DOI: 10.1002/brb3.3410 ISSN: 2162-3279

UK Medical Cannabis Registry: Assessment of clinical outcomes in patients with insomnia

Kavyesh Vivek, Zekiye Karagozlu, Simon Erridge, Carl Holvey, Ross Coomber, James J. Rucker, Mark W. Weatherall, Mikael H Sodergren
  • Behavioral Neuroscience



The primary aim of this study was to assess changes in sleep‐specific health‐related quality of life (HRQoL) for those prescribed cannabis‐based medicinal products (CBMPs) for insomnia.


A case series of UK patients with insomnia was analyzed. Primary outcomes were changes in the Single‐Item Sleep‐Quality Scale (SQS), Generalized Anxiety Disorder‐7 (GAD‐7), and EQ‐5D‐5L at up to 6 months from baseline. Statistical significance was identified as a p value < .050.


61 patients were included in the analysis. There was an improvement in the SQS from baseline at 1, 3, and 6 months (p < .001). There were also improvements in the EQ‐5D‐5L Index value and GAD‐7 at 1, 3, and 6 months (p < .050). There were 28 (45.9%) adverse events recorded by 8 patients (13.1%). There were no life‐threatening/disabling adverse events.


Patients with insomnia experienced an improvement in sleep quality following the initiation of CBMPs in this medium‐term analysis. Fewer than 15% of participants reported one or more adverse events. However, due to the limitations of the study design, further investigation is required before definitive conclusions can be drawn on the efficacy of CBMPs in treating insomnia.

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