Marijuana use is associated with impaired sleep quality

A new study suggests that marijuana use is associated with impaired sleep quality.

Results show that any history of cannabis use was associated with an increased likelihood of reporting difficulty falling asleep, struggling to maintain sleep, experiencing non-restorative sleep, and feeling . The strongest association was found in adults who started marijuana use before age 15; they were about twice as likely to have severe problems falling asleep (odds ratio = 2.28), experiencing non-restorative sleep (OR = 2.25) and feeling overly sleepy during the day (OR = 1.99). Results were adjusted for potential confounders including age, sex, race/ethnicity and education.

"Current and past marijuana users are more likely to experience sleep problems," said lead author Jilesh Chheda, research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, working with Dr. Michael Grandner, the senior author on the study. "The most surprising finding was that there was a strong relationship with age of first use, no matter how often people were currently using marijuana. People who started using early were more likely to have as an adult."

The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep and will be presented Wednesday, June 4, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at SLEEP 2014, the 28th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.

The study involved adults ranging in age from 20-59 years who responded to the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). A history of drug use was reported by 1,811 participants. Cannabis use was assessed as any history of use, age at first use and number of times used in the past month. Sleep-related problems were considered severe if they occurred at least 15 days per month.

Although the design of this study did not allow for an examination of causality, the results suggest that initiation of marijuana use in adolescence may impart a higher risk for subsequent insomnia symptoms, or it may mean that those who begin using earlier are more likely to experience insomnia for other reasons, such as stress. Insomnia may even be one of the reasons people start (or continue) use, though this evidence suggests that it is probably not effective if they are still experiencing problems.

"Marijuana use is common, with about half of adults having reported using it at some point in their life," said Chheda. "As it becomes legal in many states, it will be important to understand the impact of marijuana use on public health, as its impact on in the 'real world' is not well known."

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana use among young people has been increasing since 2007, which may be associated with increased public debate over the drug's legal status. The federal government considers marijuana a Schedule I substance that has no medicinal uses and a high risk for abuse. However, Colorado and Washington have legalized for adult recreational use, and 21 states have passed laws allowing its use as a treatment for certain medical conditions.

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w_sam58
4 / 5 (5) Jun 02, 2014
NOT TRUE! I use marijuana for a sleep disorder. I was able to stop using any other sleep meds and only use pot to help me fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, help ease the pain from arthritis that occurs while I sleep, and wake up refreshed and well rested.
Many people I know who do the same say it's their life saver. Any doctor who does this kind of a study without using live patients is only making assumptions, not stating medical fact.
In the doctors own words he admits that the study doesn't show fact in "the real world".
If and buts are for the water cooler crowd.
shawnhaunted
4.3 / 5 (4) Jun 02, 2014
Another scare tactic study that is false.
caregiverservices
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 02, 2014
JUST ONE MORE BULLSHIT ARTICLE. FACT IS POT OF THE RIGHT STRAINS WILL PUT YOU TO SLEEP. GOD, I'M TIRED OF THESE LIARS. www.johnypotseed.com A place to find the right marijuana strains that you can grow indoors with only a 42 watt light:)
softwarengineer
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 02, 2014
Mother Goose Tales on Pot

Just Google "Marijuana helps with sleep problems".....the positive nature of pot smoking and good sleep will fill your computer screen.

There's only one catch, it works so good as a sleep aid without harmful drugs, it makes it hard to quit ;-)
softwarengineer
not rated yet Jun 02, 2014
I'd Add Too

The derelict [they turn out bad if they're on a perfect lifestyle] smoking pot will be the nervous derilict at an older age too. With insomnia. I imagine when pot was illegal many derilicts tried it, tobacco and alcohol before age 15. They probably gobbled down mass twinkies and McDonald fries too...LOL
dendecannabist
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 02, 2014
Sleep & Relaxation
http://www.electr...TM#sleep
Cannabis lowers blood pressure, dilates the arteries, and reduces body temperature an average of one-half degree, thereby relieving stress. Evening cannabis smokers in general report more restful sleep.
dendecannabist
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 02, 2014
We Need a Law Against "False or Misleading News"
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Drug Worriers preferred methods of treatment…
http://endingcann...pic/1945

Cannabis
http://antiquecan...ook.com/
* Warning Poison
* Number of people that die each year = 0
* Antidote = Coffee

Ambien, delusions,dementia,lack of feeling or emotion,thoughts of killing oneself,confusion,shakiness…

Marijuana and Seniors: America's Underserved Could Benefit Most
http://endingcann...eply/856

aaronwanggg
3.7 / 5 (6) Jun 02, 2014
You guys aren't taking into consideration that the brain has not been fully developed yet. The brain matures at around age 25. Weed messes with your brain if it hasn't fully been developed yet. Just like being an acoholic when young will fuck your brain up.
herbwarrior420
3.4 / 5 (5) Jun 02, 2014
I disagree. I know a number people who started using cannabis in their early teens. They are high paid professionals now or are business owners. My doctor uses canna-butter for her sleep disorder insominia. She can prescribe any man-made narcotic poisons as she puts it for her to sleep but canna-butter works best for her. When I do edible at night I get an outstanding restful nights sleep, Research it people the medicine plant has many uses medically and hemp many ecological major benefits.
herbwarrior420
4.2 / 5 (5) Jun 02, 2014
75.5% of Medical Cannabis Patients Report Substituting Cannabis for Pharmaceuticals and Hard Drugs

News, Studies

January 6, 2014

by TheJointBlog

A study published in the recent issue of the journal Addiction Research and Theory has found that the majority of those who use medical cannabis do so to replaceharlequin harmful substances such as alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs.

According to the study; "Over 41% state that they use cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, 36.1% use cannabis as a substitute for illicit substances, and 67.8% use cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs. The three main reasons cited for cannabis-related substitution are "less withdrawal" (67.7%), "fewer side-effects" (60.4%), and "better symptom management" suggesting that many patients may have already identified cannabis as an effective and potentially safer adjunct or alternative to their prescription drug regiment.
herbwarrior420
3.4 / 5 (5) Jun 02, 2014
New Government Funded Study: Cannabis May Improve Attention and Memory

December 2, 2013

A new study published and funded by the National Institute of Health has marijuana2008 found that poor working memory and attention control is associated with a lower efficiency of the endocannabinoid system, indicating that cannabis could improve these functions as it activates and positively regulates this system.

"Our results suggest that.. a lower efficiency of the endocannabinoid system, probably due to a lowered expression of CB1R, produced a reduction in the performance of these subjects when attentional control and working memory processing is challenged."
herbwarrior420
3.4 / 5 (5) Jun 02, 2014
New Study: Cannabis May Grow Stem Cells, Repair the Brain After Injury
November 27, 2013

A new study being published in next month's issue of the journal Biochemical Society Transactions, and published online early by the National Institute of Health, has found that the brain's endocannabinoid system – which is activated through cannabis use – has neuroprotective and immunomodulatory capabilities, and may lead to the growth of stem cells.
An image of neural stem cells.

An image of neural stem cells.

"Activation of cannabinoid receptors suppresses chronic inflammatory responses through the attenuation of pro-inflammatory mediators", states the study's abstract. "Moreover, the endocannabinoid system directs cell fate specification of NSCs (neural stem cells) in the CNS (central nervous sytem)".
dendecannabist
3 / 5 (4) Jun 02, 2014
You guys aren't taking into consideration that the brain has not been fully developed yet. The brain matures at around age 25. Weed messes with your brain if it hasn't fully been developed yet. Just like being an acoholic when young will fuck your brain up.


More gossip. Thousands of years of use by all ages. Prohibition has put one trillion dollars into prohibitionists pockets to say what they say. Why repeat it for free? Compared to drug store sleep aids cannabis is still the safest. In real life there are some points to argue between Indica and Sativa but gossip makes that moot.

Using Pot To Save Brains!
http://endingcann...eply/601

bobbyhill
1 / 5 (5) Jun 02, 2014
This is why potFaqs are cry babies. If it doesn't talk good about "Weed" they say it's fake, but oh if they say weed is good then they believe it. Reminds me of some people hmmmm "cough"gays"cough"
drwuhu
1.8 / 5 (4) Jun 02, 2014
Umm... Coffee.
denniscard75
3 / 5 (5) Jun 03, 2014
I have been smoking marijuana since I was at the young age of four
and if I smoke a lot before bedtime sleeplessness I do adore
it lets me think about many things and my brain will not shut off and go to sleep
but if I smoke just a normal amount my brain quiets down for a good night to keep
_est_oast_
5 / 5 (4) Jun 03, 2014
I take Morphine Sulfate ER 30 mg twice a day w/ Percocet 10/325
Neurontin 300 mg twice a day and 600 mg at bed time
Flexeril 10 mg
I wake up every hour. It really sucks to be on such drugs....

When I can smoke Cannabis. I take two or three puffs in a glass bowl, and
I sleep all night long...

I have had in the last three years
Fentanyl Patches
Oxycontin
Methadone
Norco
percocet

NIDA is a bunch of sore losing idiots,
Here are some of the Headlines to watch for in coming months
1) Medical Marijuana responsible for the Drought in California!
2) Legal Marijuana thought to be responsible for the attacks in Benghazi!
3)Global Warming a direct result of Marijuana.
4) Marijuana responsible for Bridge Closing scandal !

I am sure they will try to use more scare tactics, but Education and Truth is how We will win !
Marijuana : it is, and should be.........plain enough
rj064cliq
5 / 5 (3) Jun 03, 2014
Just another well publicized negative story on marijuana use. Studies with negative results get the full backing of the federal governent. Good luck getting federal funding for clinical research that is likely to show a positive effect.
Anonym
5 / 5 (1) Jun 03, 2014
The feds have been lying about cannabis since 1937. Nixon's own blue-ribbon panel --- convened to justify his "war on drugs" --- instead found medical uses without side effects and recommended decriminalization: Nixon's response was to classify the report top secret (it didn't come out until the mid '90s).

Will they now admit they lied? After spending billions of dollars and jailing millions of harmless citizens, destroying families and careers, for nothing? No way. Instead, they will ramp up the BS "research" in an effort to keep the ignorant and the alcoholics in their camp. Good luck with that, jerks. You're fighting a pointless, and hopeless, rear-guard action against "the pursuit of happiness" and the truth, which is that cannabis effects medical miracles. People are waking up, and you are going to suffer at the polls in November as a result. Enjoy!
210
1 / 5 (2) Jun 04, 2014
NOT TRUE! I use marijuana for a sleep disorder...


WAIT! I know how to help! Stop smoking, chewing, and shooting, SIMULTANEOUSLY, marijuana...wow!
I read about your condition here on this site, and, oh...so...you ARE ALSO on this site...and you must have read what I read....uh-oh.....darn-nit here comes an argument. Arguing sucks! Oh, I know. Hey what do you think about global weather change and the need to lower our carbon footprint and save our planet from destruction - forget the marijuana thing - it just makes people hateful and angry, etc, etc, etc....hahahaha

word-to-ya-muthas
210
1 / 5 (2) Jun 04, 2014
I take Morphine Sulfate ER 30 mg twice a day w/ Percocet 10/325
Neurontin 300 mg twice a day and 600 mg at bed time
Flexeril 10 mg
I wake up every hour. It really sucks to be on such drugs....

When I can smoke Cannabis. I take two or three puffs in a glass bowl, and
I sleep all night long...

I have had in the last three years
Fentanyl Patches
Oxycontin
Methadone
Norco
percocet

NIDA is a bunch of sore losing idiots,

And you.....well.....you are a DEAD ROCK STAR come back to haunt us for allowing you to OD at such a young age....but hey...look at the bright side....you killed yourself BUT YOU COULD NOT POSSIBLY HAVE FELT A DAMN THING!
210
1 / 5 (2) Jun 04, 2014
cannabis effects medical miracles. People are waking up, and you are going to suffer at the polls in November as a result. Enjoy!


Yes - you ARE RIGHT! Cannabis DOES effect medical miracles. Cannabis use allowed you to eat every bag of Doritos in Tiajuana, Mexico....I was nice, I did NOT sell you that pot...I sold you THE DORITOS! (Thanks for putting my 12 kids through college - ENJOY!)

word-
210
1 / 5 (2) Jun 04, 2014
New Study: Cannabis May Grow Stem Cells, Repair the Brain After Injury
November 27, 2013

A new study being published in next month's issue of the journal Biochemical Society Transactions,


OKAY....when you are ill, take a pill; When you are thirsty, drink your fill.
You want to smoke a Bob Marley Sized Pot-Torpedo, go out and let an 18-Wheeler run over your head while smoking some good weed and it will all, just....even out....GOTCHA!

word-to-ya-muthas
rockwolf1000
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 04, 2014
@210

I remember you used to post some really good comments. What happened?
dendecannabist
not rated yet Jun 04, 2014
You guys aren't taking into consideration that the brain has not been fully developed yet. The brain matures at around age 25. Weed messes with your brain if it hasn't fully been developed yet. Just like being an acoholic when young will fuck your brain up.


Using Pot To Save Brains!
http://endingcann...eply/601

Marijuana use may lead to cardiac arrest and other hobgoblins
http://endingcann...eply/848

9 Reasons Why Sanjay Gupta Changed His Mind About Marijuana
http://endingcann...pic/1873

Does researching casual marijuana use cause brain abnormalities?
http://endingcann...pic/1926
210
1 / 5 (1) Jun 06, 2014
@210
I remember you used to post some really good comments. What happened?

YOU weren't supportive & I'm not here 2 please you anyway!
Besides, imagine this: A drug, so beloved by so many, that they quote any source that supports its use - but NEVER mention any of the negatives, NOT ONE NOTE about toxicity, nothing negative at all! Even Cinderella and Mickey Mouse cartoons had negatives, etc, but people who think they are STONE(D) cold sober wish to give advice about using a drug, in the name of what? To preserve what? No - I am going to tell jokes... TOO!
ANYONE who thinks drug use is some kind of beneficial accelerant to good times, or GREAT thinking, go find Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, and oh, no, I just know you are SO sure they just did it ALL wrong and they were not as smart as you and Jimi Hendricks, Judy Garland, etc, etc, and the new pot with the FAR Higher level of THC is what they really needed to keep from getting DEAD! POT as medicine IS MEDICINE - not a TOY!
rockwolf1000
3 / 5 (2) Jun 06, 2014
@210
Besides, imagine this: A drug, so beloved by so many, that they quote any source that supports its use - but NEVER mention any of the negatives, NOT ONE NOTE about toxicity, nothing negative at all! Even Cinderella and Mickey Mouse cartoons had negatives, etc, but people who think they are STONE(D) cold sober wish to give advice about using a drug, in the name of what? To preserve what? No - I am going to tell jokes... TOO!
ANYONE who thinks drug use is some kind of beneficial accelerant to good times, or GREAT thinking, go find Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, and oh, no, I just know you are SO sure they just did it ALL wrong and they were not as smart as you and Jimi Hendricks, Judy Garland, etc, etc, and the new pot with the FAR Higher level of THC is what they really needed to keep from getting DEAD! POT as medicine IS MEDICINE - not a TOY!


Incoherent ramblings. Did you have a stroke?
210
1 / 5 (1) Jun 06, 2014
The very first comment here claims to use pot to help sleep, OK! Do what these researchers did: Put your REAL name next to your DOCTORS name and present YOUR scientific facts and PEER REVIEW on this SITE! Pot has a medicinal active component. IF you have certain pathological conditions then it MAY help, SURE! DRUGS: In Asia, each weekend, drunk-driving, ALCOHOL-DRUG abuse wipes out the equivalent population of a small town. Alcohol consumption has been around for over 4500 years and we STILL suffer the loss of human potential/life just because we used it when we did NOT completely understand it. These researchers offer one more step in understanding the proper use of this substance. If you wish to refute their findings POST YOUR NAME AND YOUR FINDINGS your lab name, location, everything they did - and GET the SAME abuse you GAVE - for science! Cigarettes - death sticks but Tobacco firms once made legal, cannot be just shutdown. U want unbridled personal freedom and pleasure & no pain
210
1 / 5 (1) Jun 06, 2014
Pot dissuade your worries? Eases your mind and body? Remember:

EVERY FORM OF REFUGE HAS A PRICE

-that's life in the REAL world, bubba!

word-for-ya-muthas
210
1 / 5 (1) Jun 06, 2014
This is why it is HARD, not impossible, just hard, to cure or treat drug abuse with drugs.

https://www.youtu...jH9odsXw

ALL I am saying is go get YOUR facts, your data, put your reputation -REAL NAME reputation behind your data if you wish to SCIENTIFICALLY refute everything, EVERY TIME, every time an article like this comes along. MAN UP!
Discussion, SURE, discus, but to utterly denounce utterly, every bit of what a SCIENTIFICALLY directed study has to say and offer no broad based data of a SCIENTIFIC nature, while giving us your, supposed, possible, unverified, life experience - anecdotal comment at best, or the comment of someone you do NOT know whose agenda is unknown to you or us - don't be a sheep or an Ass.
You have an opinion - ok - that IS what you have!
Plenty of sock-puppets get on this site and pretend they had such-and-such experience and then BLAST anyone who disagrees ESPECIALLY on Climate Change, & Pot!
antonima
1 / 5 (1) Jun 08, 2014
I remember reading an article on this site 5 years ago or so that the amount of sleep a teenager gets correlates more strongly with marijuana use than any other factor. Kids who constantly complain of being sleepy are the ones most likely to indulge. It seems funny to assume no correlation. Perhaps these 'researchers' were sleeping on their jobs ;-)
Diogenes Tha Dogg
5 / 5 (1) Jun 09, 2014
The article was phrased in a weasel way, but you all are ignoring the important caveat:

"Although the design of this study did not allow for an examination of causality, the results suggest that initiation of marijuana use in adolescence (1) may impart a higher risk for subsequent insomnia symptoms, or it may mean that (2) those who begin using earlier are more likely to experience insomnia for other reasons, such as stress. (3) Insomnia may even be one of the reasons people start (or continue) use, though this evidence suggests that it is probably not effective if they are still experiencing problems."

I find option (3) most likely. However, I would word it differently: these people have trouble sleeping in the first place for some reason that also causes them to want to smoke pot (e.g. stress, insomnia, depression, bipolar disorder, etc.). For example, in bipolar disorder, a dysphoric depressive state causes insomnia & racing thoughts & agitation, and pot addresses the latter two.