Latest cannabis research: five new studies to know about

Latest cannabis research: five new studies to know about
Cannabis Health News

In recent weeks, promising research has been published on the potential of cannabis as a tool for sleep, muscle recovery, multiple sclerosis (MS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). With a record number of research papers published on cannabis and its therapeutic potential in 2022, it can be hard to keep up. While regulators call for more scientific evidence, studies are ongoing across the globe investigating its role in managing the symptoms of a wide range of conditions. A number of studies – including several randomised control trials (RCTs) widely thought to be the ‘gold standard’ of science – have been published lately, providing new insights into its effects in MS, IBD and insomnia. While CBD also shows promise as a tool for promoting muscle recovery and improving memory in CUD. We break five new studies down into what you need to know.   Medicinal cannabis improves sleep in adults with insomnia A double-blind randomised placebo controlled study found that medicinal cannabis oil improved both time and quality of sleep in a group of patients with self-reported insomnia. A total of 29 participants took part and were randomly allocated to receive either a placebo or active oil containing 10 mg/ml tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and 15 mg/ml cannabidiol (CBD) over a two-week period. According to the paper, participants kept a daily diary to assess tolerability, and effectiveness was measured by saliva midnight melatonin levels, validated questionnaires, and the Fitbit sleep tracker.  The cannabis oil was found to improve both time and quality of sleep. Light sleep increased by 21 minutes per night compared to placebo, and the quality of sleep improved overall by up to 80% in the active group. The authors conclude that the oil was ‘well tolerated’ with 60% of participants no longer classified as clinical insomniacs by the end of the trial period. …

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