The substance in marijuana that gets you high is called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Growers who want to maximize the plant’s psychoactive effect use breeds and techniques that result in higher levels of THC. On the other hand, cannabis that’s grown for hemp is generally richer in CBD than THC, and that’s where CBD comes from.
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What Is CBD Oil?
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Another possible deterrent for people considering this treatment is that CBD oil—which comes from hemp—gets wrapped up in the controversy over medical marijuana. That may make some people hesitant to try it. Additionally, it’s been hard to find a straight answer about whether it’s legal, but that concern should be going away soon.
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As such, my first step in this process, as recommended by the brand due to my condition and existing medication, was to consult a medical professional. Luckily, I have a really good relationship with my GP: she’s seen me struggle over the years and has always approached my condition with an openness to my own thoughts and experiences on how I should be managing it.
During our telephone consultation, my GP supported my intentions of trying CBD, but urged me to take care given the fact I was already taking prescribed medications. She explained how CBD can alter the metabolising process of each of the medications I was on, and how each pose various levels of risk. Fortunately, most of my medications posed an acceptable risk, with the only likely consequences being that they could stay in my system for longer and have more of a noticeable impact on me: a risk I accepted given I was only on small doses of each to start with. Quite frankly, anything that could help my sleep medications affect me more significantly would be a blessing. Only my seasonal allergy tablet posed a high risk, and so my GP and I made the decision to deter trialling the product until I could suitably cease taking this antihistamine for the year.
So. Let’s talk about CBD.
Like many people in the chronic illness community, I’ve been following the increasing popularity of CBD Oil in the UK with interest. Although there hasn’t yet been a great deal of research studies examining the clinical impact of CBD over the long-term, time and time again I’ve heard glowing recommendations of how this natural and non-invasive approach has transformed people’s quality of life for the better.
CBD Direct2U let me choose a product from their website, and on their recommendation, I opted for the Pure 10% CBD Oil in the flavour Mixed Berry. The product arrived in small and sleek packaging, bundled in protective materials to ensure it arrived in peak condition.
Thus began my further research into CBD, and the various products and brands available in the UK. Now you know I always like to be transparent with you lot, and I will say that I’ve had various CBD brands approach me over the last year in particular, looking to work together on promotions and sponsored posts. I reflected on each of these opportunities individually, and never quite felt as though each one was right. That is, however, until CBD Direct2U reached out.
Unfortunately, there is a serious lack of clinical research done on CBD oil as a treatment for CFS/ME. With that said, there are still some studies that show promising results in favour of CBD reducing symptoms of CFS/ME. The effect of CBD on other conditions has been well-researched, with many of those conditions sharing similar symptoms to ME/CFS. While we can’t say for certain that those results will also apply to CFS/ME, the results allow for some positive speculation.
Inflammation – Studies strongly suggest that CFS/ME is an inflammatory disease, particularly neuroinflammation. With cannabinoids being effective against inflammation, sufferers of CFS/ME should be able to get positive results from CBD supplementation.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Worldwide, there may be as many as 17 – 24 million people with ME/CFS. Unfortunately, doctors are no closer to finding a cure for this life-altering condition. With that said, some symptoms can be treated or managed through medications, like CBD oil. Continue reading to discover the potential benefits of CBD for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Using CBD for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found in the hemp or cannabis plants. To create CBD products, the compound is extracted from the plant and infused in oil. This creates a holistic product that has shown benefits for inflammation, depression, anxiety, seizures, general pain, spasms, and more. CBD oil is a solution to many conditions, but are there any benefits of CBD oil for CFS/ME?
CFS/MW holds no prejudices to the gender or ethnicity to those it affects. However, the condition is more common in women, and tends to develop between your mid-20s and mid-40s.