Insomnia and Cannabis - Why It Works So Well

Getting high any time of the day is good for you. And if you have trouble sleeping, look no further than your favorite plant.



Cannabis has been used since ancient times to treat a multitude of illnesses, and it’s also long been known for its calming properties and for its ability to help people sleep better. In the 19th century, a certain Dr. William B. O’Shaugnessy returned to Europe after a trip to India, bringing along cannabis and encouraging doctors to prescribe it to their patients for many illnesses and difficulty sleeping.



Insomnia, generally described as difficulty falling or staying asleep, is extremely common. It affects around 30% of adults, and 40% of them also suffer from accompanying mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. Research shows that 95% of people who suffer from insomnia take sleep aids although many of these have side effects.


The Endocannabinoid System and Sleep




The endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for the benefits of cannabis in the human body, also plays an important role in regulating sleep. Research suggests that the presence of endocannabinoids in cannabis can increase sleepiness, and that suffering from insomnia may be caused by endocannabinoid deficiencies. The way to address this, is by consuming cannabis.