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Medical Cannabis Helps Chronic Pain Patients Get Quality Sleep, Study Finds

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Medical Cannabis Helps Chronic Pain Patients Get Quality Sleep, Study Finds

Israeli researchers found that occasionally using medical marijuana helped chronic pain patients remain asleep during the night, but frequent use could make insomnia worse.

Israeli researchers found that occasionally using medical marijuana helped chronic pain patients remain asleep during the night, but frequent use could make insomnia worse.

Dozens of clinical research studies have found that medical cannabis can help treat symptoms of chronic pain. There's also a wealth of anecdotal evidence showing that pot can help insomnia. But can weed help chronic pain patients get better sleep?

A team of Israeli researchers set out to find the answer to that question. In short, the answer is yes — but there are some caveats. The research team recruited 128 chronic pain patients from the Rambam Institute for Chronic Pain in Haifa, Israel. Out of these participants, 66 were using medical cannabis, while 62 were not. For the medical marijuana group, the researchers only accepted subjects who used cannabis for at least one year prior to the start of the study.

All of the subjects were age 50 or older, but researchers discovered that patients who chose not to use cannabis tended to be slightly older on average than those who used pot. Researchers also noted that 58 percent of the non-cannabis group were male, versus only 40 percent of the medical marijuana group. The two groups had similar pain levels, education levels, medication use, and patterns of alcohol and cigarette use.

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