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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Much like how cannabis functions as a medicine is a mystery, so too are the causes of ME/CFS. Medical experts have proposed biological, genetic, infectious and psychological causes, but no definite mechanism has been implicated as of yet.

 

ME/CFS Symptoms include chronic fatigue, impaired memory and concentration, muscle pain (myalgia), headaches, sore throat, sensitivity to food & light, extreme malaise, IBS-like symptoms, night chills and sweats and tender lymph nodes. These symptoms usually last over an elongated period of time – 6 months or more. Onset is usually gradual, although critical life events and consistent physical stressors may exacerbate the likelihood of ME/CFS developing. Rest does not solve ME/CFS.

 

Although there isn’t a known cause of ME/CFS, sufferers seem to have an inflamed spinal cord and brain. There are no major empirical studies or clinical trials looking at the ability of cannabis to ameliorate ME/CFS symptoms, but subjective reports from patients so far report positive experiences.

 

Positives

 

  • Patients can enjoy a refreshing sleep, sometimes without night sweats and chills
  • Relief from joint and muscle pain
  • Improved emotional state
  • Stress and depression relief
  • CBD may be neuroprotective, lessening brain & spinal cord inflammation

Negatives

 

  • The mechanism of how ME/CFS is developed isn’t known as of yet, and neither is cannabis’s efficacy for the condition, making it difficult to say for sure that cannabis will help
  • Picking the right strain is important – sativas are said to be better than indicas for ME/CFS, but it is important to pick a strain that won’t leave you more fatigued

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