It’s estimated that a third of Americans aren’t getting optimal sleep, which can result in accidents and missed work.
Finding the best strain of cannabis to help ease your insomnia depends on the root cause of your sleeplessness. Insomnia can be caused by a variety of psychiatric or medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits or other biological factors including:
- chronic pain
- weight gain
Some strains of marijuana are better at treating insomnia caused by chronic pain, whereas others are better at targeting anxiety-related insomnia. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is known for its sedative qualities, especially indica varieties. However, if you have anxiety-related insomnia, it’s important that the strain contains some cannabidiol (CBD) to balance out the psychoactive effects of the THC. Cannabinol (CBN), a lesser-known cannabinoid, is five times more sedating than THC, so it can also be helpful at promoting sleep, too.
Can Cannabis Help With Insomnia?
Around a third of Americans don’t get the recommended amount of sleep. Insomnia can cause an increased number of accidents, absenteeism from work and an overall decreased quality of life. Most people who have insomnia take some kind of medication to help them with sleep, and sleep medications can become very addictive.
Cannabis is a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals for insomnia relief. A study out of Southern California recently concluded that 79% of participants reported improved sleep quality after ingesting cannabis.
Further back, a 1981 study also found that when patients with insomnia took a 160mg dose of CBD, their length of sleep increased compared to those who took a placebo.
Choosing the Right Marijuana for Insomnia
It’s important to try a few different cannabis strains to see what works best for you. It’s also important to consider the right balance between THC and CBD.
Your method of administration and ingestion is also an important factor to consider. Edibles release their marijuana content slower, making them effective at helping people stay asleep, whereas vaporizing produces faster effects that could help people fall asleep more quickly.