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Marijuana Helps You Sleep Says Study by Ambien®, NIH

By on August 21, 2013
A collaborative effort between the NIH, NIDA and drug company Sanofi-Aventis confirms that marijuana can help with sleep

A collaborative effort between the NIH, NIDA and drug company Sanofi-Aventis provides more evidence that marijuana can help with sleep – If you ever thought the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the pharmaceutical industry shared common interests, you were right. Well, at least when it comes to marijuana’s effect on sleep.

While it’s no secret that marijuana can make you drowsy, a collaborative research effort from the NIDA, the NIH and Sanofi-Aventis – the multi-billion dollar company behind Ambien®, a popular sleeping pill – has just confirmed this.

Published online in the American Journal On Addictions, the group concluded that the main chemical in marijuana (THC) can help you fall asleep quicker and easier.

“Higher evening THC and 11-OH-THC concentrations were significantly associated with shorter sleep latency, less difficulty falling asleep, and more daytime sleep the following day.”

The daytime sleepiness was likely due to the study’s design, since the thirteen participants were given “around-the-clock” doses of oral THC – every 4 to 8 hours.

Signs of tolerance were not clear either, although the researchers found total sleep “decreased slightly” over the seven night study – about 4 minutes per night.

But overall, the latest findings provide support for a number of older studies which show that THC in marijuana can help both insomniacs and healthy individuals fall asleep easier.

So why even study it?

You could give the NIH the benefit of the doubt and hope that they’re interested in a safer alternative to sleeping pills like Ambien®, which has been linked to a higher risk of death and cancer diagnosis – not to mention side effects that include headaches, vomiting, hallucinations, dizziness, dependence, morning drowsiness and a higher risk of car accidents.

But a long history of anti-marijuana efforts – and collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry – suggests otherwise.

The study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between Sanofi-Aventis and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • Norman Gates

    … How much money are we going to waste on a plant that has never killed a single that had access to it for 1,000′s of years, folk that have been denied access is completely opposite …

  • claygooding

    No federal bureaucracy can spend any of their funding on any study or research of any schedule 1 drug that could prove medical efficacy,,it is in the ONDCP policy written by congress and extends to any bureaucracy that receives funding from the ONDCP…It is probably something to do with Sativex which is in the final stages of approval through the FDA,,,being held up by the DEA I believe.

  • C. Stoddard

    I’ll Guarantee that it helps….. I am a T-4 paraplegic with a TBI also, and couldn’t sleep more than 2-4 hours a night. I started puffing on a joint once in awhile, slept like a baby ALL night long….. bout 30 mins to an hour after, I’d be in dream land………….. now that it’s gone, back to not sleeping again, that sucks….. and I won’t take pharmaceutical drugs to help me sleep either…….. all they do is get u hooked, with side effects to them, no thanks…… I’ll gladly wait for my marijuana.

  • BCbud

    No duh, Eh? Must be nice that the Marijuana trade has enough money to toss at no brainier studies like this… I wonder where the money for them come from but Meh. OK. Roll another fatty and toss a 20 in the fire, K? Is that Bob M I hear in the background?