I have been on Ambien for 8 years now. It helps me sleep and I wake up feeling rested and ready for my day. Now, I do have the occasional times after I take it that I don’t remember what I did the next day, but that usually involves eating and having conversations I don’t recall. I have expressed concerns to my doctor that I want to make sure it’s safe to remain on the Ambien and she told me it is. After reading some of the stuff here I’m concerned that I shouldn’t take it. I have had no problems and sleep like a baby!
The areas of the brain where cannabinoid receptors are most prevalently located are consistent with the behavioral effects produced by cannabinoids. Brain regions in which cannabinoid receptors are very abundant are the basal ganglia , associated with movement control; the cerebellum , associated with body movement coordination; the hippocampus , associated with learning , memory, and stress control; the cerebral cortex , associated with higher cognitive functions; and the nucleus accumbens , regarded as the reward center of the brain. Other regions where cannabinoid receptors are moderately concentrated are the hypothalamus , which regulates homeostatic functions; the amygdala , associated with emotional responses and fears ; the spinal cord , associated with peripheral sensations like pain; the brain stem , associated with sleep , arousal , and motor control; and the nucleus of the solitary tract , associated with visceral sensations like nausea and vomiting .