Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a devastating but elusive disease, characterized by severe fatigue, memory problems and headaches. Approximately 2.5 million people in America suffer from it, and no exact cause has ever been pinpointed. Recent research discovered that people with CFS have a significantly slower metabolism and that their bodies enter a state of almost hibernation. While these people are not actually hibernating, their metabolisms undergo similar processes that are seen in other animals that go through this seasonal event, leaving them in hazy state where they’re awake but not present.
The biggest problems patients face is the fact that CFS is misunderstood and that there are few treatments and options available. Sue Curry, a victim of CFS, claimed that her quality of life improved dramatically when she discovered cannabis. The plant is known for controlling muscle spasms and treating chronic pain and insomnia, which are all symptoms that CFS victims face.
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Other studies have concluded that even though there’s still a lot to learn about marijuana and its properties, there’s been some conclusive evidence that cement the plant as as a viable option for people who suffer from chronic pain and multiple sclerosis. A Canadian team conducted a clinical trial that showed that patients who took 3 puffs a day of marijuana coped better with their pain than the patients who belonged to the placebo group. All of the patients were still taking their prescribed medication, suggesting that the plant works best as an addition to an ongoing treatment.