Insomnia is an extremely common condition. There is not one of us who has escaped this entirely. When insomnia is mild and intermittent, it is just part of life. However, insomnia can become a very serious problem for many patients.
There are various kinds of insomnia and various ways in which insomnia presents itself. For some patients, the insomnia is just associated with difficulty turning off their brains when falling asleep. Otherwise these patients feel fine – if not tired. For them, the use of cannabis, generally of Indica ilk, works extremely well. They dose themselves in one of many ways: smoking, vaporizing, edibles, tinctures, etc. The success rate for these patients is very high.
The second type of insomnia, is where the patient falls asleep very easily, but keeps waking up. The typical awakening hours are 1 AM or 3 AM and then again around 5 AM. These long nights of clock watching are torture for most patients. Additionally, most find that just taking some cannabis at night is not enough. Even with nightly Indica, they still keep awakening. These patients do feel better than without any cannabis, but far from ideal. These patients almost always have daily and severe anxiety. On their days off, they often will medicate with Sativa strains, but during the week, it is tricky to medicate with Sativa strains. This is where I encourage my patients to use Sativa Tinctures. These are solutions made with alcohol/glycerin. They can easily be sprayed under the tongue, work very well and are very private. A proper tincture, properly used, will help with daily anxiety without causing any sedation or “high”. The patients soon find that the daytime Sativa treatment, solves their frequent awakening. Magic!!