Youth cannabis use may contribute to adult sleep disturbances: study

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Future studies need to use objective sleep measures such as actigraphy or accelerometers as they provide better measures of sleep duration and activity. The study’s results indicate one of the developmental outcomes of early-onset cannabis use can be insomnia, as well as other sleep disturbances. The results indicated participants who began consuming cannabis regularly at a younger age experienced significant sleep disturbances when compared to those who consumed later or not at all. “Earlier age of onset for regular cannabis use was significantly associated with shorter adult sleep duration on both weekdays and weekends,” researchers wrote. “Additive genetics significantly contributed to the onset of regular cannabis use and adult weekend sleep duration. In a sample of 1,656 adult twin participants (56 per cent of whom were female) at an average of 25.79 years of age, “linear mixed effects models” were employed to study the influence of retrospectively assessed age of onset for regular cannabis consumption on adult sleep duration. Subscribe to the Cannabis Post newsletter for weekly insights into the industry, what insiders will be talking about and content from across the Postmedia Network.

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