Secondary insomnia occurs as a result of another medical problem (such as asthma, depression, cancer, heartburn). Symptoms usually include difficulty falling asleep, waking up often during the night, having trouble going back to sleep after waking up, waking up too early in the morning, and feeling tired upon waking up. Treatment of insomnia can be as simple as changing one’s sleeping habits. Some cases of insomnia require sleeping medication to be prescribed, and sometimes even these don’t work.
Best Method of Ingestion for This Condition
For those suffering from chronic insomnia and cannot find relief from sleeping medication, medical marijuana can be an effective alternative treatment. Scientific evidence shows chemicals in marijuana called cannabinoids can mimic chemicals in the brain that control the endocannabinoid system (the system responsible for regulating sleep). Further, the THC ingredient found in marijuana is known to drastically reduce the time it takes for users to fall asleep. Studies have also shown that the THC in marijuana can increase the amount of deep sleep a user experiences while sleeping.
One interesting discovery found throughout the studies of marijuana and insomnia is that lower doses of marijuana have more benefits on insomnia than higher doses. There are a few reasons for this. First, the feeling of being “too high” can outweigh the activity of trying to get to sleep or make the user feel a weed hangover when waking up. Also, THC in higher doses can have a different effect on the user’s brain, making it more challenging to fall asleep. For most users, smoking or vaporizing weed in a low dose will help them fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. For patients who deal with insomnia due to pain that wakes them up during the night, edibles might be a better choice because the effects will create a body high and will last longer, making staying asleep easy.
Disclaimer: Insomnia is not a Nevada approved medical marijuana condition. See a list of all state-approved medical marijuana conditions. (10/15/16)