Having problems with your sleep is one of the most debilitating things that can happen to a human being. Our brains need sleep in order to function, and not getting enough sleep each night can lead to some serious health risks. It is very common for people who do not sleep well to experience physical and emotional symptoms and side effects related to not getting enough rest. There’s no way around it – we all need sleep! With that being said, it’s true that some people really struggle with being able to sleep.
My girlfriend is one person I know that really struggles to fall asleep at night, especially if she is anxious about something or stressed about the next day. While some people experience sleep problems in different seasons of life, related to a variety of factors. Other people experience chronic insomnia that can be linked to serious physical health or mental health conditions. Or, in some of the more dire cases, both at the same time. However, there is a difference between circumstantial and chronic insomnia.
Circumstantial insomnia, like I talked about earlier, happens to most people at least at some point in their lifetime. This type of insomnia can usually be treated by simply adjusting normal habits that could be contributing to disrupted sleep at nighttime. However, American health professionals say that you may have chronic insomnia if you have three or more nights of poor sleep per week for three months or more. In these cases, there may need to be some adjustments beyond simple habits or schedules. So, can cannabis be part of the solution for chronic insomnia? Let’s find out!
If you know anything about marijuana, then you’ll know that there are two main strains of cannabis that most other strains fall under: indica and sativa. Sativa is probably the more popular of the two strains, usually associated with feelings of energy and happiness, and positivity. This high is generally preferred by people who are still trying to function while using marijuana and don’t want to be falling asleep all the time. However, indica is often chosen for nighttime use.
Indica is a great type of strain for when you are just wanting to relax for the rest of the night and peacefully fall asleep on the couch with a big bag of flamin hot cheetos on your lap. All jokes aside, indica is a great strain for people who may be suffering from chronic insomnia. After all, getting poor sleep night after night is no joke. People who do not sleep enough often experience bad side effects like a lowered immune system, risk for cardiovascular problems, lowered sex drive, and memory problems. Do any of those sound appealing to you? Of course not. That is why it’s important to get enough sleep each night, even if you need to take medication to fight back against chronic insomnia.
So is cannabis the answer to your sleep problems? It might be, and it is definitely worth a try if marijuana is legalized in your state. It is also important to mention that there are a ton of indica strains out there that can have very different effects on you. However, they all have one thing in common: they will definitely put you to sleep.
So if you are looking for indica strains that are popular choices for people with sleep problems, here are some of our favorites – Ice Cream Cake, Bubba Kush, Mendo Breath, Blue Cheese, Grandaddy Purps, Northern Lights, and Slurricane (though you might experience some munchies on this one). Make sure to consult your doctor before using any of these, but cannabis may be the answer to your sleep troubles.