Since I was in high school, I struggled with sleep issues.
- The problem became worse as I grew older.
When I’m stressed, sleep is just about impossible. If I have due dates for projects at work, there’s no hope of falling asleep at night. My mind won’t shut down. I’ve tried all the recommended home remedies. I’ve stayed away from computer and television screens in the evening. I’ve added intensive aerobic exercise to my daily routine. I have sprayed my pillow with lavender and drank all different flavors of herbal teas. Nothing helped. I was unwilling to take sleeping pills or any type of prescription medication. Lying in bed awake for hours and feeling exhausted in the morning is awful but better than the side effects of synthetic drugs. The legalization of recreational weed in Michigan changed everything. I had been reluctant to go through the work and expense of getting a medical marijuana card that expired in a year. The ability to visit a dispensary in Muskegon has allowed me to purchase cannabis products that help me sleep. Because it’s a plant-based, all-natural medicine, cannabis is safe and eliminates concerns with harmful side-effects. My local weed shop carries a wide assortment of indicas and hybrids that are ideal for treating insomnia. I like the quick onset of effects of tinctures, vapes and pre-rolls. However, I also have had success with edibles. While they take longer to set in, the effects are more intensive and last for hours. I eat a gummy, piece of chocolate or a part of a cookie about a half hour before bed. They taste good and allow me to relax. My mind settles down and the tension leaves my muscles. I am so thankful that I have easy access to the dispensary in Muskegon.