Weed may not ease sleep problems, especially for regular users, studies say

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If
the
weed
Twitterverse
is
to
be
believed,
a
lot
of
marijuana
users
rely
on
a
nightly
puff
or
two
to
drift
off
into
la-la
land.

And
surveys
of marijuana
users
 show
they
do
indeed
rely
on
the
drug
for
better
sleep.

Unfortunately,
science
isn’t quite
as
convinced
 about
the
positive
effects
of
cannabis
on
our
ability
to
catch
some
Z’s.
Research
since
the
1970s
has
shown mixed
results
 on
weed’s
sleep-aiding benefits.
A
2018 randomized,
double-blind,
placebo-controlled
study 

the
gold
standard

found
no
benefit
from
CBD
on
sleep
in
healthy
volunteers.
Other
studies
have
also
found
high
rates
of
insomnia
when withdrawing
from
nightly
use
.

“We
know
from
studies
of
recreational
users
of
cannabis
that
sleep
disturbances
are
common
when
they
are
attempting
to
quit
cannabis
use,”
said
sleep
psychiatrist
and
neurologist
Dr.
Bhanuprakash
Kolla,
who
works
in
the
Center
for
Sleep
Medicine
and
the
Division
of
Addiction
Medicine
at
the
Mayo
Clinic
in
Rochester,
Minnesota.

“Up
to
two-thirds
of
them
report
sleep
disturbances
when
they
stop
cannabis
use,
and
it
is
a
frequent
reason
for
relapse
to
cannabis
use,”
Kolla
said.
“Therefore,
cannabis
can
set
up
a
pattern
where
it
is
minimally
helpful
for
sleep
in
the
short
term
and
then
disrupt
sleep,
making
it
difficult
to
stop
use
in
the
medium
to
long
term.”
[Read
more
at
CNN
]