Why So Many Insomniacs Are Finding Relief With Medical Marijuana

It’s hard to feel your best if you can’t get a restful night of sleep. Not only is it essential for your mental health, but it also plays a crucial role in your physical health. Most adults usually require 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Unfortunately, quality sleep is eluding more and more men and women. Common signs of insomnia include:

If this list looks familiar, it could be time to look into medical marijuana. Dr. Dareld Morris and our team at Morris Medical Center can prescribe this substance for a variety of health conditions, including sleep disorders. 

How medical marijuana works

Medical marijuana is a valuable tool for treating a wide range of health conditions, such as chronic pain issues, seizure disorders, and anxiety problems. One of the reasons for this versatility is the fact that different strains of marijuana contain different cannabinoids, and each cannabinoids can affect how your brain functions in different ways.

As medical marijuana has received more mainstream attention, you may have heard of the most common cannabinoids. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the chemical in marijuana that provides a feeling of calm. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, triggers a dopamine release in your brain, leaving you with a feeling of euphoria. 

Because CBD and THC offer different benefits, we can use specific prescription formulations to energize, calm, or sedate, based on your condition. 

Medical marijuana as a sleep aid

Because CBD reduces anxiety and promotes relaxation, it can have a significant impact on enhancing the quality of your sleep. And THC can help you fall asleep faster. Treating insomnia with medical marijuana involves balancing the properties of CBD and THC to restore your natural sleep cycle. 

By using medical marijuana, your REM stage can decrease and allow you to spend more time in a deeper sleep stage. Experts believe the deeper sleep stage is the most restful and restorative stage of your sleep cycle. Furthermore, experts believe that most of your dreams take place in the REM stage, so by decreasing your REM stage, you can reduce or eliminate nightmares if you have trouble with them. This can be especially helpful for men and women with PTSD.

To see if medical marijuana can help with your insomnia, book an appointment online or over the phone with Morris Medical Center today.

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