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I’m a lifelong insomniac. Over the years, I’ve tried most everything: coffee abstinence, naps, no naps, Dramamine, going to bed early, going to bed late, melatonin, sleep aids with an antihistamine, exercise, and the ingestion of cannabis. mainly through vaping, though I’ve tried gummy bears, and smoking as well.
Everything but sleeping pills. I’m leery of them and many doctors, including my doc at the Veteran’s Hospital, are so down on them that they won’t prescribe them because of adverse side effects like confusion, dependence, and memory problems.
Unhappily, my insomnia has grown worse as I’ve aged. These last few years, I’ve been getting, on my bad nights, only an hour or two of sleep. On my good nights, I get four or so hours. That lack of sleep has started to interfere with my quality of life.
But I may have found a solution. I got the following sleep recipe from a friend of my wife: a half dropper of a tincture of cannabis/CBD (in a 1:1 ratio) and a half dropper tincture of pure CBD (the non-psychotropic flowers, leaves, and stems of the cannabis plant). A tincture is made by dissolving a drug or plant in alcohol. It’s a concentrated and easy way of imbibing the THC in cannabis. (Tinctures were the main form that cannabis medicine came in until the U.S. enacted laws prohibiting cannabis.)
By the way, this “medication” is not inexpensive. A small bottle (1 fl. oz.) of the THC/CBD tincture costs about 50 bucks. The small bottle of the tincture of CBD is about the same. I don’t know yet how long these bottles will last. I’m hoping for about a month. But if it works, it’s worth it to me.
If you want to add a cup of tea to this concoction, try a cup of chamomile tea, which, some say, has soporific capabilities.
Here’s how it works in practice. About an hour before bedtime, with the eyedroppers that came with the small bottles, I squirt .50 ml of each of the two tinctures under my tongue. I let it soak in for a few minutes and then finish it off with a cup of chamomile tea.
I’ve been taking this “medication” for a couple of weeks now, and the improvement in my sleep has been dramatic. Last night, for instance, I slept five hours straight. I haven’t done that in years. Then I got up, ate a bowl of cereal, and then went back to bed and slept for two more hours. Seven hours of sleep! Incroyable!
Is it possible that at the age of 83, I have finally solved my sleeplessness problem?
By the way, I live in a state, Oregon, in which it is legal to grow, sell, purchase, and ingest cannabis. In fact, just at the bottom of the hill on Highway 99, there are two upscale marijuana stores. In over twenty states, recreational marijuana is legal — and some of the others are in the process of making it legal.
Postscript: I’m not a doctor so you’re taking your chances when you follow my advice. Well, actually I am a doctor, but it’s the wrong kind. I’m the Jill Biden kind. Following Doctor Jill’s lead, I would appreciate it if you would address me from now on as Herr Doctor Professor. Thank you.
Here’s Bob the Dog after I laced his water with a heavy dose of THC/CBD.