Summary: A new study reports that consuming cannabis shoots can help relieve the symptoms of fatigue. Those who smoked cannabis cigarettes found greater relief from symptoms than those who smoked cannabis using a pipe or vaporizer.
Source: University of New Mexico
Researchers at the University of New Mexico have used a mobile software application to measure the effects of consuming different types of common and commercially available cannabis flower products on real-time fatigue levels.
As part of the study, the researchers found that more than 91 percent of the people in the study sample who used cannabis flowers to treat fatigue reported an improvement in symptoms.
People who used cigarettes or cannabis “joints” to burn the flower reported greater relief from symptoms than pipe or vaporizer users.
Fatigue is a staple of many types of illness, and several studies have shown that people with chronic pain, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis report increased energy levels after consuming medical cannabis.
Other research shows that patients are increasingly supplementing or completely switching from conventional prescription drugs to medicinal cannabis, demonstrating a revealed preference for using this ancient and natural form of medicine.
In his recent study, entitled “The Effects of Cannabis Flower Consumption for the Treatment of Fatigue,” published in the journal Medical cannabis and cannabinoidsUNM researchers showed that cannabis use causes an immediate improvement in the feeling of tiredness in most users.
This was the first large-scale study to show that, on average, people are likely to experience a 3.5-point improvement in the feeling of fatigue on a scale of 0 to 10 after burning flower products. of cannabis, conventionally known as “outbreaks”.
Despite conventional beliefs that frequent cannabis use can lead to decreased behavioral activity, goal-setting, and competitiveness, or what academics have called “motivational syndrome,” people tend to experience an immediate increase. in their energy levels immediately after consuming cannabis. “said co-author and associate professor Jacob Miguel Vigil in the UNM Department of Psychology.
The study was based on data from 3,922 cannabis self-management sessions registered by 1,224 people using a patented mobile software application, Releaf App, a highly rated app designed to help users register the different characteristics of cannabis that buy and monitor changes in real time. in its intensity of symptoms and side effects experienced.
Because cannabis plants are so variable in their chemical compositions, consumers are often challenged by the ever-changing availability of stem-specific batches of plants, and the Releaf app allows users to keep an electronic diary of the effects. user-specific sessions for self-monitoring and self-monitoring. – Targeted cannabis use.
“One of the most striking results of this study is that cannabis in general produced improvements in fatigue symptoms, rather than just a subset of products, such as those with higher levels of THC or CBD or products. characterized as sativa instead of indica. “said co-author and associate professor Sarah Stith in the UNM Department of Economics.
“At the same time,” describes Vigil, “our observation that the major cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) were not strongly correlated with changes in the feeling of fatigue suggests that other minor and phytochemical cannabinoids such as terpenes they may have more influence on the effects of cannabis use than previously thought.
“In the near future, I anticipate that patients will have the opportunity to access more individualized cannabis products, with different and known combinations of chemical profiles to address their specific health and lifestyle needs.”
“We’re excited to see real-world data and studies support the use of cannabinoids to help people manage their fatigue and energy levels,” said Tyler Dautrich, COO of MoreBetter, the creators of Releaf application.
“Obviously, this has implications for patients experiencing fatigue as a symptom of their medical condition, but we also believe that this can lead to healthier options for today’s market for energy drinks and supplements.”
About this research news about cannabis and fatigue
Author: Press Office
Source: University of New Mexico
Contact: Press Office – University of New Mexico
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Original research: Open Access.
“The Effects of Cannabis Flower Consumption for the Treatment of Fatigue” by Xiaoxue Li et al. Medical cannabis and cannabinoids
The effects of consuming cannabis flowers for the treatment of fatigue
Targets: We measure commercial availability for the first time Cannabis Floral products affect the feeling of tiredness.
Methods: A total of 1,224 people registered 3,922 Cannabis flower self-management sessions between June 6, 2016 and August 7, 2019, using the Releaf app. Use sessions included real-time subjective changes in before and after fatigue intensity levels Cannabis consumption, Cannabis flower characteristics (labeled phenotype, cannabinoid potency levels), method of combustion and any possible side effects experienced.
Results: On average, 91.94% of people experienced a decrease in fatigue after consumption with an average reduction in symptom intensity of 3.48 points on an analog visual scale from 0 to 10 (SD = 2.70 , d = 1.60, p <0.001). While labeled plant phenotypes ("C. indica“”C. sativa“or” hybrid “) did not differ in symptom relief, people who used joints to burn the flower reported greater relief from symptoms than users of pipes or vaporizers. , tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol levels were generally not associated with changes in symptom intensity levels. Cannabis use was associated with several negative side effects that correspond to an increase in the feeling of tiredness (e.g. feeling unmotivated, locked on the couch) among a minority of users (<24% of users), with slightly more users (up to 37%) experiencing a positive side effect that corresponds to an increase in energy (e.g., feeling active, energetic, fun, or productive). Conclusions: The results suggest that most patients experience a decrease in fatigue due to the consumption of Cannabis flower consumed in vivo, although the magnitude of the effect and the extent of the side effects experienced probably vary according to the metabolic states of the individuals and the synergistic chemotypic properties of the plant.