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Finally, while anecdotal evidence isn’t proof of anything, we already have an abundance of it from people with ME/CFS. When patients with difficult-to-treat conditions tell their doctors something works, you can bet it gets them interested.

With legal changes in-store and more research coming, things may change rapidly when it comes to CBD oil and other cannabis-based treatments. It’s likely that we’ll know a great deal more about the effectiveness and safety of these products a few years from now.

Side Effects

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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But are these claims true? And would it work as well for you? From a scientific standpoint, the answers are more like “we don’t know” and “possibly” and “some claims appear to be true” than a firm “yes,” and it depends on which claims you’re looking at.

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.

As you may know, I have a debilitating neurological condition called ME/CFS. I’ve lived with the illness for years and talk about it often online, and yet I still haven’t found an accurate way to verbalise what over-exertion and post-exertional malaise, characteristic symptoms of the condition, actually feel like. All I know is that when these symptoms are at their peak, I feel broken. I feel like an empty shell, like there’s this thick fog settling over every part of my body that’s impossible to wade through. The pain I feel isn’t necessarily acute, or sharp, or stinging. Instead, I just feel… inflamed. That’s the best way I can describe it. It’s like all of my muscles and organs are agitated, and from experience I know that there are no prescription or over-the-counter treatments that can fully and clinically target that feeling. Generally, all you can do is ride it out and wait for a better day.

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To use this product, 1-3 droplets are to be placed under the tongue for 60-90 seconds before swallowing. This approach offers the fastest method of absorption, and appealed to me far more than a tablet format would have done: the last thing I need is to be adding any more of those bad boys to my daily cocktail.

What were my hopes and expectations?

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.

In a nutshell, CBD is also known as cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in cannabis and hemp. However, unlike recreational cannabis known for psychoactive properties and making people ‘high’, CBD is made up with naturally occurring hemp oil with the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol – the compound that causes these psychoactive reactions) fully extracted. As Jo Moss explains in this post, CBD works by targeting receptors of what’s known as the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for various physiological processes in the body. As such, CBD has had documented positive effects in areas such as pain management, hormone production, appetite, sleep hygiene, mood… and of most appeal to me, inflammation in the body.

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I do have prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs that have helped me over the years, but these drugs alone come with side effects. In the grand scheme of things, the benefits have outweighed the costs… but the idea that a naturally occurring product like CBD could offer similar benefits without the harmful side effects immediately appealed.

If you’re new to CBD yourself, I’d highly recommend heading to Jo Moss’ blog, where she has a wealth of comprehensive information about this approach, and the personal benefits she (as a fellow ME/CFS patient) has experienced. You can also find more in-depth discussion of the science and manufacturing of CBD in these CBD Direct2U articles.

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.

Unfortunately, there is no current cure or solution for CFS/ME. The medications given by the doctors to treat this condition are able to control some symptoms, but they can often be associated with negative side effects, such as addiction.

Insomnia – If you have CFS/ME, you may also have problems sleeping. Fortunately, studies have shown that CBD engages with the brains CB2 receptors that are responsible for sleep regulation. With preliminary research suggestion that CBD can works as an effective treatment to insomnia symptoms, CBD products may be useful for some sufferers of CFS/ME.

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

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.

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What are the current treatments for CFS/ME?

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?

As you may already know, the main symptom of CFS/ME is feeling extremely tired. With that said, those with CFS/ME can have other symptoms, such as: