Sleep-disturbed patients find relief from consuming cannabis, according to a new study published in the journal Addictive Behaviours, and published online by the National Institute of Health.
For the study, researchers at the University of California, the National Center for PTSD and John Hopkins University examined 163 adults who were recruited after purchasing medical cannabis for a physical or mental health condition at a legal dispensary in California. They provided self-report of “(a) whether cannabis use was intended to help with sleep problems (e.g. insomnia, nightmares), (b) sleep quality (PSQI), (c) cannabis use (including preferred type), and (d) symptoms of DSM-5 cannabis dependence.”
Researcher found that “81 participants reported using cannabis for the management of insomnia and 14 participants reported using cannabis to reduce nightmares. Individuals using cannabis to manage nightmares preferred sativa to indica strains”.
Individuals with current insomnia and greater sleep latency were more likely to report using strains of cannabis with significantly higher concentrations of CBD, while individuals who reported at least weekly use of hypnotic medications used cannabis with lower THC concentrations compared to those who used sleep medications less frequently than weekly.
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