Let’s Talk About Sleep
Statistics & Data
Sleep By The Numbers
55% of women have trouble falling asleep
The numbers are increasing dramatically
38% sleep on their back and 7% on their stomach
Level of Evidence: Empirical
Apothecare has ranked sleep on the middle level of the evidence pyramid. There needs to be more research in this area as conclusions from studies have been mixed about cannabis improving sleep.
Embark on Better Sleep with Cannabis. Speak to a Professional at Apothecare today!
Many people are turning to cannabis as an option to help improve their sleep; for some, this may be known as insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes it difficult to fall and stay asleep. This can result in several additional symptoms including:
- Daytime fatigue
- Worsened mood, depression, anxiety
- Increased irritability
- Reduced capacity to focus on tasks and poorer memory
There are limited prescription medication options to treat insomnia and many of these medications have intolerable side effects. Because of this, more individuals are turning to cannabis to help them sleep. Current cannabis research has some interesting findings including:
- Research participants have shown mixed results regarding cannabis and its effect on sleep. Some individuals find cannabis helpful and others don’t. This may indicate that you need to trial different cannabis products to find the one that works for you.
- Anecdotally, the cannabis community finds cannabis products with cannabinol (CBN) helpful for sleep. However, there is limited research about CBN to conclude that it can be used to help with sleep.
Make sure to connect with a knowledgeable pharmacist for a personalized sleep assessment!
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Cannabis use may not be appropriate for you if have one or more of the following:
- A history or family history of psychosis in the family
- Currently taking a blood thinner such as Warfarin
- Reduced liver function
- History of addiction
- A complex medication regimen (cannabis can interfere with the metabolism of several classes of medications)
- Sedating medications such as benzodiazepines (such as lorazepam) and/or opioids (such as Percocet)
Make sure to talk to a knowledgeable healthcare professional to make sure cannabis is safe for you!
Cannabis products come in a variety of different formulations such as oils, capsules, creams, dried flower, and concentrates. With an extensive number of products available on the market, it can be quite confusing to select a product that may work for you. Our pharmacists are trained to assess which cannabis products can be safe and effective for you. Reach out to a Pharmacist today for a consultation!
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2016, October 15). Insomnia. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved November 18, 2021, from cited link.