December 15, 2021 08:00 am ETEstimated Read Time: 3 Minutes
Humans come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s one particular thing that we all have in common—we rely on sleep for optimum health and well-being. Aside from helping to maintain a strong immune system, a consistent sleep pattern can also contribute to weight control, steadier blood sugar, a healthier heart, and enhanced mood.
This is good news for cannabis consumers since a team of Canadian investigators recently revealed that insomniacs reported improvements in their sleep patterns after cannabis consumption. Published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the fresh data suggests that the cannabinoids found in cannabis, such as THC and CBD, may have potential as a treatment for sleep deprivation.
Titled “The Use of Cannabinoids for Insomnia in Daily Life: Naturalistic Study,” this investigation reaffirms the findings of previous discoveries exposing the natural substance’s ability to restore natural sleep cycles.
Treating Insomnia With Cannabinoids
After teaming up with McMaster University in Ontario, the sleep study’s research team analyzed cannabis consumption use trends in 991 people who identified themselves as insomniacs. All of the study subjects self-administered cannabis products from the comfort of their own home.
After consuming cannabinoids for insomnia, the participants utilized a mobile software application to report any symptomatic changes in real-time. The investigators assessed report findings from more than 24,000 cannabis consumption sessions, which were input into the application over three years that stretched from February 2017 to February 2020.
Apply For Your Medical Marijuana Card Today
Veriheal has satisfied hundreds of thousands of patients nationwide
Get approved or your money back
Appointments available on-demand
Customer support available 24/7
“[The] results from this large naturalistic sample of medicinal cannabis users who tracked their insomnia symptoms before and after cannabis use suggest significant improvements in insomnia symptoms,” wrote the researchers. While all of the consumed cannabis strains delivered promising results for the management of insomnia, indica-dominant and hybrid strains appeared to be more sleep-friendly than CBD-heavy and sativa-dominant strains.
The team concluded that the observed improvement in insomnia symptoms demonstrates the cannabis plant’s suitability as a treatment option. However, more research and randomized placebo-controlled trials must be conducted to support more customized treatment plans for those suffering from insomnia.
Previous Research on Cannabis and Sleep
The findings of the university’s study into cannabis for insomnia are congruent with the outcome of a 2018 study investigating people who consumed herbal cannabis before sleep. According to the results, each cannabis consumer “experienced a statistically and clinically significant improvement (4.5 points on a zero to 10-point scale) in perceived insomnia levels.”
A literature review of existing research suggested that CBD specifically may hold therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia. In particular, this review highlighted how the non-psychoactive cannabinoid could hold promise for REM sleep behavior disorder and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Another study titled “Cannabinoid therapies in the management of sleep disorders” also delivered promising preliminary evidence into cannabinoid therapies among people who suffer from nightmares caused by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea.
It’s not yet proven whether CBD, THC, or a combination of the cannabinoids is more ideal for sleep, but the researchers who conducted the latest study note that their findings provide logical grounds for future research. “There is a clear need for further investigations on the safety and efficacy of cannabinoid therapies for treating sleep disorders using larger, rigorously controlled, longer-term trials,” they stated in the report.
Have you ever become so involved with an activity that you forget about about everything else? Did this leave you feeling like you were completely present or “in the zone”? In positive psychology, such experiences characterize a state known as “flow.” Flow is a cognitive state where a person is completely immersed in an activity,…
Navigating the laws on traveling with medical marijuana (MMJ) is incredibly confusing with the current global stance on cannabis. In the U.S., some states are okay with you bringing your medicine with you as long as you can prove your patient status, while other states are staunchly against it altogether, leaving MMJ patients in a…
Cannabis edibles are a preferred method of consuming cannabis by both retail consumers and medical cannabis patients alike. But just how long do they last? Let’s explore the shelf life of edibles, how to store them, and what to do if they go bad. What Are Edibles? Common Types of Edibles How Long Do Edibles…
People have been smoking joints for a long time. The first rolling papers surfaced around the early 1500s in Alcoy, Spain. These weren’t like the rolling papers we know today though. To start, these papers were intended for tobacco, not cannabis. They were made of hemp along with other textiles and lacked an adhesive gum…
Just in time for the holidays, the Jet Lag strain brings a smoking experience completely different than what the name suggests. Jet Lag is an energizing sativa that settles into a creative, silly high. And for an anxious flower-lover like me, this strain was the first step in my journey to finding the perfect cannabis…
The statements made regarding cannabis products on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cannabis is not an FDA-approved substance and is still illegal under federal law. The information provided on this website is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be considered as a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. We strongly recommend that you consult with a physician or other qualified healthcare provider before using any cannabis products. The use of any information provided on this website is solely at your own risk.