Study: Cannabis May Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A study publishedairway this week by the journal PLoS One, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis may provide a treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

For the study, researchers at the University of Illinois took rats with a form of sleep apnea and injected them with cannabis receptor antagonists (meant to mimic the effect of cannabinoids), as well as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

According to researchers; “These findings underscore the therapeutic potential of dronabinol [THC] in the treatment of OSA and implicate participation of both cannabinoid receptors in dronabinol’s apnea suppression effect.”

According to researchers, 9% of Americans experience obstructive sleep apnea, with that number on the rise.

The results of this study echo the findings of a study published last October in the journal Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology, which concludes; “These findings underscore a therapeutic potential of dronabinol for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.”


About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

1 comment

  1. wanda

    I think it would help people sleep its not a bad thing to use or have for that

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