Ongoing research continues to confirm what cannabis users have known for decades
Sleep is not for the old, the retired, or those who won the lottery and don’t have to work. It is a necessity that humans cannot do without. Still, for most adults in the world, it is one of the hardest things to get, and getting it right has become a challenge. People with anxiety and depression are more prone to this type of condition; however, according to a new study, cannabis has a positive impact on sleep in this population.
Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder in the general population. It consists of a reduction in the ability to sleep and can manifest itself in two ways: making it difficult to fall asleep in less than half an hour or producing problems in maintaining sleep. Experts have made it clear that insomnia can worsen the symptoms of depression, leaving people in a cycle from which it is difficult to escape.
Fortunately for many suffering from this condition, cannabis has begun to gain popularity thanks to its therapeutic benefits, which, in part, are essential to having a good night’s sleep. The latest study aims to test whether marijuana provides real benefits for people with depression and/or anxiety to sleep like babies.
Nirushi Kuhathasan, the author of the study, sought help from colleagues to analyze data from different patients with depression, anxiety, and both. The follow-up took place over three years, during which the participants used an app in which they recorded their insomnia symptoms as well as details of their cannabis use.
After sharing those details, the idea is that they would rate their symptoms again. The results found that indica and cannabidiol-dominant (CBD) strains were preferred by patients with depression, while those with both conditions sought out indica and indica-hybrid strains.
Cannabis appeared to significantly help participants in the depressive condition who were less than 45 years old. For participants in the anxiety condition, cannabis use appeared to alleviate symptoms in all ages, especially those aged 35-44 years. In the comorbidity group of participants with anxiety and depression, cannabis was beneficial for all ages.