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Medicinal cannabis may not ease sleep problems in people with chronic pain 'because frequent users can build up tolerance to its sleep-inducing effects'

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Medicinal cannabis may not ease sleep problems in people with chronic pain 'because frequent users can build up tolerance to its sleep-inducing effects'

 

Daily Mail

 

Medicinal cannabis may not ease the sleep problems of people with chronic pain, a study has suggested.

Scientists in Israel believe frequent users of the drug build up tolerance to its effects, rendering it useless after time. 

Researchers assessed the sleep quality and pain levels of 128 people being treated at a specialist clinic. 

They found cannabis users were less likely to wake up during the night, compared to those who did not use the drug.

 

But over time, the benefit of cannabis on waking in the night was reversed, with the drug being associated with waking up more often. 

Cannabis users also found it harder to fall asleep than those who steered clear of the drug, according to the study. 

 

This indicated that tolerance to the beneficial effects of the drug may develop with further use, the researchers said. 

Medicinal cannabis is not legally prescribed for sleep problems in the UK. Limited prescriptions are given out for cannabis-based medications which treat illnesses including multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.

 

In the US, some states allow doctors to use prescribe medicinal cannabis to treat some conditions. 

It is also legal for recreational use in 11 states, meaning that people are free to use it to try to treat their sleep problems.  

The latest study was published in the British Medical Journal's Supportive and Palliative Care journal.  

Study author Dr Sharon Sznitman, from the University of Haifa, said the findings may 'signal development of tolerance'. 

 

She and her colleagues wrote: 'These findings have large public health impacts considering the ageing of the population, the relatively high prevalence of sleep problems in this population, along with the increasing use of medicinal cannabis.'

The scientists assessed the sleep quality and pain scores of 128 people over the age of 50 being treated at a specialist clinic.

Sixty-six of them used cannabis to manage their sleep problems, while a further 62 did not. 

One in four (24 per cent) said they always woke up early and weren't able to get back to sleep.

And one in five (20 per cent) said they always found it difficult to fall asleep. Another 27 per cent said they woke up during the night.

Cannabis users had used the drug for an average of four years, consuming around 31 grams a month.  

Most (69 per cent) smoked it, while around 20 per cent used either using cannabis oil or vapour.

Despite waking up less during the night, cannabis users did not get to sleep more quickly or wake up early less often.

The scientists took into account other factors which might have influenced people's sleep. 

These included the average amount of pain people were experiencing, their use of sleep aids or antidepressants, as well as age and gender. 

However, the researchers did say the study was only observational and so could not establish a causal link. 

They also recognised there were not many people who took part in the study and the time of day when they had cannabis was not recorded. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7907995/Medicinal-cannabis-not-ease-sleep-problems-people-chronic-pain.html

 

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In my experience, you build up a tolerance to a point, but that tolerance stops increasing after a while and you reach a sort of tolerance plateau. But even with the tolerance, as a sleep aid it still works. You might have to use a little more, but it still works.

 

Raymond Mosch, Brooklyn, United States

 

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to be fair, when i get issues with my back and increase my dosage I will start waking up in the middle of the night,sometimes just to have another vape bag:headpain:

constipation after heavy oil use too

 

but

 

all you need is 3 day tolerance break and it is all good 

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9 hours ago, joba said:

all you need is 3 day tolerance break and it is all good 


changing strains often works for me.. if possible I like to have two or three different flavours available.

 

i also find mixing different weeds has some fun effects.

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Hastag me too:toldya: @Pot Luck

 

i do the same and i know 3 day break would help but haven't done it myself in long time,yes i do lower dose but was thinking recently what it would be like to have that break and just a thought of vivid dreams for 3 nights always puts me off :-)

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i tend to stay awake until i’m asleep then wake up and go to bed 

 

a full 4 hours sleep every time.. lol  

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Theres always so much bollox lol  

 

So then, first things first, if your going to do a "medical" test and you still want to hold ya head up after, get enough subjects for testing to start with, (half a dozen wont cut the jam) second, id swat up on the substance im testing, (perhaps to see if theres a massive fucking differnce between strains and there affects) third, if once thats all done, and the results were in and it didnt really make sence, instead of making mysel look like a proper fucking wally by waffling my way out of it, id either run away, say it wernt me, or, i know this is a bit out there, Get someone who knows wtf their talking about, and has half a clue how to carry out a proper test, its why medical cannas never got anywhere in this country, the powers that be wont even look into the results other countrys have had from their medical tests, its a fooking waste of money and time, its par imo.

 

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1 hour ago, Pot Luck said:


changing strains often works for me.. if possible I like to have two or three different flavours available.

 

i also find mixing different weeds has some fun effects.

 

Me too. Alternating between hash and bud is effective too. 

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Comment deleted: might make the situation worse lol 

 

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Hummm...

 

It's peculiar how "science" works.

 

Depending on who's writing, and their selected subject, THC induces tolerance which negates it's effects and yet it's supposed to turn "ADDICTS" into drug slaves somehow.

 

As a matter of fact simply use a proper delivery method to avoid repeated consumption abuse to make tolerance a barrier of the past.  Ride the threshold if you must instead, with little trade-off on our favourite inhalation-based lifestyle...

 

 

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Proof-reading.

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