It is common to call someone Kumbhkaran when they sleep a lot. Kumbhkaran would sleep for six months at a stretch. His portrayal is that of a good character and a great warrior in Ramayana. Well, we can always debate whether his long sleeping habit played a role in making him a good warrior or not. One thing we know is a good sleep is critical for healthy life and productivity. The idea is not to compete against Kumbhkaran but to sleep well. And more importantly, understand the role cannabis medicine plays in helping us sleep better.
Sleep is one-third part of our daily life. Sleep is essential for better brain functioning, mood regulation, a healthy heart, immunity, and so much more. It is visible how important they are for us. However, adults in India are not getting enough sleep. A study estimated 33% of the Indian adult population is suffering from insomnia. Across the globe, 10-50% of the population suffers from insomnia.
Public health is the backbone of any economy. The productivity loss incurred due to sleep disorders is mammoth. For the United States of America (U.S.A.), the annual productivity loss amounts to $ 63 billion. The additional healthcare cost due to insomnia in the U.S.A. is $100 billion. The total population of people above the age of 20 years is around 600 million in India. The productivity loss that India is incurring is gigantic. Sleep disorders reduce the quality of life. At a collective level, they hurt economic prosperity.
Pharmaceutical drugs exist that help in inducing sleep.
Synthetic chemical-based medicines do half the job but bring challenges. Overdosing on sleeping pills can be lethal sometimes. The need remains to regulate sleep patterns with better alternatives. For the same, medical cannabis comes out as a viable option. So far, there are no known deaths due to the overconsumption of cannabis.
Cannabis is a natural sleep inducer and regulator. One of the medicinal uses of Cannabis Leaf mentioned in Ayurveda Pharmacopeia of India is for ‘Anidra’ (insomnia). (A.P.I. Page 166)
The endocannabinoid system (E.C.S.) in the human being maintains many physiological systems such as memory, pain, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, immune function, and more. The E.C.S. is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins. The two known receptors are CB1 and CB2. Cannabinoids (constituents of cannabis) affect the brain and body by binding to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, modulating the sleep-wake cycle. Cannabinoids reduce the rapid eye movement (R.E.M.) cycle, which means lowering dreams for P.T.S.D. patients and reducing nightmares.
The impact of medical cannabis on sleep is reasonably visible in multiple published journals. The below infographic is on a published study where people used cannabis for sleep improvement.
The critical takeaway is 83% of people found cannabis useful for sleep. The use of full-spectrum CBD oil (full-spectrum extract) for better sleep is well known and demonstrated. The evidence comes from the ancient texts as well as from multiple studies that affirm the same.
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The burden of insomnia is real on individuals and also on a collective level. It can be a condition developed due to other health challenges, be it pain, anxiety, depression, etc., or exist independently. The desire is to find an efficacy-driven solution that promotes sleep and does not harm people in the long run. Medical cannabis comes out as a viable alternative for sleeping well.
Prevalence of chronic insomnia in adult patients and its correlation with medical comorbidities Link
Economic Burden and Managed Care Considerations for the Treatment of Insomnia Link
Sleeping Pill Overdose Risk Link
The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India Part- I Volume – I Link
Can You Use Cannabis to Restore Your Natural Sleep Cycle? Link
Cannabis temporarily relieves PTSD symptoms, study suggests Link
Use of Cannabis to Relieve Pain and Promote Sleep by Customers at an Adult Use Dispensary Link
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