Insomnia Treatment & Medical Marijuana Saanta Cruz

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How patients can benefit from using medical marijuana to improve sleep / decrease insomnia in Santa Cruz CA

Cannabis has been used to treat sleeping problems for many years. Currently there are no medical marijuana sleeping pills.  The earliest record of marijuana use for insomnia is from ancient Indian medicine. Insomnia is a sleep problem in which you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It is usually not considered a condition on its own because insomnia is often a symptom of other health issues, such as depression. If you’re looking for a natural way to treat your insomnia and receive a good night’s sleep every night, then medical marijuana may be right for you. Here is a look at insomnia and medical marijuana treatments in Santa Cruz to help you determine if it’s a treatment you want to try to use  cannabis flowers, tinctures, edibles, inhalation to help improve the quality of sleep.

The Endocannabinoid System Plays a Role in Sleep Regulation

Research has found that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating sleep. This system is responsible for maintaining a regular sleeping pattern and assisting in the “high” effects of marijuana. Studies have shown that endocannabinoids increase sleepiness. Some scientists speculate that insomnia may be caused by an ineffective endocannabinoid system.

Medical Marijuana Can Help Insomnia at the Right Dosage

It’s important to receive the right dosage of medical marijuana to effectively use it to treat insomnia. A study published in the December 1973 issue of Psychopharmacologia found that dosages of 30 mg of THC was least effective among dosages of 10 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg THC. 20 mg of THC was the most effective in treating insomnia. Participants in the study fell asleep over an hour faster on average with the 20 mg dose of THC.  The medical cannabis strains that help are high in cannabidiols – CBD that really help to improve sleep, increase muscle relaxation, & can help patients get a good nights sleep.

 

Marijuana Improves Sleep Quality in Santa Cruz CA

Marijuana has been found to improve sleep quality by lengthening stage 3 sleep, which is considered by some health care professionals the most important stage of sleep. However, marijuana decreases REM sleep and medical professionals are still not sure whether this would be a negative or not. Experts are divided on the issue. Some think REM must have a positive effect on the body, but others cite research that shows less REM sleep improves memory and minimizes symptoms of depression.

How well medical marijuana works for insomnia doesn’t have much research yet to come to definite conclusions. From what there is to go off of, including personal accounts of others who have had positive experiences with using medical marijuana to sleep better, medical marijuana is a viable treatment option for insomnia at the right dosage. Most patients explore high CBD strains in flowers, tinctures, and / or edibles forms – we do not recommend inhalation – use a vaporizer.  If you need a 420 evaluation in Santa Cruz – make an appointment to get seen evaluated and obtain a California medical marijuana card.  Cannabis can help improve sleep and help insomnia treatments for Santa Cruz patients.

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