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Marijuana and Sleep – What You Need To Know

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Medical Marijuana and Sleep

Given marijuana’s soothing effects, many studies already revealed that it could serve as an effective sleeping aid for people who have troubles finding their ways into the dreamland. However, although the role of cannabis in helping people get a good night rest comes as a no surprise anymore, many remains unaware about the real relationship that links the two.

That’s why, to give you a brief yet important background about this topic, here are 5 facts about marijuana and sleep that you should not miss knowing.

Marijuana and Sleep – Facts

Marijuana Makes You Fall Asleep Faster

If you have been struggling drifting straight to the dreamland, taking cannabis might just be the answer you’re looking for. Since marijuana reduces stress and promotes a calming sensation, it helps a person fall asleep much faster, especially for those suffering from pain, insomnia, PTSD, or other types of ailments that affect one’s ability to drift into the sleeping realm instantly.

Cannabis Reduces Your Ability to Dream

If you have been using marijuana as a good night pill for quite some time now, you might be noticing that you’re missing some dreams. Various studies have shown that regular intake of cannabis before going to bed reduces the time spent in REM, or the final stage of your sleep cycle in which dream occurs. Because of this, you might have trouble experiencing dreams or having vivid ones. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to bid your dreams a permanent farewell. In fact, stopping the use of cannabis will lead you to an experience called the “REM rebound,” or a period of intense, lucid dreaming.

Smoking Marijuana at an Early Age Could Lead to Sleep Problems

Although cannabis is a proven sleeping supplement, taking these plants at an early age could do the opposite. According to a study conducted in 2014, which involved 1, 811 participants, using marijuana before the age of 15 may lead to sleeping problems throughout adulthood.

However, the study fails to determine whether it is the use of marijuana that causes sleep problems or if insomniacs tend to use weeds for its therapeutic effects. With this gap, more studies are still needed to confirm the premise and shed light into the actual relations of the two.

Taking Cannabis Leads to Better Breathing

The use of marijuana before going to bed is also advisable for people suffering from sleep apnea, or the condition wherein frequent obstructions of breath could interfere with a person’s sleeping time, causing headaches, stress, mood alterations, and many more. In a study conducted in 2013, it was shown that the use of dronabinol, an exogenous cannabinoid, improves the sleeping ability of 15 out of 17 participants. Today, more studies are being conducted to further expand on this topic.

A Sudden Halt in The Use of Cannabis After a Long-Term Habit Could Worsen Sleep

A 2008 study revealed that discontinuing use of cannabis after long-term practice reduces sleep time, shortens REM time, and causes more sleep disruption. Usually, when one suddenly stops taking marijuana after a long-term use, he or she might find himself/herself waking in the middle of the night or feeling exhausted the next day.

Missing your sweet, tranquil moments on bed? Before you dive straight into taking the nearest marijuana on your side table, be sure to keep these facts in mind to avoid unwanted consequences.

Want to know more about the relationship between cannabis and sleep? Don’t hesitate to contact the medical experts as early as today and educate yourself on how these two relate.

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Columbia Care Kicks Off First Cannabis Credit Card

Jordan Webber

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Columbia Care Cannabis Credit Card

Columbia Care announced the launch of its National Credit program with its CNC Card.

The medical marijuana company licensed to operate in the U.S. and 15 jurisdictions in the European Union said the launch of the card follows a successful test run in New York in the second half of 2018. The introduction of the card led to an 18% increase in the number of in-store purchases. Moreover, the card also helped boost repeat visits and home delivery orders.

With the card, people in the U.S. can now get a credit card for buying medical cannabis.

From New York, the Columbia Care will offer the program to its Delaware and Pennsylvania markets. Later, the company’s Illinois and Arizona customers can apply for the card. The firm aims to expand the reach of its program to all its locations by the end of 2019.

Cannabis Credit Card

Available initially only at Columbia Care dispensaries, the firm is looking into opportunities for expanding the availability of the card across the country through targeted partnerships.

Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care, said the firm aims on expanding the cannabis market in the country. Through the launching of the first cannabis credit card in the country, the company allows consumers and participants in the industry to purchase cannabis products.

He also said the card would act as a starting point of the company’s nationwide growth initiatives, including home delivery, the launching of an e-commerce site, and automatic fulfillment.

In addition to having a tool for an electronic form of payment, CNC cardholders can also be eligible for other benefits including discounts, cash back affinity programs, educational seminars, privileged access to new products and other exclusive offers.

Cannabis Banking Gaining Steam

Aside from having a cannabis credit card, medical marijuana customers may also enjoy the benefits of banking. Earlier this month, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation that kicks off a three-year pilot program wherein cannabis firms could use an online system in sending and receiving digital currency.

Last month, the California State Senate passed a bill allowing financial institutions to offer products and services dedicated to cannabis financial transactions.

If Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the legislation, around 900 bank branches in the state would be allowed to handle cannabis cash, California Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg said.

The federal government is also working on protecting legitimate cannabis financial transactions. Earlier this month, a U.S. House committee approved a bill that includes a provision that would safeguard banks serving legal marijuana businesses from getting penalized by federal financial regulators.

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Church of England Backs Medical Cannabis Use and Investment

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Church of England Cannabis Investments

The Church of England (CofE) has recently given the green light on the use of medical marijuana and cannabis investment.

The investment arm of CofE, the Church Commissioners of England, said it would lift its self-imposed ban on investing in medical cannabis. This reversal takes place at a time when many significant investment funds remain steadfast on so-called “sin stocks” or companies operating in industries facing legal uncertainties.

The CofE investment arm, which manages the church’s £12.6 billion ($16 billion) portfolios, had previously enforced an investment exclusion policy on cannabis. So far, it has not yet invested in companies related to the sector, Church Commissioners head of responsible investment, Edward Mason, said.

Mason said the change in CofE’s stand comes after it has made a distinction between recreational and medical cannabis. After realizing the potency of the plant’s medicinal properties, the church is content with its proper use for therapeutic reasons.

The UK government legalized medicinal cannabis in October 2018. However, only a fraction of British patients received a medical cannabis prescription, citing difficulty in persuading specialists about marijuana as a right medical option as a primary reason. Other reasons include the problems dispensaries face in obtaining licenses for cannabis-based products as well as the trouble in transporting them once they arrive in the country.

The Duality of Marijuana as an Investment

Like the Church Commissioners of England, other ethical investors are also starting to recognise the dual nature of marijuana as an investment. KLP Fund, an Oslo-based firm with $80 billion in assets, has recently sold its stocks in recreational cannabis. But it retains its stakes in medicinal marijuana

The AP Funds in Sweden also recommended the exclusion of recreational marijuana from its $180-billion portfolio. Like KLP, it said, it will still invest in medical marijuana companies. The Swedish fund referred to the recent guidance of the UN on both ethical investment and narcotics.

The CofE said it will not invest in companies that get more than 10% of their revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana. This rate is the threshold the company uses for the majority of its other ethical exclusions, including tobacco, gambling, pornography, and lenders charging at high interests.

The UK’s church is known for publicly voicing its positions in ethical investment issues. It considers factors such as morality, environmental impact, corporate governance, and social good. It the past, the church has challenged ExxonMobil and Glencore by pressuring executives to improve their policies related to environment preservation.

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VA Restricts Veterans’ Access to Medical Marijuana

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VA's Restriction to Medical Marijuana

Veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system are having difficulty accessing medical marijuana for their medical conditions, says US News. The department has policies in place preventing doctors from prescribing medical cannabis to retired military personnel.

The VA has taken this move because of marijuana’s status as a Schedule I substance. The policy applies even in medical facilities in states with legal medical marijuana. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal cannabis, 10 of which allows recreational use of the plant.

Marijuana laws in these states allow medicinal application for chronic pain, spasms and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) just to name a few. However, Lt. Col. Doug Distaso of the Air Force has not been able to access the plant for therapeutic purposes due to VA’s restrictions. Instead, Distaso was prescribed a ‘drug cocktail’ which causes him to undergo a ‘medicated stupor.’

Aside from Distaso, there are thousands of veterans experiencing chronic pain and treated using opioids. Moreover, these military personnel also retire from service with PTSD. Reports show that there are at least 20 deaths through suicide recorded every day.

According to the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), the Schedule I list is composed of drugs, substances, and chemicals that have nor currently accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse. Marijuana is listed along with heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

The US News reports that the VA has only created two opportunities to discuss cannabis for veteran patients when they request information.

Meanwhile, veteran groups such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America are calling for reforms to VA’s systems. These groups also promote cannabis for pain management and mental health illnesses. They also recognize the plant’s potential to address the opioid epidemic.

 

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