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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Consume marijuana before age 15 can be caused insomnia

Recent research by the University of Pennsylvania, USA, showed that people who use marijuana (cannabis) before reaching the age of 15 years, double the risk of developing insomnia later in life. Researchers in the U.S. found that a history of drug use and marijuana linked to increased risk of sleeping difficulties.

The participants in this study, which is when a child has been using marijuana, reported having trouble sleeping, where they have struggled to fall asleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, not sleep well, and feel sleepy during the day.

The scientists at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia found a similarity in adults who use marijuana before age 15. "Users and ex-users of marijuana are more likely to have trouble sleeping," said Jilesh Chheda, a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania.
Smoked marijuana at a young age? Early cannabis use can impact your sleep quality and lead to sleep issues like insomnia later in adulthood. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/Tl6OJI)
"The most striking finding is that there is a strong relationship between age of first use with sleep problems experienced later in life, no matter how often they use marijuana. Guys who started to use cannabis from an early age are more likely to have sleep problems when they are adults," she said.

To achieve the results of the study, the researchers analyzed a group of adults, aged 20-59 years, were recorded in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey National from 2007 to 2008. A total of 1,811 participants reported a history of drug use or cannabis.

History of cannabis use were analyzed, such as a person's age first tried marijuana and how many times a person using marijuana in the last month. Difficulty sleeping is considered a severe problem if it happens at least 15 days a month.

The results showed that those who started using cannabis in adolescence may have a higher risk of suffering from sleeplessness at a later date. The researchers concluded that people started using drugs earlier are more likely to have trouble sleeping because of other reasons, including stress.

Researchers also said that insomnia can also be one of the reasons people start or continue the use of marijuana. However, researchers suggest the use of drugs to combat sleep problems tend to be ineffective, if people are still experiencing insomnia.

"Since the use of marijuana legal in some countries and states in the U.S., it is important to understand the impact of cannabis use on public health," said Chheda.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana use among young people has increased since 2007. Several experts have linked the rise in cannabis use with increased public debate about the legal status of opium leaves,  that's Dailymail reports said. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DAILY MAIL]
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