Watch: Why Marijuana Could Replace Pharmaceuticals For Treating Insomnia

Digital publishing powerhouse ATTN: produced this quick video explaining some of the reasons cannabis could be a good replacement for Ambien, a sleep enhancing drug with a number of potential side effects - some of them quite severe.

For example, the video points out that the use of Ambien led to almost 20,000 emergency room visits in 2010. Ambien has also contributed to the deaths of patients who have overdosed using it. No one has ever died overdosing on marijuana.

Other reasons cannabis is a good Ambien alternative? It's been known to ease insomnia, help people fall asleep faster, and sleep more. Cannabis been used to treat sleep apnea, and weed doesn't have Ambien's side effects like daytime drowsiness, nausea, headaches, and loss of coordination.

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