What to Know About THC, CBD and Your ZZZ’s

Insomnia and other sleep problems may be improved with cannabis.

The past year has given us more reasons than ever to lose sleep. If you’re up in the middle of the night staring at the ceiling, worrying or aching or unable to relax, you’re not alone.

Of course, there are endless products, methods and drugs that promise to improve sleep, and some of them—we’re looking at you, extra-large serving of cough syrup—are not the healthiest. There is, however, a natural remedy that you might not have considered: marijuana for sleep.

When Silas Wonderling, PharmD, a pharmacist and general manager of the RISE Dispensary in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, sees a medical marijuana patient for the first time, he always asks about the quality of their sleep.

Trouble sleeping happens to most of us at some point. More than one-third of U.S. adults don’t get the recommended seven hours of sleep a night, and about 3 in 10 experience insomnia at least some of the time.

The real power of cannabis for sleep might be its ability to ease symptoms of anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain. And the ripple effects can be powerful: when people get better sleep, their health problems are less likely to flare during the day.

For beginners, start with a low dose of a product that’s balanced in its THC and CBD content with indica effects, meaning it’s more likely to promote calm and relaxation, rather than sativa, which can be energizing.

“When you’re not getting enough sleep, everything in life becomes harder,” Wonderling says. “We can help you figure out if cannabis might be useful for you and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle.”

Find a RISE Dispensary near you and give us a call or send us a message today.

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