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Chronic Insomnia by Anonymous

Julie Gardener

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I'm a married male in my mid-forties with one child. I work in the visual media. Over the year I've suffered from chronic insomnia and tried numerous therapeutics to deal with my sleeplessness. Lately it has grown more severe, threatening my ability to keep my job and drive a car safely. I tried a number of prescription products with varying success before accidentally finding cannabis to be an excellent hypnotic (sleep aid). I view my use of cannabis as a medical necessity and derive none of the psychotropic benefits touted by others, other than the pleasure of knowing that I'm going to get a good night's sleep.

Prescription medications for insomnia are intended only for short-term use, but unfortunately, insomnia is not a short-term problem for me. The prescription hypnotics I've used are at best effective only 70% of the time. I find that cannabis is effective for me 95% of the time. My wife is in the health care field and has been very supportive.

My first experience with smoking cannabis was several decades ago in college. I remember it as a pleasant experience — some call it a "cerebral buzz." I started growing my own cannabis, hoping that using it for recreational purposes might indirectly relieve my insomnia. By trial and error I found that it worked best for me when I cooked and ate it. The effects take 2 to 3 hours to be felt and are gentle, bringing on a very natural sleep. When I wake up in the morning I feel great and very rested. My sleep is deep and uninterrupted.

I've been growing and using cannabis as a sleep aid for the past six months. I now use it five nights a week. I have found that most recipes are too time-consuming or use too much oil, and I've developed a simple method of preparation which works for me. I gently sauté a couple of tablespoons of cannabis (bud and leaf) in 1 to 2 tablespoons of melted butter. I heat the plant material until I smell it starting to fry and see it turn slightly brown. I make sure that all the plant material is coated with the butter. Then I turn the heat off. The whole process takes not more than 10 minutes. I put the finished product on toast, which helps to soak up any residual butter, and eat it. The buds and leaf I use are picked from the plant when more than 50% of the lower leaves have turned brown; I believe this yields the best results for initiating sleep.

I prefer oral ingestion because the effects last longer than smoking and allow me to get the sleep I need. My research suggests that cannabis works in part by modulating the activity of the hippocampus, which may affect one's ability to fall asleep. Some prescription hypnotics share similar characteristics. Although cannabis modulates normal sleep architecture it is still better than no sleep architecture at all.

Since I've been growing my own I've had no difficulties with the law. I abide by three rules. 1. Tell nobody. 2. Show nobody. 3. Sell to nobody. I grow the plants in my home and only for my own needs.

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SecretVapor

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I've tried all different strands for insomnia but for some reason weed just fires me up. I want to read/ search/ write and do things. Do you find that edibles are more mellow than say vaporization?
 

420 Motoco

Member of the Month: October 2014 - Member of the Year: 2014
Hi Julie Gardner,

Lack of sleep is the mother of all illness it can cause. Your answer is very simple and not only effective but will do so many things more. Any thing digested while is an excellent sleep aid it doesn't touch .....Cannabis Concentrated oil. Find your favorite Indica x Indica like Master Kush/Afgan Kush and recently Blueberry worked excellent also. The LEAST amount of Sativa the better to make a night time concentrate. Smoking has some benefits for sure ... the true medical value lies in the concentrate taken properly. With a good strain of Indica using the oil you will sleep like a BABY and I mean BABY and wake up clear headed looking forward to the morning light. Read this link on dosing using RS RSO oil. You would be interested in the PM/Wellness dose. Check it out you owe it to yourself. You will be so much better in one week. Anymore questions after you read the dosing instructions (should read the thread to learn more about digesting and smoking). 420 Magazine ®

Hope this helped and feel better soon.

Motoco 1982
 

420 Motoco

Member of the Month: October 2014 - Member of the Year: 2014
I've tried all different strands for insomnia but for some reason weed just fires me up. I want to read/ search/ write and do things. Do you find that edibles are more mellow than say vaporization?

Excellent analogy SecretVapor on the smoking part. Edibles are more of a mellow high and last longer...thing is you don't know exactly when it wants to do its thing...lmao.
 
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