Sleep and Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana & Wellness Post-Webinar Resources

The Webinar

Thank you to everyone who attended the January 12, 2022  Medical Marijuana Awareness & Wellness webinar on Sleep!

Watch the video on our Youtube Channel! Your questions and comments during the live Q&A helped to make a great source of information for the next person seeking treatment.

Speakers featured in this webinar were host Marc Matoza, Greg Holt, PhD, RRT, FAASM Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine,and Claus Alfaro, Community Educator for Trulieve

Ongoing Education

We’ve partnered with medical marijuana education experts to provide you further resources on the topic of sleep and medical marijuana.

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Overview: What is Sleep?

  • MMTCFL Chronic Conditions Resources
  • Cannabis and sleep: Two specialists talk risks, benefits with Dr. Roni Sharon, MD

Materials from the Webinar

  • View the slides from the live presentation
  • How CBD Oil Affects Chronic Pain and Inflammation with Thomas DeLauer
  • Weed (Parts 1-4) with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Cannachats Recommended Reading

  • Sleep & Medical Marijuana
  • Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida

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Meet the Speakers

Joshua Littrell, Founder and Managing Director of the Veterans for Cannabis Foundation

Claucous Alfaro

Community Educator, Trulieve

Webinars Featuring Claucous Alfaro
Read more about Claucous Alfaro

Claucous (Claus) Alfaro is a dedicated Community Educator and Activist, and his passion for helping others shines through in everything he does.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Colombia, Claus always knew he wanted to help people live healthier, longer lives. With more than a decade of experience in the alternative medicine industry, along with his work in the Florida Medical Marijuana industry, he has done exactly that. Now he’s set his sights on helping increase the current cannabis patient population in Florida to more than one million patients through his work with Trulieve.

In his free time, Claus enjoys spending time with friends and family, training CrossFit, traveling, and listening to music. He’s always looking for ways to learn and grow, and he hopes to inspire more people to invest in their health.

Joshua Littrell, Founder and Managing Director of the Veterans for Cannabis Foundation

Marc Matoza, Series Host

President and Founder, Marijuana Med Today

Read more about Marc Matoza

Marc is a technology and business development manager with expertise in technology, database, cybersecurity, and online/web/mobile computing. As an inventor, computer scientist, and entrepreneur, he has developed innovative tech products including a leading relational database, multiple digital multilingual dictionaries, a digital bilingual reference/grammar-checking word processing add-on, golf [sports] swing video capture & analysis solutions, and certified safe anti-microbial environments.

Marc’s multinational background includes technology and corporate management experience with Hewlett Packard, Netscape Communications, Ashton-Tate, AlphaGraphics SA, MarcTech SA/LLC, and Swing Solutions. This includes managing operations in Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the USA. He has a Computer Science Degree from California Polytechnic State University.

Read about Medical Marijuana Awareness Webinars
Joshua Littrell, Founder and Managing Director of the Veterans for Cannabis Foundation

Gregory Holt, PhD RRT FAASM

President, Texas Society of Sleep Professionals
Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine
Director of Operations and Polysomnography,
Respiratory Quality Services

Read more about Gregory Holt

Dr. Gregory Holt is the Director of Operations and Polysomnography for Respiratory Quality Services (RQS) in Houston, TX. Dr. Holt has been trained as a respiratory therapist at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. He’s worked in the acute care setting on code teams, ventilator management, labor & delivery, and hyperbaric medicine. He has administrative experience as the Asst. Director of Respiratory Care at E.A. Conway Memorial Hospital, Monroe, LA., Director of Pulmonary Diagnostic Testing at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA., and Program Director of Respiratory Care, Florida A&M University.

He completed his education at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, earning a Doctorate in Physiology in 1992 while studying Respiratory Muscle Afferent Signal Processing. He has been involved in clinical sleep medicine for 25 years prior to his arrival at RQS. Dr. Holt participated in the initiation of the Sleep Diagnostic Laboratory at Temple University Hospital in 1992. He was Board Certified as a Clinical Sleep Specialist by the American Board of Sleep Medicine in 2005 and since has helped thousands of patients with sleep/wake disorders. Dr. Holt has been the Medical Director of sleep clinics in Florida, he’s held joint appointments with UT Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine at Temple University Hospital, Pulmonary Medicine at the Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital and the Sleep Therapy & Research Institute in San Antonio. Dr. Holt continues his interests in clinical patient care and remains active as a Respiratory Therapist at the South Texas ALS Clinic and the Houston Methodist ALS Clinic. He has been involved with Veteran’s Health while working as a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist and diving with patients suffering from traumatic brain injury.

His research interests are in the control of breathing, diagnostic testing in the ALS population and sleep medicine. Dr. Holt has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters in the field. His most recent publication is a book chapter on the Principles of Mechanical Ventilation (Shelledy & Peters, eds., 2019).

Currently, Dr. Holt serves as a member of the HME-RT Council, American Association for Homecare, an item writer for the National Board of Respiratory Care, and President of the Texas Society of Sleep Professionals. He continues to work with the ALS Association, and local support and community groups while enjoying participating in ALS sponsored events. He is an avid motorcycle enthusiast, enjoys sailing, diving, hunting & fishing. Dr Holt is married and has 5 children which he jokes about, pointing to his interest as a long-distance motorcyclist.

What is Sleep?

Overview by the American Sleep Association

Generally, sleep is the natural state of the body and mind that characterizes an altered consciousness. In the process, there is relative inhibited sensory activity in the mind that allows the muscle to work voluntarily. Once a person is asleep, interaction with his environment is reduced.

1 in 3 Americans suffer for insomnia or other sleep related problems.

Sleep is a dynamic activity, not a static state, meaning that it has multiple forms and stages during one cycle.

See Also from MMTCFL:

Cannabis and sleep: Two specialists talk risks, benefits

Dr. Roni Sharon and Dr. Daniel Barone | The Cannigma, May. 2020

Is marijuana a good treatment for insomnia and other sleep disorders? What are the long-term consequences of using cannabis to sleep? Are they worth it?

In The Cannigma’s third medical cannabis educational webinar, Dr. Roni Sharon and Dr. Daniel Baron discuss how to get a better night’s sleep, whether cannabis can be of use, how REM sleep is impacted by marijuana, and much more. Dr. Roni Sharon is a board certified neurologist and pain specialist who practices in New York and Israel.

Continued Education and Awareness Resources

Materials from the Webinar

“Cytokines are signaling proteins that ultimately recruit inflammation to happen. Cytokines will trigger specific immune cells to release inflammation or actually even reduce inflammation, given the right circumstances. […] CBD actually modulates the cytokine production.”

Weed (Parts 1-3)

CNN Documentary | Dr. Sanjay Gupta, 2013-2015

Weed (Part 4)

CNN Documentary | Dr. Sanjay Gupta, 2016

Dr. Sanjay Gupta‘s enterprise reporting on medical marijuana has led to five documentary films, “Weed,” which were awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

Cannachats Recommended Reading

Sleep & Medical Marijuana

Cannabis Expectancies for Sleep – Altman BR, Mian MN, Slavin M, Earleywine M. Cannabis Expectancies for Sleep. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2019 Nov-Dec

What is Sleep and Why is it Important?

American Sleep Association

Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida


Patient Information Brochure
Medical Marijuana Awareness Webinars, in partnership with MMTCFL

Office of Medical Marijuana Use
Florida Department of Health |


Florida Medical Marijuana Patient Application
Click to Download from the Office of Medical Marijuana Use

Medical Marijuana Patient Webinars

Cannabis 101 with Leafly | Cannabis 101

Suncoast NORML

Supplemental Research

What is Cannabinol (CBN)? [More About the “Sleepy” Cannabinoid]” Dipak Hemraj – Head of Research and Education;
Sept 12 2020.

Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids and Sleep Andrew J Kesner 1 2David M Lovinger 1Front Mol Neurosci  2020 Jul 22;13:125. doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2020.00125. eCollection 2020.  

CBD: For Sleep and Insomnia 

American Sleep Association

 How to Use CBD Oil for Sleep  

Tommy Chong,  April 31, 2021. 

Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series Perm J. 2019; 23: 18-041. Published online 2019 Jan 7. Scott Shannon, MD, Nicole Lewis, ND,2 Heather Lee, PA-C,and Shannon Hughes, PhD

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