That is not all that cannabis does for us. Cannabis also has the ability to decrease fatigue, pain and anxiety when consumed. This can be done with or without THC, meaning it would still allow you to enjoy a relaxing session of meditation instead of feeling like your head might explode from exhaustion.,
In April, the journal Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids published a research titled “The Effects of Consuming Cannabis Flower for Treatment of Fatigue.” The interview was performed by the authors via the Economics and Psychology Departments at the University of New Mexico (UNM), as well as MoreBetter, the provider of the Releaf app that was used to monitor consumption in this research.
The research looked at 1,224 participants who used the Releaf app to perform 3,922 cannabis flower consumption sessions between June 6 and August 7, 2019. Participants kept track of their exhaustion levels before and after using cannabis, as well as notes on the strain and qualities they ingested.
According to the findings, an average of 91.94 percent of individuals felt their overall weariness improved after using cannabis. Researchers discovered that strains classified as indica, sativa, or hybrid had neither positive or negative impact on tiredness. Participants who smoked joints, on the other hand, reported less weariness than those who used a pipe or vaporizer.
According to the authors, only around 24% of customers had unfavorable side effects (such as “lack of motivation or couchlock”), whereas about 37% experienced good side effects (such as “feeling active, lively, frisky, or creative”). “The data imply that in vivo ingestion of Cannabis flower reduces tiredness in the majority of patients, albeit the amount of the impact and the level of side effects encountered are likely to differ with individuals’ metabolic states and the plant’s synergistic chemotypic features.”
Dr. Jacob Miguel Vigil, the study’s lead author, told Benzinga that the findings were the polar opposite of the prevailing stigma around cannabis. “Conventional notions that regular cannabis usage leads to reduced behavioral activity, goal-pursuing, and competition, or what academics term ‘amotivational syndrome,’ individuals instead feel an instant rise in their energy levels,” Vigil added.
The fact that cannabis reduced weariness in so many people shocked both Vigil and Dr. Sarah Stith of UNM’s Department of Economics. “One of the most interesting findings of this research is that cannabis in general, rather than simply a subset of products, such as those with greater THC or CBD levels or products classified as Sativa rather than Indica, improved tiredness symptoms,” Stith said.
“At the same time, the fact 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 like terpenes may be more influential on the effects of cannabis than previously thought,” Vigil said. “I believe that patients will be able to access more personalized cannabis products in the near future, with unique and well-known chemical profiles for addressing their particular health requirements and lifestyles.”
More Better’s Releaf App, which was employed in this research, was created with the goal of assisting medicinal patients and recreational cannabis users in tracking their consumption statistics and, in turn, demystifying cannabis. More Tyler Dautrich, Better’s COO, spoke to Benzinga about the study’s findings. “Obviously, this has consequences for patients who are suffering exhaustion as a symptom of their medical condition,” Dautrich said, “but we also feel that this may lead to better solutions for persons coping with regular day-to-day weariness.”
The link between cannabis use and reduced weariness is a relatively new research issue, although cannabis usage with exercise has lately become a hot topic. The Olympic runner Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension for failing a drug test last summer sparked a flurry of debates and research on how cannabis is not a performance-enhancing substance.
The University of Colorado, Boulder stated in December that it will be undertaking a “first-of-its-kind” cannabis and exercise research with 50 paid participants. Participants will take either a CBD- or THC-dominant strain and then run on a treadmill for 40 minutes after the effects have worn off.