MMJ for Sleep Disorders

Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc.

Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc.

Sleep disorders consists of a group of disorders that disrupt normal sleeping habits, like insomnia, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy. When one doesn't get the proper amount or high quality of sleep, this can have adverse side effects on other aspects of health and safety. It can decrease physical performance and alertness, impair memory and cognitive abilities, increase risk of occupational and automobile injuries, and prevent participation in certain activities. Studies show cannabis can increase the duration and quality of sleep. 

THC reduces the time it takes for insomnia sufferers to fall asleep and decreases the amount of times someone wakes up during the night. One study found those who regularly consumed THC fell asleep faster than those who did not. Another study found acute administration of cannabis facilitated the falling asleep process and increased stage 4 of sleep. An animal trial found a synthetic cannabinoid similar to THC attenuated seratonin-induced apnea by relaxing facial and mouth muscles associated with the disorder. Cannabinoids may also help those who suffer from nightmares associated with PTSD. CBD, on the other hand, has been associated with increased wakefulness, so it could be beneficial in treating the side effects of sleep deprivation throughout the day.

This information has been adapted from Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.