Every year one in four Americans will develop acute insomnia (up to three months of symptoms) while 10-30% experience chronic insomnia. At least 36 states have medical marijuana programs, many of which list insomnia as a qualifying condition to become a patient. So how does cannabis help you sleep and why?
Every person has a sleep/wake cycle known as circadian rhythm. Studies have shown that “the endocannabinoid system is involved in the regulation of the circadian sleep-wake cycle, including the maintenance and promotion of sleep” (Bonn-Miller et al). When your sleep cycle is disrupted it throws the endocannabinoid system out of balance, which interferes with the normal operation of other systems. This can have an affect on mood, focus, and energy levels.
Hemp is a member of the cannabis family that is grown for different reasons than flowering marijuana. While marijuana is known for its medicinal purposes, hemp is grown for a wide variety of applications that are mostly centered around industrial uses such as making rope, clothing, paper, biodiesel fuels, industrial lubricants, varnishes and various construction materials.
Chances are, you’ve heard of THC. This cannabinoid produced by marijuana has pain relieving and palliative effects, but it is most famous for its psychoactive properties. There are also multiple cannabinoids found in marijuana that affect the body differently than THC. Cannabidiol or CBD has many of the same benefits that THC has; however, it does not produce the hallucinogenic or “high” effects. Different amounts of THC and CBD can be used on their own or in combination to create a unique medicinal effect that can address a wide array of issues.