Can cannabis help tackle fatigue? Sure, we all feel tired sometimes, but fatigue soon becomes a problem if its is chronic. Fatigue can have a number of different causes. Not getting enough sleep is a tempting catchall explanation, but pain and stress are common causes of tiredness, too. Fatigue is a problem that persists throughout the day. Your energy is low, and this is usually accompanied by a lack of motivation, grumpy moods, and sub-par performance. No matter what causes your fatigue, though, it may be a good idea to see whether cannabis can help.
Wait A Minute – Doesn’t Cannabis Make People Sleepy?
Using cannabis against fatigue; most people will find that a curious idea. You can almost hear them think: but doesn’t weed make you sluggish, interested in nothing but lying on the couch? Well, we really need to lose that cannabis stereotype if we want to tackle tiredness and chronic fatigue with cannabis.
There are so many strains out there, each carrying unique properties, that their effects vary widely; including effects on sleep and tiredness. Some weed strains will make your eyelids heavy in seconds, while others leave you bubbling with energy and creative, uplifting thoughts.
Then there’s the combined effects of hundreds of cannabis compounds. Cannabinoids like CBD, THC, and CBG certainly play their part, but agents such as terpenes contribute as well. On top of that, all of these substances mutually affect each other through the entourage effect. That makes finding the best cannabis strain against fatigue quite a challenge, but don’t worry: we’ll help you along.
Taking a good look at yourself is another important step towards finding that strain. That is because the reasons for your fatigue may be very different from those of the next person. What exactly is causing you to feel so tired? You’ll find some of the most common factors below. Often, several of these factors add up to cause fatigue together.
Why Are You Struggling With Fatigue?
Tiredness and (chronic) fatigue can have different causes. Addressing your personal problem effectively requires you to identify its specific source. Below are five often most common ones:
1 – Lack Of Sleep
The most obvious reason for fatigue is a lack of sleep. Not getting much shuteye for one night is no big deal. Once you start to dip below getting 7 or 8 hours of daily sleep on a regular basis, feeling tired all the time should not come as a surprise.
2 – Poor Diet Habits/ Lack Of Appetite
Proper nutrition is a key contributor to your wellbeing. Your body and mind need fuel to do their jobs and stay fit. A varied diet with plenty of fibre, vitamins, and minerals will go a long way to feeling less knackered. If you’re not enjoying a healthy, balanced diet, that could explain your fatigue right there.
3 – Stress
We all know that dealing with stress takes a lot of energy. Your body starts releasing stress hormones that threaten to overload your systems if stress persists. Long term stress and anxiety are important causes for chronic fatigue.
4 – Chronic Pain
You may not realise this, but apart from being thoroughly unpleasant, pain can drain your energy fast. If you are suffering from chronic pain, that power drain continues all day, every day. This explains how pain can contribute to your tiredness and fatigue even if you never realized it could.
5 – Depression, Sadness, Grief
Your mood is another highly influential factor determining your energy levels. Chronic fatigue can be a consequence of depression, sadness, and grief. Such emotional states can make you feel listless and unmotivated, which is why depressed people often feel exhausted.
Using Cannabis Against Fatigue
The cannabis plant contains a whole host of useful compounds that can help counter fatigue problems. When picking a cannabis strain, always keep in mind what causes your own fatigue. That gives you the best perspective on the available cannabis seeds and the characteristics they represent.
Energetic High Or Sleepy Vibes?
Cannabis can help against fatigue because of the cannabinoids (THC, CBD and others) and terpenes it contains. These compounds cause the high and the many wonderful scents and flavours that cannabis can pack. They also influence each other’s effects. Interestingly, though, certain strains contain the right compounds to make you sleepy and relaxed, while others make you more productive and alert.
If you pick a strain that promotes relaxation and drowsiness before going to bed, it can help you sleep through the night and wake up with fresh energy. On the other hand, picking a more uplifting strain could help you feel more active and awake during the daytime. There are many options to try, and you’ll need to pay attention to what works best for you. Keeping a log or diary handy may prove helpful in that regard.
Cannabis To Help You Sleep Better
Not getting enough sleep is probably the most evident cause of fatigue, although many people sleep perfectly well every night and steel have chronic fatigue. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, or you keep waking up all through the night, the right type of cannabis can really help out. Indica-heavy strains can help relax your body, bringing a sense of calm that could help you doze off, or wake up less often before morning arrives. A terpene like myrcene can promote sleepiness, as can the less prevalent cannabinoid CBG. Cannabis edibles could be a good idea, too. Their effects tend to last longer than those of smoking cannabis. Having an edible product before going to bed could help you sleep through the night.
If you’re having trouble eating enough, cannabis could help improve your appetite. Poor diet habits can cause fatigue, so if cannabis can boost your motivation to eat well, then so much the better. Perhaps you’ve heard of the munchies: the cannabis-induced urge to gobble down every last scrap of food in the house. Using cannabis to fire up your appetite can be a good idea. Make sure to pack your fridge with fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods before you light up, though. You won’t get rid of fatigue by munching your way through bags of crisps and sweets all day long.
Cannabis Against Depression Related Fatigue
Cannabis can work well to counter fatigue symptoms caused by depression. Sativa strains in particular are known for their uplifting highs, able to boost your mood as you feel your tiredness fade. THC and CBD account for much of the effect, but terpenes can definitely add something extra to the mix. Limonene, for instance, can improve your mood, and limonene-rich strains can work for anxiety and depression issues as well.
As you can see, certain cannabis can make you feel more energetic and more positive at the same time. That could tip the balance away from feeling tired all the time. Cannabis is never a cure for depression, mind you; but it can help alleviate some of the symptoms. Always consult your doctor on cannabis and depression, especially if you are already on medication.
Cannabis Against Stress Related Fatigue
If stress is a part of your daily life, you’ll have difficulty falling asleep. In addition, all that stress drains your energy, making you feel tired even before you get out of bed. If you express your stress physically (high muscle tone, sweaty palms, increased heart rate), indica-dominant strains are your first option to try. Indica highs mainly aim for the body, where they cause a relaxed sensation. Does your stress express itself in mulling over the same thoughts all day, or in grumpy, irritable moods? In that case, a sativa strain may be best to try out. These types of weed help calm your mind and handle stressful situations. Cannabis can help manage fear and anxiety too, through the combined effects of terpenes and cannabinoids.
Chronic Pain, Fatigue, And Cannabis
The analgesic properties of cannabis can help tackle fatigue caused by (chronic) pain. There are various strains with powerful pain-reducing and soothing effects. Both THC and CBD can help relieve pain. A comprehensive review of studies into cannabinoids and pain conducted in 2015 showed positive results. Cannabis can help relieve various kinds of pain. By helping reduce pain, cannabis can alleviate fatigue in two ways: by removing the pain that keeps you awake at night, and by preventing the pain from depleting your energy throughout the day.
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