Can Cannabis Help Patients With Wasting Syndrome’s Energy Levels?

Updated on January 31, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Can Cannabis Help Patients With Wasting Syndrome's Energy Levels?

Patients with cachexia, also known as wasting syndrome, often deal with chronic fatigue. Tiredness not only reduces your quality of life, but it also makes it harder to put effort into recovery. Plus, the accompanying “brain fog” can get in the way of everyday functioning. Fortunately, you can use cannabis medicine to feel clearheaded and awake again.

Why Do Cachexia Patients Experience Fatigue?

People with wasting syndrome develop chronic fatigue for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • A change in metabolism
  • Low nutrient intake
  • Poor nutrient absorption
  • A lack of sleep
  • An underlying health condition, or treatment for one

Wasting syndrome tends to develop as a symptom of conditions like cancer and HIV/AIDS. While these types of diseases can alter your appetite and metabolism, cachexia can happen as an indirect result of them. For example, digestive issues can discourage a patient from eating enough. In the cases of cancer and HIV/AIDS, treatments like chemotherapy and retroviral therapy can cause nausea and decrease appetite.

As a holistic and versatile treatment, medical marijuana can help you get your energy back due to four of its qualities.

  1. Provides Direct Energy

Imagine the “stoner” stereotype often shown in the media. They act sluggishly and have a challenging time processing information. The cannabis seems to slow them down. But, marijuana medicine doesn’t always make you feel sleepy. Some kinds of cannabis actually provide energy and clarity to the user, counteracting fatigue and “brain fog.”

If you use a sativa strain to medicate, you can experience a boost in energy and productivity. Patients who prefer or can’t legally access bud can also look for medicine made from a sativa strain. Addressing your fatigue with an invigorating strain is the most direct method of relief. But, sometimes you might want to tackle the underlying cause.

  1. Promotes a Good Night’s Rest

In some cases, insomnia could act as a major contributor to a cachexia patient’s lack of energy. Some severe conditions can cause symptoms that interfere with sleep, such as:

  • Pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Sometimes, insomnia is a direct symptom of a condition. No matter why you have a tough time getting to sleep, a medicine that lets you feel relaxed and sleepy can help. Typical sedatives can have an extensive list of drawbacks, but medical marijuana can help you sleep safely. For best results, use an indica strain right before bedtime.

  1. Helps You Get Proper Nutrition

Sometimes, the wasting syndrome symptoms themselves result in fatigue. When you have issues with taking in or retaining nutrients, you miss out on critical nutrients for energy. Certain vitamins help you maintain your energy levels. So, when you don’t have as many in your system, you get tired.

While many patients consider the increased appetite caused by cannabis medicine a side effect, some use it for that exact effect. Just about any kind of marijuana strain can increase hunger, so consider a product’s other benefits when buying. Many folks with wasting syndrome also use cannabis to regain lost weight.

  1. Treats the Underlying Condition

The conditions that cause you to develop cachexia can also lower your energy levels. In some cases, the treatment for the underlying condition can cause tiredness, too. Just how severe disorders can interfere with sleep, they can also directly result in fatigue. For example, depression, chronic pain and chronic nausea can wear a patient out.

Since medical marijuana can relieve a host of health issues, you can use it to reduce the symptoms associated with your main condition. In some instances, it can also relieve the side effects from treatments like radiation therapy.

Get Personalized Medical Marijuana Guidance

Compassionate professionals can help you get the perfect medication for your health problems. Visit a marijuana-certified doctor to become eligible for medicinal cannabis. Registered patients can go to a cannabis dispensary to consult with staff members. Search our comprehensive database to find a qualified, compassionate professional near you.

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