Anxiety and Sleep: Federal Study Reveals Marijuana’s Superiority Over Alcohol

A recent federally funded study, conducted by researchers from the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and the University of Haifa, sheds light on the sleep experiences of individuals with anxiety. The study involved 347 participants using cannabis to manage anxiety, with daily surveys conducted over a 30-day period. Sleep quality on non-use days, cannabis-only days, alcohol-only days, and co-use days was assessed. Findings reveal that better-quality sleep is reported after cannabis-only and co-use days, challenging the notion of marijuana-induced tolerance affecting sleep quality. Interestingly, there was no significant improvement in sleep quality on alcohol-only days. The study suggests a counterintuitive pattern for more frequent cannabis users, indicating better sleep quality on cannabis-only days. This research supports previous observations that, unlike cannabis, alcohol does not enhance overall sleep quality. The study emphasizes the necessity of experimental investigations into the sleep effects of cannabis and alcohol, especially among those using cannabis to manage anxiety. The potential for misuse and sleep-related problems in this population underscores the importance of future clinical trials exploring different cannabis types and concentrations.

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