Although there are many remedies available for the one-in-ten Canadians living with insomnia, many choose to use medical cannabis to get their shut-eye. Strainprint has taken an in-depth look at over 35,000 patient outcomes from over 2,700 Patients tracking their medical cannabis Sessions to treat insomnia on the Strainprint app. Cannabis is a viable treatment option for insomnia for many people since the cannabis plant contains chemicals that interact with the body to help regulate sleep. When cannabis is consumed, many physiological changes occur–and these changes are as unique as each individual using medical cannabis. On average, cannabis improves sleep by 45%. But that is not the case for everyone.
Consumption behavior and reported efficacy vary by age and gender, as well as by the types of cannabis products used, individual chemovars, and methods of consumption.One of the common themes that emerged is gender difference among those treating insomnia. Women log more sessions for insomnia than men, although the age of the heaviest user varies between genders. Among females, 35-54 year olds comprise the greatest number of sessions, while among males, it’s 18-34 year olds. Preference for the type of cannabis consumed also varies. Almost eight-in-ten times a male logs a session, he is using dried flower, while females use flower for fewer sessions.
Based on our data, the individual chemovars consumed and their reported efficacies also vary widely–potentially shattering the widely held “indica=in da couch” convention. The most efficacious products reported among women include indicas, sativas, balanced hybrids, and cannabidiol (CBD)-dominant products, while men prefer indicas. Analysis of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD ratios among the top-reported chemovars also vary widely–and there is no single formula that appears to work best. For females, a high THC, low CBD ratio works just as well as a 1:2 THC:CBD product. And, for males, high THC ratios appear to work best. These data also indicate that terpene profiles within each product play a very important role and should be considered when choosing products to treat insomnia. This report offers insight into what medical cannabis users of the Strainprint mobile app find most helpful, although each person has their own body chemistry, which responds differently to cannabis. Patients should always consult with a physician, preferably one with medical cannabis experience, before starting any treatment.