Summary: Consuming cannabis buds can help relieve symptoms of fatigue, a new study reports. Those who smoked cannabis cigarettes found greater symptom relief than those who consumed cannabis via a pipe or vaporizer.
Source: University of New Mexico
Researchers at the University of New Mexico used a mobile software application to measure the effects of consuming different types of common, commercially available cannabis flower products on fatigue levels in real time.
In the study, researchers showed that over 91% of people in the study sample who used cannabis flower to treat fatigue reported an improvement in symptoms.
People who used cigarettes or cannabis “joints” to burn the flower reported greater symptom relief than pipe or vaporizer users.
Fatigue is a hallmark of many types of disease, 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 complementing or switching entirely from conventional pharmaceutical prescription drugs to medical cannabis, demonstrating a revealed preference for using this ancient, natural form of medicine.
In their recent study, titled “The Effects of Consuming Cannabis Flower for Treatment of Fatigue,” published in the journal Medical cannabis and cannabinoidsUNM researchers have shown that cannabis use leads to an immediate improvement in feelings of fatigue in the majority of users.
This was the first large-scale study to show that, on average, people are likely to experience a 3.5 point improvement in feeling tired on a scale of 0-10 after burning herbal products. of cannabis flowers, conventionally called “buds”.
“Despite conventional beliefs that frequent cannabis use can lead to decreased behavioral activity, goal pursuit, and competitiveness, or what scholars have called the ‘amotivational syndrome,’ people tend to experience an immediate boost in their energy levels immediately after consuming cannabis,” said co-author and associate professor Jacob Miguel Vigil of UNM’s Department of Psychology.
The study was based on data from 3,922 cannabis self-administration sessions recorded by 1,224 people using a patented mobile software application, Releaf App, a highly rated app designed to help users record various characteristics of the cannabis they buy and to monitor the changes in real time. in the intensity of their symptoms and the side effects experienced.
Because cannabis plants are so variable in their chemical compositions, consumers are often faced with the ever-changing availability of strain-specific plant batches, and the Releaf app allows users to keep an electronic diary of specific effects. to the user’s session for self-monitoring and self-monitoring. – directed consumption of cannabis.
“One of the most surprising results of this study is that cannabis, in general, led to improvements in symptoms of fatigue, rather than just a subset of products, such as those with higher levels of THC. or CBD or products characterized as sativa rather than indica,” said co-author and associate professor Sarah Stith of UNM’s Department of Economics.
“At the same time,” Vigil describes, “our observation that the major cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) were largely uncorrelated with changes in feelings of fatigue suggests that other minor cannabinoids and Phytochemicals such as terpenes may be more influential in the effects of cannabis use than previously believed.
“In the near future, I anticipate that patients will have the ability to access more individualized cannabis products, with distinct and known combinations of chemical profiles to address their specific health needs and lifestyles.”
“We are thrilled to see real-world data and studies supporting the use of cannabinoids to help individuals manage their fatigue and energy levels,” says Tyler Dautrich, COO at MoreBetter, makers of Releaf App.
“This obviously has implications for patients experiencing fatigue as a symptom of their condition, but we also believe it may lead to healthier options in today’s energy drink and supplement market.”
About This Cannabis and Fatigue Research News
Original research: Free access.
“The effects of cannabis flower consumption for the treatment of fatigue” by Xiaoxue Li et al. Medical cannabis and cannabinoids
The effects of cannabis flower consumption for the treatment of fatigue
Goals: We are measuring commercial availability for the first time Cannabis floral products affect feelings of fatigue.
Methods : A total of 1,224 people registered 3,922 Cannabis flower self-administration sessions between June 6, 2016 and August 7, 2019, using the Releaf app. Sessions of use included real-time subjective changes in fatigue intensity levels before and after Cannabis consumption, Cannabis flower characteristics (labeled phenotype, cannabinoid potency levels), combustion method, and any potential side effects experienced.
Results: On average, 91.94% of people felt a decrease in fatigue following consumption with an average reduction in the intensity of symptoms of 3.48 points on a visual analog scale from 0 to 10 (SD = 2.70 , D = 1.60, p < 0.001). While plant phenotypes labeled (“C.indica,” “C. sativa” or “hybrid”) did not differ in symptom relief, people who used joints to burn the flower reported greater symptom relief than pipe or vaporizer users. At all cannabinoid levels, the Tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol levels were generally not associated with changes in symptom intensity levels. Cannabis use has been associated with several negative side effects that correspond to increased feelings of fatigue (eg, feeling unmotivated, couchlocked) in a minority of users (<24% of users), with slightly more users (up to 37%) experiencing a positive side effect that corresponds to increased energy (eg, feeling active, energetic, lively, or productive).
Conclusion : The results suggest that the majority of 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 side effects experienced likely vary depending on the metabolic states of individuals and the synergistic chemotypic properties of the plant.