Affecting  over 100 million Americans, insomnia is the most prevalent of sleep disorders.  Previously the research on cannabis’ treatment on insomnia was limited by federal regulations, although several studies have shown that marijuana effectively improves the quantity and quality of sleep. If you reside around the California area, you can get an instant California medical marijuana card, and treat your insomnia through California’s laws which permit use of medical marijuana. 

Do you qualify for a medical marijuana card in California? 

California is among a handful of states that have eased access to medical marijuana. You will still need to talk to your doctor for state requirements for insomnia treatment, and whether you qualify. If you qualify, a written recommendation will grant you access to a medical marijuana card, and you can then get your dispensary to get your prescription.   
What is insomnia?
It is defined by recurrent difficulty getting to, and maintaining quality sleep. People with insomnia are up earlier than they’d like, unable to get back to sleep. 
Adult humans are prescribed not less than seven hours of sleep daily, and people with insomnia are often plagued by the effects of none-existent or poor quality sleep. 
Types of Insomnia
The Sleep Foundation casts insomnia into several categories;   
1.    Acute insomnia: This is brought about by a short period of difficulty sleeping. Reasons range from loss of a loved one, a job, or an upheaval of your normal schedule. With most people, treatment isn’t necessary.   
2.    Chronic insomnia: Getting to sleep takes longer, and the timeframe is anywhere between a few days a week to over three months with no quality sleep. 
3.    Comorbid insomnia: Usually, there’s an underlying issue leading to the insomnia. This can be depression, or anxiety or a back pain that leads to a lack of sleep. 
4.    Onset insomnia: This is where it takes longer than usual to get to sleep when one gets to bed
5.    Maintenance insomnia: If you have a problem getting back to bed once you wake up, then you are classified under maintenance insomnia. 
Is medical marijuana effective for Insomnia? 

Medical marijuana is a very effective treatment if you are suffering from insomnia. Users have reported that in comparison to normal sleep mediation, marijuana is more efficient, has users feeling great the next morning and doesn’t lead to a habit.  
For those with stress induced sleeping problems, medical marijuana reduces the nightmares that plague them, and improve sleep quality. One large group study reveled that cannabis is effective inducing good sleep. With the advice of a licensed professional, you can know which problems that may be remedied by medical marijuana use. 


Which insomnia symptoms does Medical Marijuana treat?  


Insomnia can manifest in many symptoms. Some marijuana strains that treat insomnia effectively include: 
•    Tahoe OG Kush
•    Purple Urkle
•    Godfather OG
•    Granddaddy Purple
•    Skywalker 
•    Gift and Ingrid

Here are some of the symptoms that medical marijuana can treat: 
1.    Dips in concentration: When you are not getting enough sleep, your body lacks focus and concentration, cannabis can improve this. 
2.    Headaches and migraines: Studies have shown that marijuana can treat headaches and migraines, which can be a result of poor quality sleep. 
3.    Anxiety: Lack of sleep can leave you feeling anxious, a result of battling insomnia. Marijuana has proven to be effective at combating both anxiety and depression. 
4.    Sleep during the day: Going against popular beliefs that marijuana only makes you calm and sleepy, sativa strains are able to give you the energy required to treat the drowsiness and sleepiness brought about by insomnia. 
5.    Irregular sleep cycle: Acting as an efficient sleep aid, marijuana can return an out-of-sorts sleep cycle and make a natural sleep cycle out of it. 


How to take Medical Marijuana to treat Insomnia. 


On your doctor’s recommendation, you can experiment with how you take in your marijuana. 
Smoking and vaping lead to faster effects, and are especially useful when you need instant relief. If you are awake especially because of pain, smoking helps to focus on sleep.  
 Easy come, easy go, and the faster the effects of vape and smoked marijuana wear on, the faster they wear off. This might lead to the effects thinning out during sleep, and brining back the insomnia you so badly wanted to get rid off. Smoking and vaping are also problematic for people with respiratory issues.
Enter cannabis edibles. They kick in later, but the effects are deeper and longer, and the wait for them to kick in is worth it. 


What are some of the causes of Insomnia?
Long-term insomnia is as a result of health or lifestyle issues.  Some of the issues include: 
•    Busy schedule: A professional and personal schedule can lead to sleep disruptions. Extrensive travel, an ever-changing schedule that confuses the rhythms that control the sleep and wake up ‘buttons’. This can lead to greater difficulties finding and keeping quality sleep.  
•    Mental health disorders: These disorders keep your brain active even when it should be resting. Depression and anxiety are the leading disorders that result in insomnia.
•    Medical conditions: Some illnesses can lead to a hard time falling asleep. Patients that live with cancer, diabetes, asthma, Alzheimer’s and an overactive thyroid also report insomnia. Treatment of the underlying disease leads to the easing off of insomnia.  
•    Stress: When you feel stressed about various parts of your life, you may have difficulty falling asleep because your mind works overtime at night. This can become worse during a major life change or trauma. Focusing on easing your stress may help minimize your insomnia symptoms. 
•    Stimulants: Caffeine and nicotine are some of the substances are considered stimulants and make it difficult to fall asleep. When you consume products with caffeine or smoke cigarettes, you may have more difficulty falling asleep. Alcohol can interrupt deep sleep, even if it makes you fall asleep initially, so you wake up in the middle of the night.
•    Sleep habits: An  iregular bedtime schedule and intermittent napping can throw off your schedule. You may also have problems getting to sleep if you eat late at night, are on a screen before bed or keep bright lights right before sleeping.
•    Medication: there are medications whose side effects include insomnia. Some prescription drugs for asthma, depression and blood pressure are known to trigger insomnia.  
Get your California medical marijuana card today to help treat your insomnia today!