Together, Let’s find relief
and get you back to sleep.
First things first:
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a medical condition diagnosed by your doctor. When you have insomnia, you can’t fall asleep, cannot stay asleep, or you wake up too early and cannot fall back asleep.
An elusive restful sleep can be incredibly disruptive to your mental health and your physical well-being. If you’ve been diagnosed with insomnia, you may experience irritability, fatigue, depression, a lack of focus, or develop anxiety regarding sleep.
Struggling with sleep is a medical condition and a symptom.
Insomnia can be a medical concern in itself and a symptom or side effect of a medical condition you have. Diagnoses like chronic pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), or anxiety may disrupt your sleep. It’s important to pinpoint why you have insomnia so you address your sleeplessness correctly.
If you have been diagnosed with chronic insomnia and one or more of your major life activities is substantially limited, you may qualify for medical cannabis treatment. Importantly, cannabis does not help with all sleep issues, such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea. If cannabis isn’t the right solution for you, we encourage you to talk to your doctor to explore other options.
How can I develop the right cannabis routine for sleep?
When paired with a healthy bedtime routine, cannabis may help you fall asleep and stay asleep. The cannabis products you choose are shaped by how sleep disruptions affect you.
Flower, vapes, and topicals can take effect within 10-15 minutes.
Falling back to sleep
Capsules and tinctures take longer, but the effect may last for several hours
Try combining product types. Consider inhaled products and ingestibles.
Look beyond indica, sativa, and hybrid designations.
The words indica and sativa are terms that refer to the physical characteristics of the plant and are not always an indicator of the experience. It’s much more important to evaluate the phytocannabinoid and terpene profile to identity the best product for your needs
Think about terpenes.
Terpenes are natural components of plants that influence the taste, smell and experience of medical cannabis. Terpenes like Myrcene, Linalool, and Beta Caryophyllene are associated with unwinding and relaxing, but there are lesser known terpenes like Nerolidol that can have an impact as well.
Study the cannabinoids.
All sorts of cannabinoids – including THC, CBD, the minor cannabinoid CBN, and many more – impact your experience. This is called the entourage effect, and it can play a role in helping you get quality sleep. Understand the breakdown of all the product contains, and don’t rely on just one cannabinoid.
Which medical conditions impact sleep?
Some of the most common conditions that can interrupt quality rest are chronic pain, anxiety, and neuropathy. If you know that one of these conditions adversely affects your sleep, you may want to try a cannabis routine with these product types.
Inhaled medical cannabis takes effect quickly. Look for an even ratio of CBD to THC or higher levels of CBD to THC, which can help calm a racing mind. Products high in beta-caryophyllene may have an effect as well.
An ingestible releases into your bloodstream over a several hour period, which may help quell pain for longer stretches. You may also want to look for products high in terpenes like pinene.
Try a combination. An inhaled product can help you get comfortable, while an ingestible may help keep symptoms at bay for several hours. You can also try a tincture that has fast-acting and long-lasting impacts, called the biphasic effect.
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