeping meds are also known to cause addiction, which can lead to substance dependency if used regularly for an extended period. Luckily, there is medical marijuana for the ones willing to try it. Cannabis at night time can directly alleviate symptoms of insomnia. Many patients report that compared to traditional sleeping pills, medical marijuana works far better, is not habit-forming and does not affect waking up on the following day. It is important to keep in mind what strain to use as most Indica-based strains are more relaxing and suitable for sleep.

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