# 74 - Sleep & THC

# 74 - Sleep & THC

Update: 2024-05-201
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Matt continues his exploration into the intricate link between cannabis and sleep, focusing on THC in this second installment, beginning with a reminder to listeners of the historical insights from doctors like O'Shaughnessy and Clendinning in the 1800s regarding cannabis's sleep-inducing effects. He shifts to how THC affects sleep today, noting that while it initially reduces sleep onset time and early night awakenings, chronic use worsens sleep quality, leading to frequent disruptions, especially in the second half of the night due to lower "sleep pressure."

Matt then dives into THC's impact on REM sleep, crucial for memory and emotional regulation. He details how THC reduces REM sleep quantity and quality, affecting cognitive and emotional stability the next day. He also touches on broader health risks associated with reduced REM sleep, including increased mortality risks, as well as the sleep issues associated with quitting THC. Acknowledging full well that he has “no business telling anyone what to do with their life or how to live their life,” Matt's discussion here today simply provides the scientific data behind the pros and cons involved in the THC-sleep space, laying a solid foundation upon which listeners  can make their own choices.

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# 74 - Sleep & THC

# 74 - Sleep & THC

Dr. Matt Walker