Cannabis Helps Treat Insomnia due to Pain

Cannabis Helps People With Insomnia Stay Asleep

 

A new study from Israel has shown that medical cannabis can help patients with insomnia secondary to pain stay asleep and pain free longer. Medical marijuana has long been used to help treat insomnia, but this is one of the few studies dedicated to supporting this phenomenon by science-backed investigation. 

The study, published in the journal, BMJ, examined the effects of medical marijuana in older patients (50+) with sleep disturbances related to chronic pain. The study found that those who used cannabis were less likely to wake up throughout the night compared to those who didn’t use cannabis.

“Waking up at night was the most commonly reported sleep problem in this population,” the authors wrote. Patients also reported difficulty falling asleep and waking up too early, but those who used marijuana did not see improvements in these sleep disturbances.  

The authors suggested that the limited benefits could be due to patients building up a tolerance to the effects of cannabis.  Often, people with chronic pain use medical marijuana frequently, which can make it less effective. The patients in the study had used marijuana for an average of four years and they used 31 grams per month on average. It was not known which strains patients used either.  Most people gravitate to using Indica strains for sleep over Sativa or hybrid strains.

The authors of the study called for more research to understand the relationship between pain, sleep, insomnia, and medical marijuana. 

 

Insomnia is not a qualifying condition for enrollment in the Compassionate Use Program in Texas.  However, many of our patients who qualify under different medical conditions love the improved sleep they get with cannabis. 

Book your appointment now to get some sleep relief in addition to treating your qualifying condition in Texas 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Allison Kendrick

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