We’ve all experienced a moment in our lives where we can’t seem to drift off into a much desired sleep. At times though, snuggling up with a good book or watching a never ending T.V show can set us in the right direction. However, what happens when the usual routine in getting a good nights sleep doesn’t work?
Insomnia equates to a person who has trouble sleeping. This is one of many sleeping disorders that effects countless people throughout the world. The symptoms of insomnia include; difficulties in getting to sleep, lying awake during sleeping hours, waking up early in the morning without the ability to get back to sleep and feeling tired and irritable throughout the day. As expected, having insomnia can negatively impact a persons social life, mental health and work life.
There are many factors to take into consideration as to why insomnia can occur, such as:
Recently, the use of hemp and medical cannabis have been used to help treat a variety of illnesses. Fortunately, researchers have also delved into the use of hemp and marijuana in targeting sleeping disorders.
Contrary to popular belief, hemp and marijuana are quite different. Hemp is grown from the sativa plant which contains little to no THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the component found that gives intoxication). With hemp, it is legal in all 50 states within the United States of America. As well as being used for medical purposes, hemp can also be used for a variety of things like; clothing, health food products, milk, nail polish, shampoo and even ink. When hemp is utilised for illnesses or pain, you can usually find it in forms of tinctures, oils, or lotions.
Although hemp only contains small traces of THC, marijuana contains large quantities. Marijuana is grown from the indica plant and usually contains high THC levels. The use of marijuana would frequently be used by those experiencing extreme discomfort for whatever reason. If the particular strain is high in the THC component, it can help to make you feel quite sleepy/drowsy. Marijuana can popularly be taken as edibles (food or capsules) or by inhalation (smoking or vaping). However, similarly to hemp, you can also find marijuana in tinctures and oils.
There are arguing factors to take into consideration with tackling sleep disorders while using hemp or marijuana. Firstly, marijuana can effect each individual differently due its THC involvement. Side effects from high THC consumption may include paranoia, which of course is not a great way to get you to sleep.
Hemp mostly contains CBD (also known as cannabidiol) which may not have a direct effect on how tired or sleepy you may feel. Although, hemp with high CBD components could actually help you to stay awake during the day if you’re feeling fatigued.
As mentioned above, there are a number of reasons that may stop a person from getting a full nights sleep. Thankfully, there have been studies that show that the use of hemp/CBD can regulate sleep stability. Being able to sleep uninterrupted will improve energy and alertness levels during the day. Including this, hemp contains therapeutic agents that can help those with anxiety, stress and mental health problems, which in turn, could impact their sleeping abilities. Due to its calming benefits, hemp could help unwind those at the end of a busy day. Hemp contains very little THC so you can enjoy its therapeutics without it being too heavy on your body or mind.
When it comes to using marijuana to treat sleep disorders, there are many arguments between the negatives and positives. Using high doses of THC unlike CBD, can be like a sedative. Therefore, it can absolutely set you into a deep sleep if done correctly and with the right dosage. With the incorrect dosage, you may end up feeling extremely groggy in the morning. There really isn’t enough research done in regards to marijuana when it comes to sleeping disorders. In some cases medical marijuana (which is prescribed from a doctor) can be beneficial in cancer patients for example. Although, in saying that, there have also been reports that it did not benefit them in any way. If you are considering in having marijuana to treat a sleeping disorder, please take into consideration how differently it can impact each individual and take with care.
As lightly mentioned above, medical marijuana is available to those with sicknesses or diseases. This could include those that have a difficulty in sleeping. Medical marijuana is different to that of recreational marijuana in the sense that it usually has lower THC concentrates.
Although, cannabinoids (THC and CBD) can effectively treat a lot of conditions that compromise sleeping patterns. These include anxiety disorders, depression, autism, PTSD, chronic pain, and more. However, it is important to consult with your doctor to determine what may suit you. These methods may not be the right route for you and effects every individual in a different way.