In 2008, medical use of marijuana was legalized in Michigan under the Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative. This measure, approved by 63% of voters, allows anyone diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for medical use.
Insomnia in the United States
The medical definition of insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep and may experience symptoms, including difficulty concentrating, fatigue, low energy, mood disturbances, and poor performance at work or school.
Many adults struggle with insomnia. This common sleep problem impacts roughly 30 percent of the general population. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 10 percent of adults have difficulty functioning during the day because of their insomnia.
Standard Treatment for Insomnia
Treatment for chronic insomnia begins with lifestyle changes. When these changes are insufficient, many patients turn to over the counter or prescription sleep aids. Physicians may use many medications to treat insomnia. Both prescription and over the counter sleep aids have the risk of side effects, which may be severe.
Cannabis and Insomnia?
In recent years, the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana has increasingly become acceptable, and legal, many people are experiencing the effects of marijuana on their brains and bodies. Many patients with sleep disorders found that they got better, more restful sleep after using cannabis. Many professionals in the medical marijuana community believe that cannabis is a potentially effective treatment for insomnia. Many professionals also believe that using marijuana as a treatment for sleeping disorders has a low incidence of side effects.
Cannabis works for some people for two different reasons. First, the well-known anti-anxiety properties of marijuana can reduce the mental and physical stress that may contribute to insomnia. For patients with chronic pain, marijuana has analgesic properties that reduce pain and inflammation.
Risks of Marijuana Use
Marijuana use puts powerful chemicals into your bloodstream. Some people may feel better about cannabis because the substances occur naturally. However, naturally occurring compounds can still have a powerful impact on the body.
Insomnia is a severe medical condition. Cannabis is a potentially powerful medicinal substance. You should always consult a qualified medical professional before starting any course of treatment, no matter what kind of medicine you plan to take.
Cannabis is a natural treatment for insomnia and many other medical conditions. While it is potentially powerful medicine, the limited available research on the subject and the anecdotal experience of many users suggests that the risk of harmful side effects is equivalent to or less than the risks of many other forms of treatment.