Cannabis may help with Sleep Apnea

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Cannabis may help with Sleep Apnea

Jamie Warren
| 2020-02-04 | 1 min read

Clinical research by Dr. Carley and his team at the University of Chicago has shown that small oral doses of Dronabinol, a man-made form of cannabis, can significantly reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea. Dronabinol is already approved to treat loss of appetite in AIDS sufferers and also alleviates severe nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy.

Cannabis is known to stabilize disturbed breathing patterns. So this important research may be a further indication that apnea is caused more from neurophysiological rather than anatomical malfunctions. Finding a pharmacological or neuro-physiological solution to this endemic problem may turn out to be an alternative to CPAP. But don’t think smoking marijuana will solve your apnea problem. There are many forms of cannabis, and it is yet to be established which type and dosage is best to treat apnea.

References

Pharmacotherapy of Apnea by Cannabimimetic Enhancement, the PACE Clinical Trial: Effects of Dronabinol in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Effects of Cannabinoid Agonists and Antagonists on Sleep and Breathing in Sprague-Dawley Rats

Pharmacology of vagal afferent influences on disordered breathing during sleep