Patients suffering from insomnia may find a more restful sleep when using medical marijuana, without the side effects of prescription drugs. A study conducted in 1973 found that “THC was found to significantly decrease the time it takes to fall asleep in physically healthy insomniacs.” 26 Another study conducted at McGill University tested the effects of nalibone, a synthetic cannabinoid. The study found that “nalibone is effective in improving sleep in patients with fibromyalgia and is well tolerated.”27

26 Cousens, K., & DiMascio, A. (1973). THC as a hypnotic. Psychopharmacologia, 33(4), 355-364. doi:10.1007/BF00437513
27 Ware, M.A., Fitzcharles, M.A., Joseph, L., & Shir, Y. (2010). The effects of nalibone on sleep in fibromyalgia: results of a randomized controlled trial. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 110(2), 604-610. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e3181c76f70

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