Getting the proper amount of sleep each night is extremely important for your health. According to the American Sleep Association, approximately 60 million people struggle with a sleeping disorder. Furthermore, 30 percent of Americans experience insomnia, 10 percent of which struggle with chronic insomnia. In the United States, nearly 9 million people take prescription sleep aid. Many of these medications come along with a number of negative side effects. In recent years, many people have begun using medical marijuana for insomnia and other sleeping disorders, as it is both effective and low risk.
Why and Who
One of the many benefits of marijuana is that it has the ability to restore the sleep cycle. Using medical marijuana before bed can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. People experiencing chronic pain, anxiety, stress and other related symptoms can really benefit from medical marijuana. Additionally, those who have been diagnosed with PTSD can also benefit from certain cannabis strains.
Choosing the Right Strain
When choosing a cannabis strain for sleeping disorders, you’ll want to choose one with a higher THC level. THC has been shown to help induce sleep. You will want to select Indica over Sativa. Indica contains more THC and will bring about heavier, sleepy effects due to the concentration of relaxing, sedating terpenes. Sativa will have the opposite effect by energizing you. THC has the unique ability to reduce the REM cycle, also known as our dream state. This means that it will reduce nightmares as well, which is why it will benefit those that suffer from PTSD.
Harvard physician, Dr. Jordan Tishler, recommends choosing a strain with less than 20% THC. He warns that consuming too much THC before bed can have adverse effects, leaving you anxious and even paranoid. Long term use also has the potential to impair the quality of your sleep. Dr. Tishler also noted that while edibles may help you stay asleep longer, they can also take much longer to kick in, leaving you feeling groggy in the morning. The effects of smoking usually last less than 4 hours while it can take the liver up to 12 hours to to process edibles.
Your Best Option
Your best option is to smoke an Indica strain that contains less than 20% THC, at least 1 hour before bedtime. Keep in mind that not all sleep aids work the same, including medical marijuana. Dr. Tishler says that choosing a strain should be like choosing a tea. Everyone is different and may require a different blend. You should experiment with different strains until you find one that works for you.
If you’re a Florida resident that suffers from any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact us today to set up your free consultation. You can call us at (786) 224-4005, Schedule your appointment ONLINE, or stop in to one of our 12 Florida locations. It’s time to get a good night’s rest!
As of 2018, 30 US states and DC have legalized medical marijuana in some way, even while it remains against federal law. Only a handful of these states (Florida being the most recent) including DC, have legalized smoking medical marijuana.
It’s a huge win for the states that have already legalized medical marijuana. It has the ability to treat and heal so many different illnesses and symptoms. However, we must ask the question, “Why is smoking medical marijuana still taboo, when every other way of using it is perfectly acceptable?”
How Consuming Medical Marijuana Edibles Affects You
In order to feel the effects of eating medical marijuana edibles, you’ll have to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. This is because it takes time for the cannabinoids to be metabolized by the liver. The liver converts the cannabinoids into a metabolite that easily crosses the blood-brain barrier. This results in a much more intense high.
It’s much more common to overdo it when eating edibles when compared to smoking. Many first time users will only wait a few minutes, not feel anything, and then eat another serving or two. As a result, the delayed effects will come on much stronger than anticipated. It’s extremely important to wait the recommended amount of time.
There are many people that claim eating edibles is much safer than smoking. There are pros and cons to each, however, when consuming edibles regularly, you may want to choose healthier food options. Many times edible medical marijuana comes in the form of cookies, brownies or candy. Obviously, consuming foods like this on a regular basis could be bad for your health. You could try adding cannabutter (cannabis infused butter) or cannabis infused coconut oil to salad dressing, coffee, hummus or any other healthy option. It doesn’t always have to be in “sweets”.
How Smoking Medical Marijuana Affects You
By smoking, you are giving the cannabinoids a direct pathway to your brain. You will feel the results almost immediately, making overdoing it much less likely. Usually the effects of smoking medical marijuana will subside within an hour or so.
Questions have been raised as to whether or not smoking marijuana is safe, or healthy. Many state and federal lawmakers that are against the legalization of medical marijuana argue that smoking should remain illegal because it “may be dangerous”. Inhaling smoke of any kind comes with the risk of irritating or inflaming the respiratory tract. It’s important to note that no medical treatment is without risks.
The biggest issue with legalizing smoking medical marijuana is that it can be difficult to standardize and/or administer doses, properly. To date, there has not been extensive research, however, cannabis does offer some anticarcinogenic effects which may counteract any potential carcinogenic byproducts.
In summary, the United states is heading in the right direction. Every person in need of relief should have access to this incredible drug. Any medication that you take is going to come along with side effects. Medical marijuana has so many benefits to offer with even less risk than most federally approved drugs (no matter which way you use it.)
Luckily for Floridians, we will soon have full access to medical marijuana. On June 5th, 2018 the smoking ban was officially lifted. Flower is coming to Marijuana Doctor!
Are you a Florida resident in need of relief? Call Marijuana Doctor today, at (786) 224-4005 to schedule your free consultation with one of our highly qualified physicians. You can also book online or stop into one of our 12 Florida locations.
As the medical marijuana industry continues to grow, more and more products are hitting the market. A large portion of these medical products contain CBD. There has been this continuous debate surrounding CBD Isolate Vs. Full Spectrum Oil. Before we can address the differences between these two versions of medical cannabis, we must first go over what they are. Is one better than the other in terms of medicinal use?
What is CBD Isolate?
While the cannabis plant contains over 400 chemical entities, 85 are considered cannabinoids. Two of the most popular cannabinoids are CBD and THC. Both of these cannabinoids have the potential to treat a plethora of different disorders and symptoms. The biggest difference between the two is the fact that CBD does not get you high while THC does. This is why CBD is such a good option for medicinal purposes.
CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant through a method called CO2 Extraction. After extraction, the product is heated to make it non-acidic. The end product of this process is pure CBD, or CBD isolate. It will look like a powder or crystal. It can be consumed directly, through beverage or food, or even be applied topically. You will reap all of the benefits of CBD without any of the psychoactive effects.
What is Full Spectrum Oil?
Full spectrum CBD oil contains more than just CBD. This oil contains all of the other cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, including trace amounts of THC, as well as multiple terpenes and flavonoids. Recent studies have shown that all of these compounds working together are more beneficial to medical marijuana users.
CBD Isolate Vs. Full Spectrum Oil
CBD isolate is still a great option for patients with less severe symptoms. It’s also an excellent choice for those that are not yet legally allowed to use THC. Keep in mind that the other cannabinoids that are found in full spectrum oil can sometimes cause negative effects. Nevertheless, CBD isolate has shown to be an effective treatment for those suffering from inflammation, nausea, anxiety, depression, etc. It’s important to note that you should always speak with a qualified physician before beginning a new treatment plan.
Because full spectrum oil contains CBD as well as numerous other cannabinoids, it has the ability to treat a few extra symptoms. Due to the trace amounts of THC, full spectrum oil treats all of the symptoms that CBD does but it can also help users that suffer from epilepsy & seizures, decreased appetite and sleeping problems. Full spectrum oil has the ability to provide a higher level of relief.
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On November 8th, 2016, 71 percent of Florida voters showed their support for the legalization of medical marijuana. This legislation legalized vaporized, edible and oil forms of marijuana, however, it did not legalize smoking medical marijuana.
Orlando lawyer and medical marijuana advocate, John Morgan, filed a lawsuit on behalf of 2 patients. One of these patients suffers from HIV & neuropathy while the other has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease.) Both of these patients would benefit greatly from being able to legally smoke marijuana.
The State argued that smoking marijuana was not an effective medical treatment. Lawmakers also claimed that this was a clandestine attempt to legalize recreational pot.
Luckily, Judge Karen Gievers decided that the State’s argument was irrelevant. She said that the testimonies of the patients that have experienced the therapeutic effects of smokable marijuana were much more compelling than the testimonies of the State’s handpicked medical experts. As a result, Judge Gievers ruled the ban on smoking medical marijuana unconstitutional on May 25th 2018.
This was a huge win for the medical marijuana movement. Unfortunately, it didn’t end there. Devin Galetta of the Department of Health, filed an appeal which put an immediate stay on the ruling.
John Morgan has continued to fight for patient access to smokable medical marijuana. He said, “The voters of Florida wanted this. It was clear in the intent language and in the ballot language. Smoked marijuana is the most effective and quickest delivery system, period.” Morgan has also claimed the stay may have something to do with the relationship between politicians and ‘Big Pharma’. The opioid industry is booming. Pharmaceutical companies could potentially lose millions of dollars.
Furthermore, Morgan continues to call out Florida Governor, Rick Scott, saying that he has the power to drop the appeal. “(Scott) is going to have to explain to veterans and really sick people and people who have really bad injuries why you kept this going,” he said. He went on to say, “Rick Scott is the boss and the buck stops there.” Morgan claims by not doing so, he is “playing with political wildfire” since the majority of Florida voters voted in favor of all forms of medical marijuana.
Judge Gievers is supposed to make a decision on the appeal any day now. Morgan has also said that if he has to, he will expedite it to the State Supreme Court to force a resolution. Scott will be forced to move forward on a topic he’s been fighting against for years if the ban is lifted.
71 percent of Florida voters have agreed that smoking medical marijuana should be legal. Delaying access to this incredible medicine is cruel and unnecessary; no one should have to live in pain.
If you’re a Florida resident interested in becoming a Marijuana Doctor Patient, book your free consultation today!