Anxiety and Insomnia

Do you struggle with insomnia? Have you found most medication to be ineffective? Prescribed cannabis might be the solution.

Initially, not much was known about cannabis usage for insomnia in persons with depression, anxiety, and other comorbid conditions (Kuhathasan et al., 2022, p. 1). Disturbances in the sleep–wake cycle are a fundamental feature of the pathophysiology of mood and anxiety disorders. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder, and it might present itself as a comorbid condition on both the symptom and/or condition levels. Likewise, insomnia prevalence rates of 70–90% have been conveyed among those with anxiety disorders, with co-occurring insomnia that is linked with a greater risk of anxiety disorders over the lifetime (Kuhathasan et al., 2022).

Interest in the usage of cannabis products for therapeutic purposes has risen significantly with the current legalization of the drug in several countries (Kuhathasan et al., 2022, p. 2). A broad range of therapeutic benefits have been reported with cannabis use, notably including a benefit with sleep. To create an improved understanding of the distinct profiles of cannabis usage for insomnia management, Kuhathtasan et al. (2022) undertook a retrospective cohort study on a large naturalistic sample population. The study investigated cannabis use profiles and self-believed symptom recovery for insomnia in those with depression, anxiety, and comorbid anxiety and depression through crowdsourced health data (pp. 4–5). A large group of participant scores before and after one’s cannabis use suggests that there is a significant self-believed benefit of the usage of cannabinoids for insomnia.

It may be worthwhile to discuss with to your physician to see if medical cannabis is a good choice for you. Additionally, if you have anxiety or depression that is affecting your quality of sleep, let me know and we can work to resolve it with regular video therapy sessions. You can email to book your free consultation.

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Kuhathasan, Minuzzi, L., MacKillop, J., & Frey, B. N. (2022). An investigation of cannabis use for insomnia in depression and anxiety in a naturalistic sample. BMC Psychiatry, 22(1), 303–303.