Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Much like how cannabis functions as a medicine is a mystery, so too are the causes of ME/CFS. Medical experts have proposed biological, genetic, infectious and psychological causes, but no definite mechanism has been implicated as of yet. There are some who theorize that the ME/CFS is developed after a contracting serious illness such as a long-term viral or bacterial infection, especially if a person has been unfortunate enough to suffer from several serious illnesses in a short period of time. Suffering a long-term fever, as well as symptoms such as dehydration and a lack of nutrition, can cause fatigue for several weeks even after the illness has passed. It is therefore no surprise that someone recovering from a serious and long-term illness may face a long recovery period and suffer from fatigue.

ME/CFS Symptoms include chronic fatigue, impaired memory and concentration, muscle pain (myalgia), headaches, sore throat, sensitivity to food & light, extreme malaise, IBS-like symptoms, night chills and sweats and tender lymph nodes. These symptoms usually last over an elongated period of time – 6 months or more. Onset is usually gradual, although critical life events and consistent physical stressors may exacerbate the likelihood of ME/CFS developing. Rest alone does not solve ME/CFS.

Although there isn’t a known cause of ME/CFS, sufferers seem to have an inflamed spinal cord and brain. There are no major empirical studies or clinical trials looking at the ability of cannabis to ameliorate ME/CFS symptoms, but subjective reports from patients so far report positive experiences.

There is some tentative evidence that ME/CFS is related to other conditions such as IBS, fibromyalgia and interstitial cystitis due to potential autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction. Immunological and endocrine abnormalities have been observed in some people with ME/CFS.

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