“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 and president of Nature’s Way Medicine.1
Benefits of Medical Marijuana for InsomniaThe following benefits of using medical marijuana for insomnia were collected from news reports:
- Somewhere between 50 to 70 million U.S. adults experience some form of sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association.
- Nearly 30 percent of the population will experience insomnia some time during their lifetime.
- Only about 10 percent of those over the age of 18 experience chronic insomnia.
- Medical professionals say marijuana is an effective treatment for sleep disorders with very few side effects.
- The success of cannabis as a sleep aid depends greatly on the individual. What works for one person, does not necessarily work for another.
- Researchers also conclude that what makes cannabis successful also depends on other factors, such as a person’s tolerance, the potency or concentration of THC, and frequency of use.
- Studies have shown that by using cannabis, a person’s ability to fall and stay asleep are great improved.
- Some findings have also shown that a small number of users have exhibited slight increases in slow wave sleep, which is the deepest stage of sleep there is.
Downsides to Using Marijuana as a Sleep AidHere are some of the downsides to using marijuana as a sleep aid, as gathered from recent news articles as well:
- Marijuana is still a schedule I substance, and the government still sees it as a negative drug because there still hasn’t been enough research to prove otherwise.
- Some studies have shown that some cannabis users prefer high-concentrated cannabidiol, which is a non-intoxicating form of cannabis.
- However, those using high-concentrations of THC for sleep disorders run the risk of having higher levels of it in their system the next day.
- Those who use marijuana with active THC cannot judge their own level of impairment.