Using Pot to Help You Sleep? It Could Backfire

Last Updated: Friday, May 8, 2020

marijuana in baggie(HealthDay News, April 14) Could using marijuana to sleep as a teen actually cause sleep problems later in life? That’s what one recent study suggests.

During the study, researchers looked at the marijuana use and sleep habits of about 1882 Colorado teens. All of the participants were twins to explore the genetic influences on sleep and marijuana use.

They found that about 30% of those surveyed who started using marijuana regularly prior to their 18th birthday developed insomnia down the line.  Of the group of people who didn’t use the drug regularly before turning 18 years old, 20% developed insomnia.

The survey was published in the journal Sleep® , the official publication of the Sleep Research Society (SRS). Read more.



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