In New Zealand, between 16,000 and 20,000 people suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). It can affect people of any age, ethnic and socio-economic group. However, women are more likely than men to develop this condition. It is normal for some people to be tired all the time when they fail to get enough sleep due to illness. Such tiredness disappears once they get treated and manage to get sufficient sleep. However, other people have no known cause of the tiredness, they never improve even when their sleep improves, and the tiredness gets worse with mental and physical activity. If this continues for a long time, it is known as chronic fatigue. It has no FDA-approved medical treatment, and any treatment given is trial and error and involves too many adverse side effects. However, chronic fatigue can be resolved by taking CBD oil to improve the quality of life.
Overwhelming chronic mental and physical fatigue affects normal daily functions such as driving a car, working, talking, thinking, cleaning the house, and entertaining. Work suffers. Health suffers. Even relationships do suffer when family and friends fail to understand the never-ending fatigue. As a result, the chronically tired person may develop anxiety, anger, and guilt in response to people’s reactions. The best way to tackle the problem is to treat any underlying medical conditions first.
Fatigue or tiredness is a common symptom of illnesses such as adrenal fatigue, thyroid disease, lupus, diabetes, fibromyalgia, sleep apnoea, anemia, Lyme disease, and heart disease. It can also follow a viral infection. If you have any of these problems or you don’t have any known medical problem, but you are constantly tired, see your doctor.
Sleep is necessary for complete body and mind rest. CBD relaxes body and mind, reduces stress and anxiety, and helps to improve the quality of sleep. In one study, the administration of 160mg of CBD per day increased total sleep time and decreased the number of arousals during the night.
CBD and other cannabinoids interact with what is now known as the endocannabinoid system in the body. The main function of this system, which was discovered in the late 1980s, is to maintain a state of dynamic equilibrium in the body. Since chronic fatigue is a state of total body disequilibrium, CBD oil brings much needed equilibrium while treating several symptoms at the same time. So far CB1 and CB2 receptors have been found in the endocannabinoid system all over the body. These two are associated with energy and mood. CBD does not influence these receptors directly, but it modifies the way they bind to other chemicals including neurotransmitters. It also prevents the destruction of endocannabinoids, thereby promoting balance in the physiological functions.