Cannabis for Insomnia


Cannabis, marijuana, weed, green, pot, herb, THC , though controversial, has been the center of much debate as it is being pushed for continued legalization. Insomnia is a curse that many would do anything to overcome, but others find no harm in sleeping just every other night.  Cannabis has the potential to treat many ailments, insomnia being one, for which many people have sought countless doctors.  It can be mild or severe; it can be caused by bad habits, or complex medical conditions.  Insomnia usually is not desired, but luckily, the afflicted have many options for treatment.

Cannabis has been in a number of studies showing the potential to treat glaucoma sufferers, chemo patients (who need their appetites stimulated), diabetes, and also, patients who have insomnia, among other conditions.  Marijuana, when smoked, has a number of beneficial effects in the human body.

The herb is showing more and more support in recent years, and for many, the medicinal properties make the offensive odor worth it.  Others, however, enjoy the scent, enjoy the relaxing property, and strongly believe marijuana should replace alcohol in bars.  Alcohol, the recreational pastime for millions if not billions of people worldwide, is one of the most dangerous substances people are legally able to ingest.

Though cannabis has been used to treat insomnia and other conditions, some people just do not enjoy smoking marijuana or being around the smoke, and so other alternatives are preferred.  The common remedies include warm milk, massage, and hot baths with Epsom salts, sleep aids, muscle relaxants, early morning exercise, yoga, hypnosis, and talk therapy, just to name a few.  Surprisingly, pain is both a possible cause of insomnia, and also a symptom cannabis has potential of treating.

The way THC affects the body: According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the drug enters the brain, causing a sense of euphoria by acting on the reward center of the brain.  This reward center is what is activated during sex or consuming chocolate, as well as drugs.  Dopamine is released as the brain is stimulated.  Relaxation is another reported effect, says the National Institute.  Heightened senses,  susceptibility to laughter, altered concept of time, and an increased appetite are all side effects of this high.  Sleepiness, or a depressed state might follow.  Some of the negative side effects (as almost all drugs have) is anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic.  There is reported impairment in a person’s ability to form new memories and to “shift focus.” For the people who this drug affects negatively, psychotic episodes, impaired coordination and balance, and impaired cognitive function is listed as “consequences of marijuana abuse” by the National Institute.

Many people might not be aware of the cause of their medical condition. They might not really know that their pain keeps them from getting well-rested sleep, in turn causing further harm and pain to the body.  If there is something that can alleviate the pain and promote sleep with as little side effects as possible, then it should be promoted, manufactured, given freely to those individuals previously less productive to society.  The argument that marijuana will cause an unproductive society, has yet to be proven. Cannabis has strong support for treating insomnia and an array of other illnesses, and proponents are growing in numbers.

Editorial By Lindsey Alexander


National Institute for Drug Abuse

2 Responses to "Cannabis for Insomnia"

  1. Jane Peters   March 8, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    They now know that THC lowers dopamine levels. And cannabis with higher cannabidiol (CBD) levels may mitigate the bad side effects.

  2. Jason   February 22, 2014 at 2:29 am

    I live in Bristol, TN and I also am suffering from insomnia, ironically I happened to be bored and couldn’t sleep when I read this and I use the substance specifically for this reason when I can afford, the worst part is that I take a risk in the judicial system to obtain it, just because, I’d like to sleep.


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