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Can I treat insomnia with marijuana after a concussion?

I sustained a minor concussion three weeks ago, and though my logical and linguistic faculties seemed to return to normal within a couple days, I have had persistent feelings of pressure and weakness in my head, though these have markedly diminished within the past week. At present, I have recovered enough that I am able to use the computer (with the monitor at low brightness) for simple tasks like reading and writing emails. I have always had a hard time falling asleep, and before the accident I semi-regularly used a small amount of marijuana (a couple “hits” through a vaporizer) at bedtime to alleviate the insomnia. I haven’t used drugs or alcohol since my injury, but as of this past week, my insomnia has once again made it difficult to sleep. I have tried Melatonin suppliments, herbal tea, and meditation, but none of these has been particularly helpful. I would prefer not to try stronger sleeping pills. My question: is a similar regimen likely to injure my brain/slow my recovery, or would it be reasonably safe at this point to try using a small amount of marijuana before bed?
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Hm, I'd talk to your doctor.  Is the insomnia still going on?  One of the best things for insomnia after head injury is CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy.  Basically paying really close attention to your sleep hygiene and things you do before bed. Limit caffeine is a no brainer (sorry for pun) and making sure not to do activating things leading up to bed as well.  

Use of marijuana is really such that there is limited information no matter if it is all the rage or not.  Lots of 'shops' and self deemed experts will tell you it is always safe and will cure everything.  I personally would not use unless my doctor okay'd.  And information on it's use with concussion is just not there to say if it is safe or not.  Even in literature supporting marijuana use it states that if you develop any side effects to speak to your doctor right away.  If you do decide to use it, the thought is to go LOW and SLOW.  

It is interesting how common insomnia is after concussion.
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