New research helps end speculation on how cannabis improves sleep

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Insomnia is one of many conditions marijuana use is known to help

For many, it relaxes them and allows them to fall asleep. Cannabis has properties that help to fall asleep easily, deeply and for more hours than usual. In addition, it makes the user rest pleasantly while reducing the intensity of dreams and controlling breathing during the night. Even so, there is still speculation as to how this really happens or if it is really true. A new study has gone deeper into the relationship between sleep and cannabis, providing some answers to better understand the effects.

Not being able to fall asleep is something that millions of adults suffer from every day. However, there are many people who, for years, have been smoking cannabis before going to sleep to fight insomnia and rest in a pleasant way. They use it as a medicine capable of ending stress, and that relaxes those who consume it when it gets dark.

After being published in the Journal of Sleep Research, a new study reveals that cannabis has sufficient effects to be an effective treatment for insomnia. The National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Melbourne, Australia, conducted the study between May 2020 and May 2021 to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of medical cannabis oil on sleep in adults with insomnia.

A total of 29 people with self-reported clinical insomnia were randomized to receive a placebo or active oil with 10 mg THC and 15 mg CBD per milliliter for two weeks. To assess efficacy, the researchers analyzed midnight saliva melanin levels, verified questionnaires, and the Fitbit sleep/activity wrist tracker.

According to the results, medical cannabis oil was able to improve sleep quality, and even at least 60% of the participants were no longer classified as clinical insomniacs at the end of the 2-week trial. Overall, sleep quality improved by up to 80% in participants using cannabis. As a result, more than 95% of the subjects admitted that this product was an acceptable treatment for insomnia.

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