Today is World Sleep Day, a time to bring focus to the prevalence of sleep issues around the world. In Canada, insomnia and sleep issues are reportedly common among adults.
“Short sleep duration and poor sleep quality are prevalent among Canadian adults. About one-third sleep fewer hours per night than recommended for optimal physical and mental health.” [CBC]
According to Statistics Canada, the recommended amount of sleep for those 18 to 64-years-old is seven to nine hours, and seven to eight hours for those 65 or older. Based on those recommendations, how does your sleep schedule stack up?
For those who suffer from insomnia or other sleep issues, they will try almost anything to get some shut-eye. The sleep aid market is a multi-billion dollar industry, but sleeping pills can come with very harsh side effects like dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and tingling in the extremities (to name a few). But the good news is, there is a safe and natural alternative that can help you sleep — cannabis.
THC is a proven painkiller. The origin of many sleep issues is rooted in chronic pain symptoms leading to disrupted sleep. A 2007 study in the Journal of Chemistry and Biodiversity saw a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD being applied to patients with a history of chronic pain. The results showed that 40 to 50 per cent of those involved were able to achieve “good or very good sleep quality”. — Dr. Ife Abiola, Medical Director at 420 Clinic
If you are looking to use medical cannabis for your sleep issues, generally speaking, you would want to opt for an Indica-dominant strain with THC first. At 420 Clinic, we make strain recommendations based on your specific condition and your specific symptoms. If you are interested in seeing if medical cannabis can help you, please book an appointment.