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International Sleep Charity partner with Sapphire Institute for Medical Cannabis Education

Published: 24/11/2021

The Sapphire Institute for Medical Cannabis Education, which provides a free source of online learning for patients and CPD certified training for healthcare professionals on medical cannabis therapy, has partnered with The International Sleep Charity (“ISC”), a registered charity in the UK with a mission to improve global wellbeing through sleep education. In December they will jointly host global researchers and clinicians to discuss medical cannabis for sleep and insomnia.

Sleep quality is an important aspect of a healthy life however research consistently shows that a significant proportion of the population suffers from poor sleep and sleep conditions such as insomnia, with one in three adults affected by insomnia. During this roundtable, global experts will review the existing evidence for the potential of medical cannabis and cannabinoids in the treatment of impaired sleep, including randomised controlled trials, as well as sharing the latest research projects, trials and patient outcomes.

Speakers include

  • Professor Ron Grunstein – Professor of Sleep Medicine at the University of Sydney and lead of the Sleep and Circadian Research Group at the Woolcock Institute. He is the principle investigator on the CANSLEEP trial.
  • Dr Jen Walsh – Lecturer at the Centre for Sleep Science in the School of Human Sciences at The University of Western Australia and a research fellow at the West Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute. She recently published the results of the ZTL-INS-201, a trial investigating medical cannabis in insomnia.
  • Dr Mark Weatherall – Consultant Neurologist at Sapphire Medical Clinics prescribing medical cannabis for a range of neurological conditions including treatment resistant insomnia.
  • Dr Simon Erridge – Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London and Head of Research and Access at Sapphire Medical Clinics

Dr Connor Qiu, Co-founder of the International Sleep Charity, commented: “Medical cannabis as a treatment option is a novel and interesting area for impactful translational research. By partnering with the Sapphire Institute for Medical Cannabis Education, we host a panel of international experts to add to this dialogue, in keeping with The International Sleep Charity’s ultimate aim of helping as many people as possible to sleep better.”

Dr Mikael Sodergren, Managing Director and Academic Lead at Sapphire Medical Clinics, commented: “We are delighted to partner with the International Sleep Charity, which seeks to help millions of people across the globe improve their health and well-being by sleeping better, through education and key initiatives. Sleep disorders are thought to affect at least 20% of the population and cannabis and cannabinoid-based products are increasingly consumed by a wide demographic seeking to improve sleep conditions such as insomnia but also for patients with other chronic conditions where sleep is negatively impacted such as chronic pain and anxiety. We look forward to the knowledge exchange between Sapphire Institute for Education, ISC and patients around the world who seek a better night’s rest.”

Rebecca Stott, a patient with Crohn’s Disease, commented on the importance of this educational partnership, “At Sapphire Medical Clinics I am part of the access scheme which contributes to the growing research on medical cannabis and how it treats a range of symptoms that keep me awake including pain related to my Crohn’s disease, bone pain, anxiety and bad dreams. For me, I notice a huge difference by having 5 to 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep most nights. As a patient, it is encouraging to see partnerships like this enable greater understanding of the global evidence for medical cannabis for a range of conditions.”

About The International Sleep Charity

Founded in 2020, The International Sleep Charity is made up of a passionate team of volunteers, from former poor sleepers to sleep enthusiasts and university students including Imperial College London and Cambridge University.

We believe that everybody deserves a good night’s sleep. Our mission is to help millions of people across the globe improve their health and well-being by sleeping better. We do this through facilitating a collaborative global platform for grassroots movements to use as a launchpad for their own ground breaking, sleep-changing initiatives.;

FREE TREATMENT – We offer free Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia for those most in need.

EDUCATION – Our Global Webinar Series welcomes world renowned sleep experts. These online events are free to attend and open to everyone.

RESEARCH – Our research team is constantly working on new and innovative research studies around sleep.

TESTING – As an independent testing house, we help to set scientifically accountable standards for the sleep industry, so you can be confident in your purchase, whether it’s a mattress or other sleep product.

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