We’ve all experienced fatigue at some point or another in our lives. Whether it be from physical activities such as sports and exercise, dealing with work or school, and even managing our increasingly hectic every day lives, we have all felt that feeling of sometimes overwhelming exhaustion. For most of us, it is short lived and usually after some much needed rest most folks are able to keep going normally. However there are some that suffer from this feeling of exhaustion on a regular basis despite how much rest they may have gotten. Many of these folks that suffer from ongoing fatigue are often diagnosed with what is known as Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME/CFS.
ME/CFS is rather complex and mysterious disorder that is characterized by a significantly diminished ability to take part in activities that used to be routine before the onset of the condition’s symptoms that persists for longer than six months, physical and/or mental activity causes worsening symptoms that would normally not have been problematic along with significant sleep issues. Other common symptoms of this condition can include but are not limited to:
Problems with memory and thinking clearly
Tender/painful lymph nodes
Unexplained muscle and/or joint pain
Irritable bowel syndrome
Regular night sweats
Sensitivities to certain stimuli (foods, smells, noises, etc.)
CFS affects approximately 1 million Americans with women being diagnosed at a rate of two to four times higher than men and so far has no clean-cut cause that has been identified. Research thus far has focused on potential causes such as immune system issues, higher than normal stress levels, and nervous system inflammation but has yet to pinpoint the likely culprit(s). So, how can cannabis help those suffering from CFS? For starters, many of the typical symptoms presented by those affected by CFS like insomnia, aches and pains, lack of energy, etc. can all potentially be treated by using marijuana. Some strains can have an uplifting and energetic effect which can help boost your energy levels, others can help soothe muscle pains, reduce inflammation, while others go a long way to help folks be able to get the rest that they desperately need. Also, cannabis can potentially be added to your current CFS treatment regimen as a supplement that has minimal side effects (with your doctor’s approval, of course).
There are a few specific strains that lend themselves particularly well to helping those folks suffering from CFS and while none of these strains is a magical cure for chronic fatigue, they can still benefit folks willing to try them out. We’ve put together a list of some of the most helpful strains below to point folks in the right direction.
This strain is a sativa dominant hybrid with up to 25% THC content that offers a mild feeling euphoria and a strong feeling of relaxation. Some even consider it to be the “go to” strain for newbies due to its relatively minor side effects. It is also very well known among enthusiasts for its significant pain relieving qualities.
The powerful Green Crack strain is a strong sativa that is well known to significantly boost your energy while keeping you nice and alert. It typically has a THC content of around 15-20% that will help keep you going all day.
A potent sativa, Jack Herer is a powerful strain that is perfect for those seeking mental stimulation without losing out on focus. Despite its higher than usual THC content, it is still a good choice for new enthusiasts and will help to ease pain while providing you with all of the usual benefits of a sativa strain.
Mt. Hood Magic Durban:
Covered in white like the snow-capped mountain it’s named after, this strain is a sativa-dominant hybrid that provides and energetic and focused high that will definitely help get your day started off on the right foot.
Silver Lemon Haze:
Silver Lemon Haze is a cross of Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze which is famous for helping with increased concentration and focus. as well as a long-lasting energy boost.
Have you ever considered using cannabis as a form of treatment for chronic fatigue? Do you believe that it can be an effective form of treatment for CFS? Are there any strains that you would add to the list?