What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that affects about one out of every three people. Those with insomnia not only have trouble sleeping, but also tend to wake up often in the middle of the night, interrupting their sleep cycle.
How can marijuana help?
The endocannabinoid system plays a large role in maintaining homeostasis throughout the body, and managing sleep is no exception. In 2003, researchers ascertained that the endocannabinoid anandamide, similar to the phytocannabinoid THC, helps raise adenosine levels, which, in turn, induces sleep. “These findings identify a potential therapeutic use of endocannabinoids to induce sleep in conditions where sleep may be severely attenuated.” Even though this research was completed on rats, numerous other studies report that insomniacs and patients who have trouble sleeping at night due to pain find relief with marijuana. These important studies reaffirm what medical cannabis patients have already been saying - medical marijuana is an effective sleep aid and can be considered a medicinal alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.