Thousands of Americans suffer from insomnia, which is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. The causes of insomnia vary by patient and can include psychiatric and medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits, specific substances, and/or certain biological factors. Many prescription drugs, such as Trazadone, Valium, Lunesta, Ambien and Librium, are available to treat insomnia, but their side effects can be dangerous.
In contrast to these drugs, medical cannabis can be a safe alternative sleep aid with few, if any, side effects. Studies have shown that cannabis can reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and increase its over-all duration for patients. This is due to the chemicals naturally found in cannabis, known as cannabinoids, which mimic the activity of chemicals in the brain, resulting in better sleep.
Generally, Indica and Indica-dominant varieties of cannabis boast the greatest results for insomnia relief. Make sure to speak with your practitioner at Tetra Health Centers to see if cannabis is a sleep solution for you.Â