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What is fatigue?
Fatigue refers to mental and physical tiredness. It leads to mood changes, irritability and in some cases depression. Fatigue can affect a person’s ability to perform daily activities, concentrate, and make decisions.
What causes fatigue?
It can be caused by a variety of factors including l
- Lack of sleep
- Physical exertion
- Medication side effects
- or medical conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome
Signs and symptoms of Fatigue
- Feeling tired, lethargic, or physically weak.
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things.
- Reduced motivation and productivity.
- Irritability or mood changes.
- Muscle weakness or pain.
- Headaches or dizziness.
- Poor appetite or increased hunger.
- Sleepiness or difficulty sleeping.
- Reduced sex drive.
- Increased sensitivity to light or noise.
How does cannabis medicine work for fatigue?
Cannabis medicine directly works by regulating the Endocannabinoid system in the body. ECS regulates a range of processes in the body, mainly mood, appetite, sleep, pain sensation, and immune function. ECS comprises three main parts, endocannabinoids( naturally occurring in the body), enzymes ( used to break down endocannabinoids) and receptors( attachment sites). When our endocannabinoids default in function or are unregulated, discomfort in the form of diseases, pain, fatigue and inflammation occurs. Cannabis medicine works by bringing this system back into regulation. CBD(a compound present in the cannabis plant) can interact with the endocannabinoid system by increasing the availability of endocannabinoids in the body.
It has been found that CBD, may also be useful in reducing fatigue caused by conditions such as autoimmune diseases or chronic inflammation. Terpenes and flavonoids(other compounds in the cannabis plant) work as analgesics and anti-inflammatories. CBD can also act as an antioxidant, which can help protect against cellular damage and reduce oxidative stress, a common cause of fatigue. Another compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), may be helpful in alleviating fatigue due to its ability to stimulate the body’s endocannabinoid system.
The potential benefits of cannabis medicine for fatigue
- Increased energy levels: THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, can produce a euphoric and energizing effect in some individuals, which may help combat feelings of fatigue and lethargy.
- Improved mood: Cannabis may help improve mood and reduce feelings of depression or anxiety, which can contribute to feelings of fatigue.
- Better sleep: Cannabis can help improve sleep quality, which can help reduce daytime fatigue.
- Pain relief: Cannabis may be effective in reducing pain associated with conditions that contribute to fatigue, such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, or multiple sclerosis.
- Reduced inflammation: Cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the body, a common cause of fatigue.