How Medical Marijuana Helps with Sleep Disorders

Medical marijuana has surged in popularity over the past few years as a treatment for everything from pain to acne to anxiety. Medical research has definitively proven that medical marijuana, sometimes referred to as medical cannabis, THC, or CBD, relieves pain and inflammation just as well as prescription narcotics and anti-inflammatories. This usage of medical marijuana can pose questions regarding how it can be used for other conditions, like sleep disorders.

The body of literature available on research involving medical marijuana and sleep disorders is small. Any sleep expert will tell you that much more research is needed to determine the true benefits of using medical marijuana to treat sleep disorders. However, anecdotal evidence and existing research is promising.

Medical marijuana was shown in one study to help PTSD patients sleep better by suppressing the memory of dreams (and nightmares). In another study, synthetic THC showed potential to help with obstructive sleep apnea. Almost all researchers agree that medical marijuana helps patients fall asleep faster, but they’re divided on whether it lengthens or improves quality of sleep.

Anecdotal claims are more consistent. People of different demographics use medical marijuana to treat various sleep issues with great success. Users claim to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, wake up in the night less often, and feel more refreshed upon waking up. Some users even stopped taking their prescription sleep aids in favor of medical marijuana, reporting less side effects.

If you are thinking about trying medical marijuana to treat your sleep issues, discuss it with one of our qualified medical professionals at Hakunah Matata first. We’ll evaluate your medical history and conditions to see if medical marijuana is right for you. If our physicians determine that you are a good candidate for medical marijuana, we’ll help you get your Florida Medical Marijuana Registry Use card so you can fill your prescription at a nearby dispensary. When selecting product at the dispensary, keep the following in mind:

  • Indica strains have been shown to help sleep more than sativa strains.
  • Start with a low dose. A good THC dose to begin with is 2mg. Raise the dose by 50% each night until you reach your desired effect.
  • Oral THC liquid comes on slowly and lasts longer than smoking, making it ideal for sleep issues.

Call us at (239) 789-6561 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today. We provide everything you need to get your Florida medical marijuana card and prescription so you can get a good night’s rest again.