Sleep issues are one of the most common health detractors in the United States. According to the American Sleep Association, between 50 and 70 million American adults have some of type of sleep disorder. Whether it be sleep apnea, poor sleep quality, or the occasional night filled with restlessness, many of us have at some point dealt with the negative effects of sleep deprivation.
On the March 7, 2018 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, actress Charlize Theron revealed her and her mother have historically struggled with insomnia. But she recently discovered cannabis edibles for insomnia treatment and is happy with the results. “I have really bad sleep, and so does my mom,” Theron admitted. “We were talking about cannabis because we do take sleep medication and I was saying to her, maybe we should figure out something that could help us with sleep.”
Cannabis edibles have helped Theron and her mother with insomnia, but they have also helped many others. There is some credible scientific evidence that supports thousands of anecdotal claims that edibles help treat sleep disorders.
EVIDENCE PROMOTING EFFICACY OF CANNABIS EDIBLES
According a study conducted by the U.S. Institute of Health, cannabis has the ability in certain circumstances to act as a sedative. This study does provide evidence that cannabis can help induce sleep, but it clarifies that not all cannabis compounds are right for insomnia. The authors of the study make clear that THC does have sedative effects but the CBD also “appears to have alerting properties [which] increased awake activity during sleep and counteracted the sedative effects of THC.”
Though the study’s results may seem surprising to some, it makes sense that CBD would induce more brain activity than THC. Many use CBD to treat depression and some of it’s common symptoms such as fatigue, and there is evidence that supports their claims. THC on the other hand is notorious for its sedative effects.
THERON IS UNCHARACTERISTICALLY OPEN ABOUT HER USE OF EDIBLES
The idea of cannabis as a medicinal plant has gained popularity at an incredible rate over the past few years. Celebrities like Charlize Theron are becoming more open about their consumption of cannabis. As seen above, UFC fighter Nate Diaz even lit up a joint on live television a few weeks ago. Famous stars have always been proponents of cultural change and more will likely become vocal about their medical cannabis support.