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New Government Funded Study Finds THC Improves Sleep

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One of my favorite qualities about marijuana is it’s ability to help me sleep. I don’t know how many times I have been on a trip without marijuana and it is extremely difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Compare that to nights that I consume marijuana, and I sleep like a baby. It’s something that I try to point out to some of my senior friends who constantly complain about the poor quality of their sleep patterns. Maybe now that there is a study out, more people will consider using marijuana to help. See below:

Courtesy of The Joint Blog

new study published by the American Journal of Addiction, and funded in part by the National Institute of Health has found that THC - one of the primary components of cannabis – is “significantly associated with shorter sleep latency”, as well as “less difficulty falling asleep”.

For the study, “Thirteen male chronic daily cannabis smokers were administered oral THC doses (20 mg) around-the-clock for 7 days (40-120 mg daily) starting the afternoon after admission.”

Every morning, a questionnaire was completed by the participants, and “Plasma THC and 11-OH-THC (active metabolite) concentrations were measured in venous blood samples collected every evening. Changes in sleep characteristics over time and associations between sleep characteristics and plasma cannabinoid concentrations were evaluated with repeated measures mixed linear regression.”

Using this method, researches conclude; “Higher evening THC and 11-OH-THC concentrations were significantly associated with shorter sleep latency, less difficulty falling asleep, and more daytime sleep the following day.”

For anyone who has ever consumed cannabis, these results are certainly less than surprising. Still, being a government-funded study which indicates that cannabis can help with conditions such as insomnia, and even just standard sleep-troubles, it still holds some significance in validating cannabis as a medicine.

The study can be found by clicking here.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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  1. yet again another study done with only certain chems drawn out of the plant. If the study was of the plant in its entirety, differentiating between Indica and Sativa it would have shown better results. I know for a fact i sleep on Indica, there is none without it. It is quality sleep and it is irrelevant if it is for less time when i wake up well rested. Study the plant not just its future pill possibilities!

  2. Why don’t you try just using it when you need it? Instead of depending on cannabis to develop your sleep patterns.

  3. If you know of studies that show cannabis negatively impacts sleep quality, why don’t you share that information? Especially these studies which you say show that THC negatively affects dopamine.

    As to cannabis affecting motivation — although I’ve read stories of cannabis users who are described as lazy, that is not the fault of the plant. As a matter of fact, the majority of stories I’ve read show the exact opposite, especially when we’re talking about people using the plant medicinally — for most, cannabis leads to a whole new life.

    So, I’m calling you a spade for spreading rumors and innuendo. That’s not something you can do on The Weed Blog — we know our shit here.

  4. a sleep study that measures deep and REM sleep would be more accurate than self reporting. and despite the fact that I am pro legalization, the majority of facts show that pot negatively impacts sleep quality. There are many positives to pot, but it frustrates the crap out of me when pot advocates or activists refuse to see that the drug has ANY negative implications. The other downside of pot is that it DOES affect motivation. another negative pot activists don’t want to admit. The impact of THC on dopamine is undeniable. All I am saying is call a spade a spade.

  5. Cannabis will help you fall asleep, but the quality of sleep decreases. Any sleep aid, including THC, will do that.

  6. I’ve never had cannabis, and don’t smoke. But if I can ingest it, and it will help me sleep? GIVE ME.

  7. Cat Badacemama Hunt on

    Rainbow. I have struggled with insomnia since I was a child. Cannabis has always been the most effective in helping me sleep. I have since moved from Oregon to Oklahoma where medical cannabisis not yet legal. While I do have trouble sleeping and still rely on natural remedies such as melatonin and valerian root i dont feel it’s any worse than before.

  8. Has anyone who has used cannabis tincture for insomnia found that they became dependant upon it ? I smoked it for many years and then stopped and found that my physical and mental health improved greatly (but I am still 100% pro-legalisation), the only downside was that I have had insomnia for several years since stopping. However when I tried a few drops of tincture I had better sleep and none of the downside that I used to get from smoking. Will it help me to develop a healthy sleep pattern or make it even worse ?

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  10. Thanks for the links below Brian. I have been doing ‘research’ for close to 50 years. You side-stepped my question-comment with an offhanded slight. My question-comment was directly related to their prohibition guidelines that almost mirror the US model with a good amount of study thrown in for good measure. The simple fact is that while they do utilize the results they still have a model of repression toward MOST cannabis use in country…just like the US does.

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  13. They do use it. Do more research for yourself. The info is out there. Just watch Marijuana Miracle Cure 2 on the WealthTV channel. They give it to their troops on the battlefield as a first response to a concussion.

  14. Where do I sign up to join these studies??? With a list of health conditions a page long, they could study the affects of my smoking in all kinds of ways. And I’ve been using marijuana to help me sleep through the pain (and the insomnia that comes with some of my disease processes) for years. That’s in addition to the prescriptions that they give me to help, which don’t & have terrible side effects.

  15. That may be but the answer to this question is the important one … have they done anything with all that research besides follow the American DEA and government example of prohibition? Research is wonderful but if they dont use the results in a positive manner than it is a wasted effort. Kind of like Obama saying he would trust science to help guide him in cannabis reform……results……crickets.

  16. Okay after minutes of hearty belly rolling laughter ( I am not high I promise ) I had exactly the same thought. Hell I would have done it for free if they provided the cannabis. I love the fact they did another study but seriously there are 3 things about use that does not require research. 1) cannabis makes you high 2) it makes you hungry 3) it makes you relax = sleepy. If you are someone, out of the millions of users, that this does not happen to, maybe you need to be studied. ;)

  17. we are seriously behind in studies…Israel has been studying cannabis since the 70’s!!

  18. I think this is a big deal- a government funded study that finds beneficial effects of marijuana? A few short years ago, the government was forbidden to spend money to study medicinal benefits of marijuana.

  19. firetheliberals on

    Seriously, someone got paid to find out cannabis helps people sleep? The govt could pay me andbi will prove it