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THC Can Treat Sleep Apnea, According To Study


sleep apnea medical marijuanaCourtesy of The Joint Blog

new study published online by the National Institute of Health, and to be published in the journal Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology, has found that THC can effectively treat sleep apnea, which is a “significant public health concern” according to the study’s researchers.

For the study, researchers injected dronabinol [synthetic THC]locally into the nodose ganglia, and found that it “suppresses 5-HT-induced reflex apnea, and increases phasic, but not tonic, activation of the genioglossus”.

Researchers found that their data “supports the view that dronabinol stabilizes respiratory pattern and augments upper airway muscles by acting at the nodose ganglia. These findings underscore a therapeutic potential of dronabinol for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.”

According to those behind the study, it isn’t the first to find that cannabinoids can help with sleep apnea; “Previous investigations demonstrated that systemically administered cannabinoids can be used therapeutically to decrease the apnea/hypopnea index in rats and in humans”.

Given this, this new study does an excellent job of validating past research (including this studyreleased in June), and showing quite clearly that cannabis can have a beneficial effect on sleep apnea, and may have the potential to treat it entirely.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Center for Narcolepsy, Sleep and Health Research, and the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, both at the University of Illinois.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com


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  1. I have sleep apnea pretty bad. Have for years, hate the cpap. I end up tearing it off in my sleep so i don’t use it. Over the last few months my husband has told me my symptoms have dropped to almost nil. The ONLY thing I’ve been doing differently is taking a couple of tokes before bed a few times a week (after not really having smoked for many years)

    Yes, this is anecdotal, but after happening across a few articles on it I’m convinced it’s related.

    It could save my life.

  2. Sleep Disorder on

    in the abstract of the study it says “cannabinoids” can relive sleep apnea and there is no mention of THC as the specific chemical that does this. As i am sure you are aware, there are different cannabiniods as well . I think your blog has jumped to conclusions.

  3. i was rated at 70 disruptive incidents an hr also!!!
    i was 285lbs and now down to 195lbs…i stopped using my cpap all together
    i have not given up a 1/2 joint nightly..

  4. I have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and it doesn’t seem to help me. I was have 70 incidents an hour, Only with the CPAP machine have I been able to bring down those incidences to 3 an hour.

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