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Cannabis and Sleep

Presented by Dr Steven Salzman

About this module:

In this presentation, US trauma specialist Dr Steven Salzman MD explains the importance of addressing sleep disorders when treating chronic pain and chronic illness, with a focus on the evidence that key phytocannabinoids cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can help address insomnia, sleep apnoea and excessive daytime sleepiness. Dr Salzman gives an overview of his clinical approach in treating patients with medicinal cannabis, honed over years of treating complex chronic pain patients with a range of medical disorders.

This presentation is suitable for healthcare practitioners and those with a background in biomedical sciences. It assumes a knowledge of the endocannabinoid system and medicinal cannabis pharmacodynamics.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complex nature of insomnia and sleep disorders in chronic pain and chronic illness. 
  • Describe how medical cannabis is being utilized for a variety of sleep-related issues and findings from the current scientific literature.
  • Discuss the role that CBD, THC and CBN may play in the future treatment of sleep-related disorders.
  • Debate the role of terpenes present in full spectrum medicinal cannabis products in addressing sleep disorders.
  • Discuss the limitation of current research into the use of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of sleep disorders.

Dr Steven Salzman, MD

Dr. Steven Salzman, Medical Director, has been a practicing trauma surgeon and trauma intensivist for over 20 years, and has unparalleled experience treating patients with sleep disorders and complex pain syndromes.

He has integral faculty involvement in resident and fellow education at hospitals where he is on staff, and sits on a number of philanthropic and outreach boards.
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