What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterised by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing non-restorative sleep, which can lead to daytime fatigue, irritability, and impaired functioning.
Symptoms of Insomnia
Insomnia can manifest in various ways, including:
- trouble falling asleep,
- waking up frequently during the night,
- waking up too early,
- feeling tired upon waking,
- daytime sleepiness,
- difficulty concentrating,
- mood disturbances.
Treatment options may include lifestyle changes, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), sleep hygiene practices, relaxation techniques, and, in some cases, medication.
Medical Cannabis & Insomnia
Medical cannabis has been gaining attention for its potential benefits in treating insomnia. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology found that patients suffering from chronic insomnia reported significant improvements in sleep duration and quality after using medical cannabis. Another study in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found that more than half of the participants reported improved sleep after using medical cannabis.
Moreover, a report in Medicines (Basel) concluded that cannabis flower could be an effective treatment for sleep disturbances due to its pain-relieving properties, which can contribute to better sleep. Patients have also shared anecdotal accounts of their positive experiences using medical cannabis to manage their insomnia symptoms. While further research is necessary to fully understand the long-term effects and the appropriate dosing, these initial findings suggest that medical cannabis could potentially offer some benefits for those struggling with sleep disorders such as insomnia.