Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder that brings about serious fatigue. It is however worthy to note that this disorder is different from the regular type of tiredness that goes after resting as it can last for up to six months. Some of the common symptoms of chronic fatigue disorder (CFD) however, include headache, memory problems, the feeling of unwell more than 24 hours after a physical activity, muscle pain, pain in multiple joints, sleep disorders and sore throats etc.
There are some current treatments which are available for chronic fatigue syndrome. For instance, therapies such as psychological counselling as well as physical therapy may help reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue disorder. Also, there are some medications for chronic fatigue syndrome, even though a single medication will hardly be enough to alleviate all the symptoms as patients are likely to experience changes in symptoms which if not well handled, will result in depression in the long run. Besides, like most prescribed medications, most of the medication for chronic fatigue disorder have serious side effects such as nausea, drowsiness and fatigue, blurred vision, constipation, dry mouth, insomnia, weight gain or increased appetite and even sexual problems like loss of sexual desire, decreased organism and erectile dysfunction. Even though other alternative treatments like tai chi, massage, acupuncture and yoga may relieve chronic fatigue related pain, it is imperative to consult with your doctor before indulging in them.
However, there’s growing evidence that marijuana is an alternative treatment of chronic fatigue disorder as it helps in treating most of the symptoms. There have been many clinical trials as well as empirical studies geared towards investigating the ability of medical cannabis in improving the symptoms of chronic fatigue disorder. The results of these studies indicated that many patients who live in states where medical marijuana is approved affirmed experiencing relief of their symptoms. Many patients reported improvements in chronic fatigue symptoms like muscle and joint pain, emotional imbalance and depression as well as disturbed sleep (sleeping disorder). Meanwhile, some patients reported that marijuana actually improved their main symptom of fatigue. It is imperative to note that most of the patients who reported an improvement in their main symptom of fatigue used Sativa-dominant strains due to their energizing effects.
Cannabis does not only ease the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, but it also eases the side effects of the treatment. For instance, marijuana can help CFD patients sleep well. This assertion can however be backed by the results from numerous studies showing that cannabis improves sleep. Many studies have actually demonstrated that even with REM sleep, marijuana has the ability of improving deep sleep, thereby resulting in greater levels of overall refreshment.
More so, marijuana can help chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers to deal with the pains. It is actually a well-established fact that cannabis has great ability to improve chronic pain. Many studies have actually showed that medical marijuana can improve all types of pains including neuropathic caused by dysfunction or injury of the nerve as well as nociceptive caused by other factors than nerve injury, such as inflammation in nearby tissue or wound.
In addition, medical marijuana can help people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome to deal with depression. This assertion can be explained by the numerous studies which have all revealed that marijuana is effective in treating both cognitive and impaired depression, even though it will depend on a number of factors such as dose, regularity of use as well as environmental and genetic factors.
Above all, marijuana can help patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome to deal with drugs or medication side effects. It is not uncommon to see people experience fatigue as a result of one or more medication they are already taking for a different medical condition. For example, steroids, sedatives as well as antidepressants may also result in fatigue at varying levels. Other symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome that can be improved by medical marijuana nevertheless include exhaustion, headaches, joint pains, and muscle weakness. Besides, marijuana also boosts energy in people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.
However, when it comes to using marijuana to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, it is imperative to first of all determine the underlying problem leading to it. Being said, Sativa-dominant hybrids and Sativa strains are some of the best strains for treating fatigue because of their energizing and mentally stimulating effects. Even though smoking is one of the best methods of consuming medical marijuana in a bid to alleviate chronic fatigue, there is a whole range of other methods, including drinks, capsules, dabs, sprays, vaporizers, tinctures and edibles.
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How To Get Medical Marijuana
If you are a resident of a legal state interested in trying medical marijuana to treat Alzheimer’s Disease or other medical conditions, you will first need to consult with a certified doctor in order to get a medical marijuana card. To get started, simply fill out the MMJ patient registration form, press submit and a physician or clinic representative will contact you as available.