It is not uncommon for people who have been diagnosed with PTSD to also suffer from sleep problems or disorders. Someone who suffers from PTSD, who also has difficulty sleeping is common and therefore sleeping difficulties are hyperarousal symptoms of PTSD. These sleeping difficulties in association with PTSD are considered to be the more difficult symptoms of PTSD to treat.
The study hypothesized that medical cannabis users with PTSD would be more likely to report cannabis use specifically to improve sleep. This was compared to those without PTSD. Further, due to the development of tolerance to the sleep-inducing effects of cannabis, as well as prior documented associations between coping-oriented use and heavy cannabis use patterns, the study hypothesized that those with PTSD, who also used for sleep motives would evidence greater cannabis use frequency.
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Is There Evidence That Medical Cannabis Can Treat Insomnia in PTSD Patients?
The present study provides empirical evidence to suggest that individuals with high levels of PTSD symptoms use medicinal cannabis for coping and sleep motives and that sleep-motivated use, specifically, is associated with more frequent cannabis use. The present study sought to examine the specific cannabis motives that distinguish a medicinal cannabis-using individual with PTSD from an individual without PTSD, and whether the interaction of PTSD and PTSD-specific use motives are associated with more severe use frequency.
Interventions shown to improve sleep quality may be useful in terms of providing an alternative to cannabis for individuals with PTSD who are reporting significant difficulties with sleep.
Sleep problems are important to address, so if you are suffering from difficulties trying to sleep or difficulty staying asleep, it’s important that you consult your doctor of a medical professional.