Medical cannabis could be used to treat insomnia

  • THE results of a world-first study have shown that medicinal cannabis can be used as a novel treatment for adults suffering from chronic insomnia.
  • The study was co-ordinated through the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Sleep Science using a cannabinoid extract provided by Zelira Therapeutics, an Australian medical research and development company.
  • Lead researcher, Professor Peter Eastwood from UWA’s Centre for Sleep Science, said the study was the most rigorous clinical trial ever undertaken to assess the therapeutic potential of medicinal cannabis to treat the symptoms of chronic insomnia.
  • It shows potential to improve insomnia symptoms over a relatively short period of time (2 week) without any adverse symptoms.
  • Nimbin Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said any university research that promoted the de-stigmatisation of this herb was a positive thing, but noted the process was moving slowly in Australia.

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