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Marijuana and sleep apnea

Postby galaxxydoll2 » Sat Oct 21, 2006 4:31 pm

I'm new to the group as I have been just diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. I also just started using my CPAP machine and I haven't been able to sleep without taking a sleeping pill. I told a friend of mine I had Sleep Apnea. He told me that marijuana could help with my sleep apnea. Of course I know that marijuana is illegal, but the question is....Has anyone tried it? Did it help you?
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Dave's not here, man. :lol:
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Postby Vicki » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:12 pm

Dear Galaxydoll,

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by a physical obstruction, therefore any drug that will further relax throat muscles will increase the severity of OSA. So marijuana will increase the severity of sleep apnea. Maybe your friend was thinking of insomnia, but in addition to the decrease in cognitive function because of the pot, you will be dulled because you are more hypoxic as well. This has come up before, so I'm sure there are lots of folks out there hoping for a medicinal marijuana cure :-D .

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Postby Brian » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:28 pm

Thanks Vicki,

I spent a couple of hours researching this last night and couldn't come up with anything definitive. There was some reference to some studies that suggest marijuana might be helpful, but the way they were worded I got the impression they were speaking of central apnea. I did see many references to marijauna use for insomnia, but while it seems to help many fall asleep quickly, it also causes fragmented sleep cycles, so it is actually doing more harm than good in that regard. Maybe the sleep cycles are disturbed because folks are waking at 3 am with the munchies? :lol:

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Re: Marijuana and sleep apnea

Postby thewriteone » Fri Sep 28, 2007 2:58 am

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Postby Vicki » Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:20 am

Thewriteone,

Could you please post those links? Are they peer reviewed journal articles?

Thanks!!

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found this too

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Postby Vicki » Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:37 am

Thanks for the links. They are all for the same study so I think I'll email the principle investigator and ask if they continued the project. It is interesting and I'll make sure the topic isn't just dismissed in the future.

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Postby virginia57 » Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:56 am

This is interesting. My Son has a benign tumor that gives him headaches 24/7. The only thing that really helps him is Marijuana. He's blind, and has been talking a lot about moving to Portland , Oregon where the public transportation is great and he can get medicinal Marijuana. Find out more, and I might go with him LOL. Virginia
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Postby virginia57 » Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:52 pm

I've been on Cpap for a year. Its been pretty good for me, although I still have daytime sleepiness that I am using Provigil for. I just had my pressure jump to 20 from 12, I'm doing better but I don't believe I'll ever see that elusive >5 number. Lately its been running 6 or 7 , but thats almost all hypnoapneas, apneas running at .5. better than a AHI of 20 with the apneas being about 6 . My son has done all of his research, and I believe he knows what he's doing. He knows how much Marijuana he needs to stop his headaches, and avoid the coginitive problems that might come with smoking it. He managed to graduate from his University with a 3.5 average, doing it in 3 years despite being functionally blind and suffering from headaches for 2 of the years. He's at home now, and doesn't have access to the marijuana, so he's on gabitron (sp?) for the headaches, which causes him to be lathargic and lay around all day. Marijuana doesnt do that to him. Too bad I can't hook him up to a CPap machine to help his headaches, but his are not apnea related. Virginia
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Postby ima16 » Fri Sep 28, 2007 2:00 pm

I'd be afraid of smoking it.. smoking in general really. I'm an ex-smoker, and wonder if that habit contributed to my OSA. or is that a topic for another thread? If after all the evidence is weighed and if it turns out positive it'll be magic cookie land for me :)

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