Now that marijuana has become legalized in some form in 29 states as well as Washington, D.C., we are gathering more data than ever on its potential uses and benefits. With the stigma dissipating and access increased, people are more freely sharing their personal stories surrounding this life-changing plant. These anecdotes are important evidence in the fight to legalize marijuana nationwide.
A recent survey conducted by Sleep Cycle, an app designed to track your sleep cycle, has found that 14 percent of respondents used marijuana to help them sleep, according to Herb. The company surveyed about 1,000 of its application users on what methods they used to help them gets to sleep. Tea topped the list at 21 percent, melatonin came in second with 15 percent, and cannabis tied with milk and cookies at 14 percent.It should be noted that prescribed sleeping pills rested at the bottom of the list at 9 percent, an indication that people are eager for more natural remedies to their sleeping disorders, insomnia, or general sleep troubles. While tea certainly can do the trick, there is growing evidence marijuana can dig into more serious sleeping issues.
Some research has found the effects of cannabis on sleep to be two-fold. Cannabidiol (CBD) can have a soothing, therapeutic affect. Tetrahydrocannabidinol (THC) is reported to reduce REM sleep, thereby reducing the dream cycle. This is said to have significant benefits for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as many may relive past traumas during nightmares.
Our skilled medical marijuana attorneys in Orange County know legalization at the federal level is critical not only to give more people access to the benefits of cannabis, but also to open the door to more comprehensive medical testing. The effectiveness of marijuana on certain sleep disorders is dependent on strain, balance of CBD to THC, and dosage. Doctors, however, are restrained by limited data on such matters as a result of Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. Section 812. Under this act, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I narcotic, putting it in a class of drugs considered to have no medical benefits, and therefore making medical marijuana testing prohibited at the federal level. Much of the information our doctors know is from foreign studies or their own direct work with patients. All the evidence is there to declassify marijuana if our representatives can put aside archaic ideology and political posturing.
We’re fortunate here in California to have more than 20 years of medical marijuana legalization, making our doctors some of the most experienced in the country when it comes to serving patients. Our team of lawyers also have amassed years of experience in this field and will use it to protect patients and the medical marijuana doctors and dispensaries that serve them. We hope the day comes soon when people all across the country will have the freedom to choose marijuana for PTSD or pain management or recreational use or for a good night’s sleep. Until that day comes, and beyond, you can rest easy knowing we are here fighting for you and your rights.
The Los Angeles CANNABIS LAW Group represents growers, dispensaries, collectives, patients, defendants, workers and those facing criminal marijuana charges. Call us at 714-937-2050.
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