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Medical Marijuana Can Help With Insomnia: Are You Having Trouble Sleeping?

Sleeping is the key factor in healing. If you can’t sleep well, you can’t heal to the best of your ability. You also will be more fatigued and sleepy throughout the day which can make your qualifying condition worse for you.

At Ohio Marijuana Card, we recently surveyed over 3,500 Ohio marijuana patients. In one of our questions we asked “Has medical marijuana helped you with any other problems outside of your qualifying condition? If so, what?” The top three answers were anxiety, depression and insomnia.

In today’s article, we will be going over what insomnia is, how medical marijuana can help and what terpenes and strains you can look for to treat insomnia!

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a condition that makes it hard for people to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Acute insomnia usually happens for only a couple of nights. This is common and can be brought on by stress for anyone. Chronic insomnia is a completely different story. Those with chronic insomnia regularly experience three or more restless nights a week that can last over a month. This condition affects billions of people all over the world.

Surprisingly, insomnia affects women at two times the rate that it does men. It also is a condition that worsens with age. About half of all seniors are affected regularly by insomnia.

Insomnia is much more than just not sleeping. It causes a person to be irritable, and sleepy for most of their days. It also is associated with increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as other serious health conditions.

The primary cause of insomnia is stress but it also can be incited by other medical conditions that a person may have or even from the medication that they’re taking to control it.

How Can Medical Marijuana Help Me Sleep?

The best thing about using medical marijuana to treat your insomnia is that there are no side effects. Side effects of prescription medications often leave people having many restless nights. Marijuana can help with that!

Cannabis straight up just helps you sleep. Marijuana has been found to make it easier to fall asleep, especially when using marijuana strains that are high in THC. It also can help you have long and better quality sleep durations.

Cannabis has also been shown to increase deep sleep as well. This is super important for your body as researchers believe that deep sleep plays a strong role in the healing process and restoring our body’s natural processes.

Many people who experience insomnia have breathing problems when sleeping, especially men. Marijuana can also help with this too! Cannabis has been shown to help people with sleep apnea breathe easier when they sleep.

Best Terpenes for Insomnia Treatment:

When we think about treating medical conditions with medical marijuana, we often go straight to which strains will best aid our conditions. People overlook how important terpenes are in treating medical conditions such as insomnia.

There are three major terpenes that you should keep an eye out for when choosing a medical marijuana strain for your insomnia:

  • Terpinolene

    • This is one of the least common terpenes so it may be a bit hard to find but it is full of sedating effects that also have antioxidant properties.

  • Myrcene

    • This terpene is much more common and has some awesome effects that many love. Myrcene will help you wind down for the night and also is popular for its anti-inflammatory properties which will also help aid your qualifying condition.

  • Caryophyllene

    • This terpene has a spicy and peppery profile that helps reduce pain and ease stress. Both of these are perfect for quieting those thoughts and that physical pain that keeps you up at night.

Best Strains of Medical Marijuana for Insomnia:

Now let’s get to those strains! Here are some of the best strains that you can use for your insomnia treatment. These are strains that are rich in the terpenes that combat sleepless nights.

Just remember that dispensaries are business at the end of the day. One day they could have a product and the next they could be out. If you’re looking for something specific, like these strains that treat insomnia, the best thing to do is to either check out the menu on their website or just give them a call and ask them.

If you are unable to find these specific strains, another thing you can do is have an open and honest conversation at the dispensary. Just let them know that you’re dealing with insomnia and they will help point you in the right direction. You can even take this blog with you and see if there is anything similar or with the terpenes that will help!

Strains that will help treat insomnia:

  • Blueberry

    • This strain has a fresh blueberry-like aroma that will help you feel not only sleepy but also happy. It is rich in myrcene so you will feel a sedating effect that is relaxing and euphoric!

  • Sensi Star

    • This strain has the rare terpinolene terpene that will make you feel calm, relaxed and sleepy.

  • Purple Kush

    • This strain’s main terpene is myrcene that will help you feel extremely relaxed in a euphoric bliss!

  • Cherry Pie

    • This strain is a cross between two popular strains and will induce sleep with it’s caryophyllene terpene profile.

In order to access these strains at your local dispensary, you will need to get your medical marijuana card. If you have a medical condition, you could potentially qualify!

Give us a call or schedule an appointment online with us. Don’t wait another minute for the relief that you deserve!


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Here at Ohio Marijuana Card, our goal is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at (866) 457-5559, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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