“The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to”- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ask most 100 year-olds about the secrets to their longevity and their answers are generally quite simple: good food and lots of sleep. In fact, a recent study by United Healthcare found that 70% of surveyed centenarians slept at least 8 hours a night.
But while we can all agree that a good night’s sleep is essential to wellbeing, millions of Canadians cannot sleep soundly through the night. According to a 2011 study by Laval University, 40% of adult Canadians suffer from sleep disorders such as restless leg syndrome, sleep apnia and chronic insomnia.
The Laval University findings seem to be reflected in the number of prescriptions for benzodiazepines and other sedatives in Canada, which rose to more than 20 million in 2011, up from 16.4 million in 2006, according to market research firm, IMS Brogan. This statistic is particularly worrying when taking into consideration a 2012 study led by Dr. Daniel Kripke, co-director of research at the Scripps Clinic. Kripke’s study concluded that the risk of developing lymphoma, lung, colon or prostate cancer associated with hypnotics was greater than the effect from smoking.
Since medical cannabis has been available in Canada to those with diagnosed sleep disorders, thousands of Canadians have opted to use this natural alternative to prescription sedatives.
The science behind the efficacy of medical cannabis on sleep habits has to do with TetraHydroCannabinol (THC), one of the principal compounds of the cannabis plant.
According to a 2013 study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, “…Δ9-TetraHydroCannabinol (THC) stabilizes autonomic output during sleep, reduces spontaneous sleep-disordered breathing, and blocks serotonin-induced exacerbation of sleep apnea.”
Here at Plant Not Pills, we’ve had excellent feedback on a number of dried cannabis strains. One particular favourite is CannTrust’s Buddha Haze, a strong THC dominant (18%) sativa strain. Patients have also been enthusiastic about CannTrust’s 1:1 Cannabis Drops, a recent addition to their line of cannabis oils. For information about Buddha Haze or the 1:1 Cannabis Drops, call CannTrust directly at 1-855-794-2266.
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