A recent study supported by federal funding has uncovered insights into the sleep patterns of individuals dealing with anxiety, revealing that the use of marijuana appears to be linked to improved sleep quality. The research, published in the “Drug and Alcohol Review” journal and conducted collaboratively by teams from the University of Haifa, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, sought to explore the subjective sleep experiences of 347 individuals utilizing cannabis to manage anxiety.
Over a span of 30 days, participants were engaged in daily surveys where they documented their substance use and recounted their previous night’s sleep experience. The study compared outcomes on days with no substance use, marijuana-only use, alcohol-only use and co-use of both substances.
The findings indicated a notable difference in reported sleep quality, with participants reporting better sleep on marijuana-only days and co-use days in contrast to nonuse days. Intriguingly, alcohol-only use did not exhibit a similar positive association with sleep quality. The study also revealed a correlation between the frequency of alcohol and cannabis use and sleep patterns. Individuals with higher usage frequencies reported enhanced sleep quality on days when marijuana was the sole substance used compared to those who used alcohol and cannabis less frequently.
This correlation challenges the idea that tolerance may diminish the sleep-inducing effects of cannabis, as the study suggests an opposite trend of improved sleep quality with more frequent marijuana use. In addition, contrary to the common belief that alcohol aids in sleep, the research corroborated previous findings that alcohol does not contribute significantly to overall sleep quality, especially when juxtaposed with cannabis.
The study posited that understanding various cannabis combinations and ratios remains limited, emphasizing the need for further research, especially in clinical trials. The inclusion of diverse cannabis types, varying in dosage and product selection, prompted the researchers to acknowledge existing gaps in knowledge, advocating for future trials to address these uncertainties.
The study concluded by emphasizing the urgency of experimental investigations into the effects of cannabis and alcohol on sleep. It underscored the potential positive impact of cannabis on subjective sleep quality for individuals dealing with anxiety. Additionally, it highlighted the need for further exploration into the interplay between the frequency of substance use and its immediate influence on sleep, especially in populations seeking cannabis as a coping mechanism for anxiety, where alcohol and cannabis misuse may be prevalent.
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