Agata Blaszczak Boxe via Braindecoder:
People use various tricks to deal with sleep problems — some like to have a cup of chamomile tea before bed, while others count sheep or rewatch Planet Earth.
And then there are those who claim the best way to get quality Zzz’s is to smoke some pot.
Managing sleep issues is indeed one if the most commonly cited reasons for the use of medical marijuana, research has shown. But while pot may help promote sleep in some insomniacs, the extent of this potential benefit and the exact mechanisms involved are not clear.
What’s more, various types of marijuana may have different effects on sleep. To understand this better, in a new study, researchers look at the types of medical marijuana that people prefer to use for sleep problems like insomnia and nightmares. After recruiting 163 adults who purchased medical marijuana at a California dispensary, the researchers looked specifically at whether the people were using sativa, indica, or hybrid strains of pot. They also asked the participants if they were using pot specifically for sleep problems and whether they were taking any additional sleep medication.
Of all the people in the study, 81 said they were using marijuana for insomnia and 14 said they were using it to reduce nightmares. The researchers found that the people who used marijuana for nightmares preferred sativa strains to indica strains. But the team did not find significant differences in pot preferences between the people who were using it for insomnia.
The scientists also examined the types of pot that participants used for the content of specific cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. THC is marijuana’s primary psychoactive compound and CBD (cannabidiol) is another crucial compound, known for its potential medicinal properties.