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Marijuana helps narcolepsy

Medical ConditionNeurodegenerative disorders


A 32-year-old male, furniture mover of 13 years, found relief of daytime sleep attacks and experienced more restful sleep with marijuana.


Short episodes of daytime sleep attacks and poor sleep

Neurodegenerative Disorders






Brief history and target symptomatology

Furniture mover for 13 years uses marijuana for relief of chronic back pain, short sleep attacks in the daytime and unrestful sleep.

Previous and current conventional therapies

OTC medication for back pain in the past. Diagnosed with narcolepsy but refused conventional treatment in favor of marijuana.

Clinical response to Cannabis

Alertness throughout the day, ability to work steadily, restful sleep.

Additional Comments

Diagnosed with idiopathic narcolepsy, no history of TBI or other neurological disorders. Patient attributes effect of marijuana on REM sleep for the relief of his symptoms.
Reference: National Sleep Foundation. "For people with narcolepsy, sleep begins almost immediately with REM sleep and fragments of REM occur involuntarily throughout the waking hours. When you consider that during REM sleep our muscles are paralyzed and dreaming occurs, it is not surprising that narcolepsy is associated with paralysis, hallucinations, and other dream-like and dramatically debilitating symptoms. "

Usual method of Cannabis administration


Frequency of Usage: Time Per Day


Frequency of Usage: Days per Week


Contributing Physician

Stefan Arnon M.D.