Study Finds Marijuana Use Associated With Improvements in Insomnia Patients

Marijuana consumption reduces the self-perceived severity of insomnia symptoms, finds a new study published by the journal Medicines.

For the study, titled Effectiveness of Raw, Natural Medical Cannabis Flower for Treating Insomnia under Naturalistic Conditions, researchers assessed the influence of marijuana use on perceived insomnia severity levels in 409 subjects. Participants recorded real-time ratings of their symptom severity on a zero to 10-point scale using a mobile software application.

According to the study, participants “experienced a statistically and clinically significant improvement (−4.5 points on a zero to 10-point scale) in perceived insomnia levels.” However, “products made with C. sativa were associated with less symptom relief and more negative side effects than products made from C. indica or hybrid plant subtypes.” In addition, “CBD potency levels were associated with greater symptom relief than were THC levels.”

Researchers conclude: “[O]ur results show that consumption of Cannabis flower is associated with significant improvements in perceived insomnia with differential effectiveness and side effect profiles.” They state that the widespread apparent use of cannabis as a sleep aid “underscores the importance of further medical research regarding its risk-benefit profile and the effectiveness of cannabis as a substitute for other substances, including alcohol, over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids, and scheduled medications (e.g., opioids and sedatives), many of which are used in part as sleep aids.”

For more information on this study visit the following link: http://www.mdpi.com/2305-6320/5/3/75/htm

Emily Watkins is a PhD student majoring in public policy. Emily has been a freelance editor for numerous websites, and has spent hundreds of hours volunteering to help legalize marijuana. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and can be reached at Watkins.MarijuanaHerald@Gmail.com.

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