It is the position of the AASM:
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is the leading professional society dedicated to promotion of sleep health. The AASM promotes sleep health and fosters high-quality, patient-centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research, and practice standards. The AASM endeavors to advance sleep health policy that improves the health and well-being of the general public.
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That patients with OSA should be advised to discuss their treatment options with a licensed medical provider at an accredited sleep facility.
The flower from the cannabis plant has nearly 100 different active compounds called cannabinoids that work on the human endocannabinoid system through two main receptors, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The two extensively researched cannabinoids are delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the primary psychoactive component of cannabis that results in euphoria, hallucinations, anxiety, and tachycardia by acting on the CB1 receptor, while CBD counteracts the THC effects and has potential medicinal value of analgesia, neuroprotection, and anti-inflammatory action by acting on the CB2 receptor. To maximize the potential therapeutic applicability of medical cannabis, synthetic-based cannabis products have been developed such as synthetic THC (dronabinol, nabilone), CBD, and nabiximols (1:1 THC/CBD combination). Some of these synthetic cannabis products are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for certain medical indications.
With CBD’s link to helping anxiety, stress, and falling asleep, there is speculation CBD might be an effective form of treatment for sleep apnea . Users report CBD helps them fall asleep and relax at night, therefore CBD might be helpful for sleep apnea patients who are struggling to adjust to therapy and/or are stressed about falling asleep with a new mask or machine.
Cannabidiol products like CBD oil, cream, and tablets have been linked to help with anxiety and stress . Applying CBD cream or taking a CBD pill before you head to sleep might help relax your mind and relieve your daytime anxieties. People react differently to different application methods and dosages of CBD oil . Therefore, we suggest discussing dosages and application methods with your doctor before treating any condition with CBD .
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If you believe you have sleep apnea and are looking for a viable treatment option , visit our information page about Health Sqyre’s Home Sleep Test process. From diagnosis to picking out your first PAP machine, we will work with you every step of the way. We understand the importance of a good night’s sleep !
Is CBD legal?
CBD , or cannabidiol , is a type of cannabinoid . Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis plants . Although derived from the cannabis plant and found in marijuana, CBD is NOT psychoactive. CBD does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC ), the active ingredient in marijuana responsible for feelings of euphoria and ‘high’.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal breathing during sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea ( OSA ).
Some states have fully legalized CBD , medical marijuana , and recreational marijuana. Other states have legalized only CBD oil , and a select few states have not legalized any cannabis products. Due to this variation, we suggest checking your state’s specific CBD guidelines before buying or selling any CBD products.
CBD and Safety
In the media, CBD products are advertised to treat anxiety, stress, seizures, chronic pain , inflammation, and acne/skin blemishes. However, research on the benefits and side effects of CBD is limited. The FDA has currently only approved one CBD medication. Epidiolex was approved in June 2018 to treat specific types of seizures.
With the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, cannabis -derived products with less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC ) were legalized on a federal level. However, the guidelines and regulations for CBD vary state-by-state.