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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.

Check out the positives and negatives below and if you’d like to speak to Doctor Frank about your condition and getting a medical marijuana card, get in touch!

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