Cannabis Flower Effective Fatigue Treatment, Study Says

Marijuana has always been known for its mellowing effects. But Hemp Gazette reported that a study from the University of New Mexico found these products might also help with fatigue.

Cannabis flower as a fatigue treatment
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The study showed that cannabis flower use can help reduce fatigue symptoms. This is great news for people who suffer from fatigue as a side effect of any illness as this offers them an alternative option to help combat it.

After consuming different types of cannabis flower products, users reported feeling less fatigued. The study found that this was not just due to the levels of THC and CBD in the products, but something about the cannabis itself that improved fatigue symptoms.

“One of the most surprising outcomes of this study is that cannabis, in general, yielded improvements in symptoms of fatigue, rather than just a subset of products, such as those with higher THC or CBD levels or products characterized as sativa rather than indica,” explained the study’s co-author and Associate Professor Sarah Stith in the UNM Economics Department.

THC and CBD aren’t the only cannabinoid in cannabis and the researchers’ results suggest other minor cannabinoids and/or phytochemicals such as terpenes may play a role. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in many plants .

The study was based on data recorded by 1,224 people using the Releaf App, which is designed helps patients track and discover types of cannabis, dosing, and consumption methods that provide the most effective results for the individual.

The researchers’ findings suggest that other cannabinoids and/or phytochemicals such as terpenes may play a role in the effectiveness of cannabis.

Terpenes are aromatic compounds produced by many plants, and the study was based on data recorded by 1,224 people using the Releaf App. This app is designed to help patients track and discover types of cannabis, dosing, and consumption methods that provide the most effective results for the individual.

During this study, participants reported an average 3.5 point improvement on a scale of 0 to 10 in feelings of fatigue after using cannabis flower that was combusted. Those who consumed joints reported experiencing more relief than consuming using a pipe or vaporizer.

The study’s report, titled “The Effects of Consuming Cannabis Flower for Treatment of Fatigue” is now published in the journal Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids.

The investigation was also partially funded by private donations made to the University of New Mexico Medical Cannabis Research Fund (MCRF). This was established in 2016 to provide support for implementing scientifically valid and unbiased research on medical cannabis.

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Louis Levey is the Content Success Manager and Founder at No Strings Content. He's passionate about helping cannabis businesses use content to attract, educate, and convert audiences. His hometown is Boca Raton, Florida, but he currently lives and works remotely in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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