MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR CHRONIC FATIGUE
“I have been recently diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease which is an ongoing medical condition that affects my energy level and causes fatigue and joint pain.” Venus Williams
The feeling of fatigue is a natural protective measure – a warning that energy is running low – from mental and physical exertion. Healthy people respond to fatigue simply by recharging and recovering; take some rest, water, food, and maybe some vitamins and minerals. The body is built to adapt and can become stronger with a proper recovery. However, Clinical Fatigue is different; rest and sustenance do not properly charge the batteries and the feeling of tiredness remains.
There are several varieties Medical Cannabis, both psychoactive and non-psychoactive that either – induce rest & relaxation – or boost energy immediately – at the cellular level by activating mitochondria, the cell’s powerhouse.
There is no question that fatigue is multi-causational. Any combination of infection, stress, anxiety, excessive exercise, overwork, insomnia, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, dietary issues, mitochondrial malfunction and drugs can all team up and cause chronic fatigue.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue
- muscle lethargy
- aches and pains
- sore lymph nodes and throat
- dizziness, balance problems or fainting
- allergies; foods, odors, chemicals, medications, or noise
- gastrointestinal problems
- excessive sweating – abnormal body temperature
- visual difficulty
- impaired memory / concentration
- mood swings and depression
- physical or mental exertions cause extreme exhaustion
- non-restful sleep
Medical Marijuana – New Strains offer Effective No-High Relief
Marijuana has been found to contain hundreds of compounds, many with known medical properties. The most abundant components are called Cannabinoids; THC (psychoactive), the most famous one and lesser known CBD (non psychoactive) Both THC and CBD been found to help the chronically fatigued – directly by giving energy immediately or by helping charge the batteries through rest and relaxation.
“Marijuana Turns on Cellular Engines – activating the cannabinoid receptors in rats with deliberately altered mitochondria resulted in the mitochondrial parameters returning to normal and an improvement in mitochondrial membrane potential.” MMJ Researcher
Through selective breeding, new strains are available with varying qualities, some get you high, some don’t, some are good for day use (energy), while “night weed” leaves you glued to the couch. New strains high in CBD but low in THC are now available to patients who don’t want to be stoned. In the future, strains high in other Cannabinoids other phytochemicals are on their way, with medicinal qualities yet to be discovered.
Malfunction or exhaustion of mitochondria lies at the core of many fatigue conditions. Insufficient energy wreaks havoc on the entire organism, psychologically and physiologically. Researchers have found that Cannabis based medicines can dramatically improve mitochondrial function, by assisting in the production of ATP, the main fuel that makes the body go-go-go.
DOCTORS TESTIMONIALS – FATIGUE & MMJ
“These data support long-term, safe use of THC for anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS.” Dr. Beal JE Olson
“Patients should have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis, it’s been used medicinally for centuries, shown to be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions.“ American Nurses Association
“Marijuana Cannabinoids have also been shown to stop brain inflammation and mental decline, which are implicated in the majority of elderly fatigue issues.” Dr. Daniele Piomelli
Our doctors are licensed in the State of California and comply with the Medical Board of California Guidelines for Medical Marijuana care.
It is important that patients use the right form and type of Marijuana Medicine. High THC (psychoactive) strains are effective and enjoyable for many but not all.
Selective breeding has produced high-CBD (non-psychoactive) varieties that users find effective.
MMJDOCTOR.COM provide patients with legal and confidential access to Medical Marijuana.
FURTHER READING – MMJ & FATIGUE