Listen to the professional:
While all medical cannabis patients can consult with their recommending physician for his or her advice on the most appropriate strains of cannabis for sleep and various other disorders, one of the best resources is a cannabis professional. But who is a “professional” in the cannabis industry? Well, that is for you to decide, but they should have both integrity and your well-being in mind, not just the sale of their personal products.
Luckily, if you live in the United States, States like Colorado, Oregon, and California enjoy safe access to cannabis medicine that involves free consultation with a professional. The cannabis industry is not novel to those states, and eco-tourism has turned this incredible plant into an agricultural tourism destination for places like the Colorado Rockies and the coastlines of California.
Those who have access to trained, professional are foolish to not leverage the wisdom and experience of these cannabis medicine experts. True industry experts are exposed to and gather feedback from literally hundreds of clients and patients per week, learning the strains of cannabis that produce particular results — and for whom.
One strain might be perfect for an octogenarian cancer patient simply trying to abate the nausea of chemotherapy in an effort to get some sleep, but not the best solution for a 25-year-old single mother of two suffering from menstrual cramps who desperately needs relief from acute pain, inflammation and perhaps a nap.
With an estimated 5,000+ strains of cannabis worldwide, the efficacy of the plant for sleep and particular conditions such as insomnia is highly variable, but undeniably present. Different strains can produce markedly different reactions from humans, and understanding how the plant’s effects on your body is for you and you alone to determine. Listen to your body, and trust me when I say that, it knows what is best for you. At Becalmed CBD we suggest to all of our clients to start with a lower dosage, and let your body react accordingly. Know the difference between ∆9-THC and CBD, understand the difference between a Full-Spectrum Oil profile and Isolate. The cannabis plant can help you with various ailments, from chronic and acute pain management and inflammation, to cell proliferation and regeneration, not to mention insomnia and anxiety.
By definition a cannabis oil concentrate is a collection of specific cannabinoids with the non-desired compounds removed [hopefully], while a richly enhanced sativa, such as Durban Poison, offers an energizing and cerebral experience for those who consume it, an indica like Afghani may deliver the polar opposite effect and result in lethargy, grogginess, and even sleep. Each of these sets of side effects is of great medical value, although to very different patient populations and involving important variables, such as the time of day or the nature of one’s work responsibilities. So make sure that you understand what your body is telling you when you consume an herbal remedy, insulate yourself from daily activities such as driving or handling children, until you have a better understanding of the chemicals that are interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system [ECS].
Cannabis for Insomnia and Sleeping Disorders
Sleep disorders are conditions that cause a person to have difficulty sleeping or that significantly and negatively impact the quality of sleep. Disorders include many types of disturbances, such as sleeping too much (hypersomnia) or not enough. They can also involve symptoms that occur during sleep that do not necessarily affect the amount of sleep that a person experiences, such as somnambulism (sleep walking).
Sleep disorders involve a wide range of conditions that, in some manner, cause a person to experience difficulty with falling asleep, staying asleep, or in terms of the quality of their slumber. Often, other activities are involved, such as the grinding of one’s teeth (bruxism).
You must first understand your body’s symptoms in order to properly treat your sleep issues, discovering the root cause is absolutely important. For example, many patients experiencing depression also suffer sleep disturbances, especially insomnia or too much sleep (sometimes a symptom of avoidance behavior and procrastination).
PTSD and Sleeping Disorders
Many trauma patients and veterans suffer from stress-related nightmares that are the result of PTSD. Because cannabis is so effective for anxiety, cannabis is often a valuable treatment for PTSD and other trauma related disorders that can cause sleep issues.
Pharmaceutical drugs and Sleeping Disorders
Pharmaceutical drugs often lead to disturbances in sleep patterns, this is a common side effect of numerous pharmaceutical drugs. In fact, the medical profession has been well aware of the sleep problems caused or exacerbated by both alcohol and prescription drugs for many decades.
Cannabis: Proven Sleep Aid
Cannabis is known to help patients fall asleep faster, remain in asleep, and spend more time in “deep sleep” (Stage 3) and Rapid Eye Movement (REM; Stage 4). Although patients report a wide range of reactions to all strains of cannabis, indica varieties are known to induce and maintain sleep better than sativa-dom or pure sativa types.
Cannabis Studies involved with Sleep Disorders
Several studies and a wealth of anecdotal testimonies reveal that cannabis is an excellent sleep aid, improving both ease of onset, duration, and quality. Some studies, indicate that heavy consumers of cannabis, such as patients with debilitating diseases who suffer from chronic pain, nausea, or severe anxiety, often experience sleep disturbances when they suddenly abstain from the cannabis – thus finding a brand that you trust is of equal importance. A simple disruption within a supply chain can have negative effects on your person.