Episode 48: Cannabinoids and Sleep

Medicinal cannabinoids are being increasingly prescribed for a range of conditions including sleep. Do cannabinoids help sleep? How are they prescribed? We discuss the use of medicinal cannabinoids with Dr Karen Hitchcock, physician and author, who has considerable experience in the use of cannabinoids.

Dr Moira Junge (Health Psychologist) and Dr David Cunnington (Sleep Physician) host the monthly podcast, Sleep Talk – Talking all things sleep.

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Audio Timeline / Chapters:

  • 00:00 – 02:18 Introduction
  • 02:18 – 24:47 Theme – Cannabinoids and Sleep
  • 24:47 – 27:15 Clinical Tip
  • 27:15 – 29:55 Pick of the Month
  • 29:55 – 30:40 What’s Coming Up?

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Guest interviews:

Dr Karen Hitchcock is a general physician with a particular interest in the use of medical cannabinoids. Karen is an experienced physician, having worked at The Alfred Hospital for a number of years managing patients with complex health problems. In addition to her work as a doctor, Karen is also an author. She has published in both medical and literary journals, including a publication in the “Best Australian Short Stories” and “Best Australian Essays” anthologies. Her first book Little White Slips (Picador, 2009) won the 2010 Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, was shortlisted in the 2010 NSW Premiers Literary Award and the Kibble/Dobie award for women writers.

Karen writes a regular column about medicine for The Monthly and is available for consultations at The Millswyn Clinic in Melbourne.

Regular hosts:

Dr Moira JungeDr Moira Junge is a health psychologist working in the sleep field, who has considerable experience working with people with sleeping difficulties in a multidisciplinary practice using a team-based approach. Moira is actively involved with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) and a board member of the Sleep Health Foundation. She has presented numerous workshops for psychologists and is involved with Monash University with teaching and supervision commitments. She is one of the founders and clinic directors at Yarraville Health Group which was established in 1998. In addition to her expertise in sleep disorders, her other areas of interest and expertise include smoking cessation, psychological adjustment to chronic illness, and grief and loss issues.


Dr David CunningtonDr David Cunnington is a sleep physician and director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, and co-founder and contributor to SleepHub. David trained in sleep medicine both in Australia and in the United States, at Harvard Medical School, and is certified as both an International Sleep Medicine Specialist and International Behavioural Sleep Medicine Specialist. David’s clinical practice covers all areas of sleep medicine and he is actively involved in training health professionals in sleep. David is a regular media commentator on sleep, both in traditional media and social media. David’s recent research has been in the area of non-drug, psychologically-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness in managing insomnia, restless legs syndrome and other sleep disorders.

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