Medical marijuana can help treat anxiety and insomnia. If you are considering using marijuana to treat anxiety or insomnia, Dr. Mark Kurzman offers consultation and education to residents of the Santa Monica and Los Angeles areas.
What is Anxiety and Insomnia?
Anxiety is defined as excessive and constant worrying that is hard to manage and causes a lot of distress.
Insomnia is when a person does not get enough sleep. Most people need between 7.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep per night—but many people do not get even close to that much sleep.
What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety and Insomnia?
People with anxiety have excessive worry that is hard to control. They can also have muscle tension and irritability. They may also get tired easily. They can feel restless and have trouble concentrating as well.
People with insomnia can suffer from difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, or early morning awakenings. They also have trouble functioning during the day due to their lack of sleep.
How Much Does Anxiety and Insomnia Treatment Cost?
The cost of using medical marijuana for anxiety and insomnia is approximately $100 to $200 dollars per month. This cost may vary depending on the amount of medical marijuana needed.
How is Medical Marijuana Used to Treat Anxiety and Insomnia?
Patients with anxiety and insomnia are typically treated with whole plant medical cannabis. Mark Kurzman, MD uses whole plant cannabis oil in two forms: sublingual administration or capsules taken orally.
What Are the Benefits of Anxiety and Insomnia Treatment with Medical Marijuana?
Anxiety can affect many people and often times can be crippling. Cannabis and more specifically CBD can help with the symptoms of anxiety. Cannabis is a much safer option than benzodiazepines. At times, patients are able to decrease or stop their other medicines for anxiety after being treated with whole plant cannabis.
Many patients benefit from using medical marijuana to treat their anxiety and insomnia. When using cannabis to treat anxiety, people feel calmer and more relaxed. They are also able to be alert, as marijuana (specifically CBD) is non-sedating, as opposed to the sedating effects of benzodiazepines. Using benzodiazepines to treat anxiety can also lead people to become dependent and become addicted, which does not occur with whole plant CBD.
Sleep is essential for optimal physical and mental health. Cannabis can help people improve their sleep. It can decrease early morning awakenings and helps people fall asleep as well.
People with insomnia can benefit greatly from medical marijuana. They are able to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer. At times, they are also able to stop using their other medicines that treat insomnia.
If you are considering trying medical marijuana or you have tried it but need further guidance from a medical professional, please contact Dr. Mark Kurzman to schedule your initial consultation. We welcome patients from Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Mid-City, and Venice.