This article can help you understand the correlation of cannabis for nighttime to two prevalent disorders. Cannabis offers a lot of help as another safe alternative for an option.
Cannabis in Canada
Wild in the tropical and temperate areas of the world, the plant genus Cannabis L. and its well-known species; Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica are found. Cannabis is one of the widely consumed substances in the world along with alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco.
It has over 400 chemical contents and of which, there are over 60 cannabinoids present but Cannabis L. is known more for its major 2 cannabinoid compounds: the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the cannabidiol (CBD).
Medical properties of THC include increasing appetite and reduce nausea, pain, inflammation, and muscle control problems. Meanwhile, CBD is not a psychoactive drug. It is thought to be responsible for the majority of the medical properties of Cannabis which are very useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizure and is currently being researched for mental illness and addictions.
Statistics Canada released the results on National Cannabis Survey last August 15, 2019, and out of 37.59 million Canadians, over ¾ were recorded using cannabis and there are 619,041 citizens registered as medical marijuana clients and by year 2020 number is expected to rise to 715,000.
Cannabis for Mental Illness
National Survey data indicate that substance use disorders or SUDs have a high comorbidity with illness. Research data also shows that regular cannabis use is at least twice as common among mental disorders such as depressive and anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a mental disorder that may result in individuals after and exposure to a traumatic event/s, may it be experienced or witnessed which causes a psychological reaction.
Traumatic events can include interpersonal violence, disasters, major accidents, crime, and war. PTSD is common in child abuse, sexual violence, and combat.
PTSD is characterized by persistent re-experiencing of the event; either by intrusive memory recall or nightmares and is usually accompanied by intense emotional anxiety and physiological reactivity like elevated blood pressure and heart rate. Individuals with PTSD also have a hard time coping at work or school and in social or family life.
These specific symptoms, psychological and physiological, can affect individuals of any age, gender, or culture though it varies between individuals.
It also has been recorded that there are 9.2% of the Canadian population that is affected by PTSD.
PTSD and Cannabis
In a 2013 study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence showed the prevalence of substance abuse among patients who suffer from PTSD. This study found that the motivation to use substances was used for sleeping difficulties.
Psychotherapy and medication are available to help individuals diagnosed with PTSD, who are suffering from emotional instability and possibly substance abuse.
THC and CBD are capable of helping the treatment of individuals affected through preventing nightmares, retrieval of the traumatic incident and memory recall, which in turn helps attain emotional well-being.
When consumed cannabinoids are taken inside by your body and start their functions. They will trigger the body to release certain neurotransmitters, as a result, you will be in an elevated state of mind with happiness and pleasure.
Cannabis has emerged that its effectiveness can be another option and way to help patients who suffer from PTSD cope through a safer alternative.
Insomnia: cannabis for nighttime use
Sleep disorders affect up to 40% of Canadians that encompass; insomnia, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, low energy, and nightmares. Insomnia is the most prevalent disorder.
Insomnia has been associated with physical and mental illnesses; however, it can also be a symptom of another condition or disorder.
About 3.3 million Canadian are recorded to have insomnia. On average they have 6.5 hours of sleep while many got so far less than.
People with insomnia have difficulty in falling asleep, remaining asleep, early morning awakening or non-restorative sleep and also may have trouble remembering, concentrating or accomplishing daily tasks and are affecting the individuals on a situational, recurrent or chronic basis. This affects them to be a relatively high risk of accidents.
Insomnia and Cannabis
Under the genus Cannabis, there are 2 species, widely known as C. sativa and C. indica. Sativa strains are well known for its energizing and uplifting effects which is great for daytime use and for individuals who suffer from daytime fatigue due to lack of sleep. Meanwhile, C. indica strains are known for its sleep-inducing qualities and relaxation effects. Indica strains are more appropriate for nighttime use to help relax the muscles and mind, producing a deeper sleep.
Listed and briefly described below are some indica strains that can help.
God’s Gift’s THC levels can range from 18-25 percent. After consuming this strain, expect to experience food cravings so it is advised to avoid too much sugar which might hinder you from sleeping.
- G-13 contains a 20-24 percent THC where you can expect euphoria with a potent sedation.
- Kosher Kush has a 20-25 percent THC level so sedation should also be expected.
- Critical Kush has THC levels of 20-25 percent that offer wonderful lemony pine flavor for insomnia, stress and anxiety issues.
- MK Ultra has a THC level up to 23 percent that delivers numbness that can help.
- Grandaddy Purple has a THC level as high as 23 percent and offers delicious sweet and fruity notes.
- Purple Kush contains a THC level of 27% and is one of the most popular and widely used indica strains for medical purposes.
THC can induce sleep and also reduces the number of awakenings during the night. The other cannabinoid CBD is known for its relaxing and soothing effects. As a result when you take cannabis, your night sleep should be relaxed, calming and last till the morning without any awakenings and dreams.
Since THC and CBD helps with both PTSD and insomnia, it is worth noting that cannabis edibles can take effect up to an hour but will last up to 6-8 hours, therefore, consuming cannabis edibles around an hour before bedtime, can work extremely well to help get a full night’s sleep. Anyone with legal age and sleep disorders can use cannabis for nighttime and enjoy good night sleep.
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