Sleep and Medical Marijuana
Medical Marijuana & Wellness Post-Webinar Resources
Thank you to everyone who attended the June 1, 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, Dr. Greg Holt of the Texas Society of Sleep Professionals, and Randy Jelks Jr, Community Educator of Trulieve.
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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Meet the Speakers
- Marc Matoza, Marijuana Med Today
- Randy Jelks Jr., Trulieve
- Dr. Greg Holt, American Board of Sleep Medicine
Overview: What is Sleep?
- PATIENT INFORMATION BROCHURE
- 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
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Meet the Speakers
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
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
Webinars Featuring Gregory Holt
Improving Sleep and Medical Marijuana / March 8, 2023
Sleep, Insomnia and Medical Marijuana / January 12, 2022
Sleep, Insomnia, and Medical Marijuana / June 1, 2022
Improving Sleep with Medical Marijuana / November 9, 2022
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.
Webinars Featuring Randy Jelks
Pain Management & Medical Marijuana / October 20, 2021
Sleep,Insomnia & Medical Marijuana / June 1, 2022
Read more about Randy Jelks
Randy Jelks Jr. is a native of Fort Myers FL who educates his community on the benefits and effects of medical cannabis. He has been with Trulieve for over four years and loves what he does in his role as a Community Educator within the company. Randy was drawn into the world of medical cannabis due to beingafter finding relief as a patient with this extraordinary plant, and was on a mission to share the joy or relief with others. He has been a part of many different events within his area, one being the “Wellness Day in the Park” as his 2021 initiative in Bonita Springs as well as being a part of Crohn’s charity food bank handing out food to the community of Naples and Lee County. Randy is Leafly-certified as well as a recipient of the community service award of the year for the city of Fort Myers. He is very passionate about his role within the company and understands education is key within this program and in the community.
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.”
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
Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida
Florida Medical Marijuana Patient Application
Click to Download from the Office of Medical Marijuana Use
“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 2, David M Lovinger 1Front Mol Neurosci 2020 Jul 22;13:125. doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2020.00125. eCollection 2020.
Effectiveness of Raw, Natural Medical Cannabis Flower for Treating Insomnia under Naturalistic Conditions Medicines (Basel). 2018 Sep; 5(3): 75. Published online 2018 Jul 11.
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
The Emerging Role of the Endocannabinoid System in the Sleep-Wake Cycle Modulation September 2011. 11(3):189-96
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker Review – how more sleep can safe our life
The Guardian, Mark O’Connell Sept 2017.