A report from The Marijuana Times investigates the current scientific studies and data that examine the effectiveness of marijuana to treat sleep disorders.
The more scientists find out about cannabis, the more the claims of some advocates are validated. It’s no secret that cannabis research has been stifled due to its illegality. Despite a lack of conclusive evidence on cannabis as an effective treatment for sleep disorders, many people swear that cannabis helps them sleep better than anything else.
Currently, cannabis can be prescribed to treat sleep disorders in 7 different states. Sleep disorders can describe one or more of the following:
-Insomnia – persistent, sometimes chronic inability to fall or stay asleep
-Sleep Apnea – disruption of breathing during sleep
-Restless Leg Syndrome – tingling or burning sensation in the legs
-Narcolepsy – overwhelming daytime drowsiness, sometimes to the point of irresistible bouts of sleep that can occur anywhere
-Parasomnia – abnormal or unusual behavior of the nervous system during sleep including sleepwalking, talking during sleep, grinding teeth, night terrors, head banging, etc.
Studies have shown that cannabis can help treat sleep disorders. Here are the ways:
-Reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep
-Help experience fewer times waking up at night
-Help people suffering with PTSD to have fewer nightmares
-Can increase stage 3 sleep