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Marijuana Helps You Sleep Says Study by Ambien®, NIH
TruthOnPot.com – 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).