Contrary to the common perception that most people buy marijuana in order to get stoned, a new study done by the University of Miami and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has found that the majority of those who buy marijuana in Colorado use the substance as a sleep aid. These findings are significant because recreational marijuana has been legal in the state for about 5 years now.
In the survey, 1,000 customers of two recreational marijuana stores in Colorado were asked a variety of questions about their motivation for using cannabis. 74 percent of the respondents revealed that they buy marijuana as a sleep aid while 65 percent confessed that they buy marijuana to combat pain.
About 80 percent of the survey participants who said they use marijuana for pain relief admitted that the substance was very helpful in that regard, and 88 percent of these people who had ever used opioids reported that because of using cannabis, their use of prescription opioids had reduced.
It isn’t altogether surprising that people are using cannabis to get some sleep. For long, marijuana has been known to have soporific (inducing sleep) effects and some research even suggests that CBD (cannabidiol) is responsible for expediting sleep and enhancing the overall quality of sleep that one has.
Additionally, while limited research is still available on the pain-relief effects of cannabis, some small studies indicate that marijuana may be a viable alternative to the traditional pain medication available on the market. Researchers think this is a strong possibility since the nerves which detect pain also have a large number of cannabinoid receptors.
The researchers who surveyed the cannabis buyers in Colorado wrote that if cannabis is legalized federally, there is a possibility that people’s dependence on strong prescription pain medications which have serious side effects could be reduced.
It has also been suggested that marijuana could be a good alternative if it is used as a harm reduction agent for people who are addicted to opioids.
The findings of this Colorado study are in line with another 2014 study whose findings appeared in JAMA showing that there was a reduction in the level of opioid use after marijuana was legalized.
While more research still needs to be done, industry experts think that the findings of the latest research in Colorado aren’t anything new to companies like Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) and Hemptown USA since the cannabis industry has been talking about the different benefits of cannabis to different groups of people.
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