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Medical Marijuana as a Sleep Aid

If you suffer from poor sleep quality on a regular basis, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re likely one of the 70 million Americans who suffer from a chronic sleep problem. Not only can sleep disorders leave you feeling drowsy and grumpy, they can also lead to weight gain, depression, lower libido, and even an increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. In search of better quality sleep, many sleep disorder sufferers are turning to medical marijuana as a natural sleep aid. If you suffer from Insomnia, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Restless Legs Syndrome or any other sleep disorder, medical marijuana may be your answer to a better night’s sleep.

At DocMJ, we understand that good quality sleep is essential to living a healthy and happy life, and our team of experienced medical marijuana professionals is devoted to helping our patients find relief from disrupted sleep. If you believe medical marijuana is right for you, complete our easy, online eligibility survey today to find out instantly if you pre-qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation.

What Does Science Say?

The scientific research on medical marijuana as a sleep aid may still be developing, but according to the Sleep Foundation, “Among people who use cannabis for medical reasons, such as pain relief, as many as 85% say it improves their sleep” [1]. Researchers believe that marijuana’s sleep promoting effects result from the relationship between cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant and cannabinoid receptors in the human brain. “As far as how cannabinoids affect sleep, some research indicates that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific receptors, potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle” [2]. CBD is also used to treat chronic pain and anxiety, both of which can cause serious sleep disturbances.

Medical Marijuana vs Prescription Sleep Aids

Not only are people suffering from sleep disorders finding relief through medical marijuana, they’re finding relief with no negative side effects. Like many prescription drugs, drugs used to treat sleep disorders such as antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids often come with unwanted side effects. Common side effects of prescription sleep aids include appetite changes, constipation and/or diarrhea, dizziness, daytime drowsiness, attention and memory problems, and a high risk of dependence. “The FDA issued warnings for prescription sleep drugs, alerting patients that they can cause rare allergic reactions and complex sleep-related behaviors, including “sleep driving.” They also warned people that taking sleeping medication at night can impair their ability to drive or be fully alert — even the next day” [3]. When compared with prescription drugs commonly used to treat sleep disorders, medical marijuana is a much safer option that won’t cause dependence.

Get Quality Sleep with Help From DocMJ

Are you tired of feeling tired? If you answered yes, the DocMJ team is here to help you get the quality sleep you deserve! We’d love to answer your questions about qualifying for medical marijuana and are happy to help you schedule your risk-free appointment with one of our physicians. A DocMJ team member can be reached over the phone at (888) 908-0143 or by email at [email protected]. You can also visit our blog to learn more about medical marijuana and sleep disorders.

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