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When the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law, it made hemp an agricultural product. That means products made from hemp—including CBD—are legal at the federal level.
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CBD is believed to help with your body’s homeostasis, which is keeping things like temperature, respiration, and blood flow in proper balance. Homeostasis tends to be out of balance in ME/CFS.
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.
Addiction and abuse don’t appear to be problems with CBD, and it appears to have a low toxicity level, which means that it takes a lot to overdose.
De Filippis D, Esposito G, Cirillo C, et al. Cannabidiol reduces intestinal inflammation through the control of neuroimmune axis. PLoS One. 2011;6(12):e28159. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0028159.
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.
What are the current treatments for CFS/ME?
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.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Worldwide, there may be as many as 17 – 24 million people with ME/CFS. Unfortunately, doctors are no closer to finding a cure for this life-altering condition. With that said, some symptoms can be treated or managed through medications, like CBD oil. Continue reading to discover the potential benefits of CBD for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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:
There’s no doubt that the symptoms of CFS/ME are negatively affecting millions of people around the world. With such few solutions to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, sufferers of the condition are now using CBD to lessen the intensity of symptoms, allowing them to experience a better quality of life.
The 2018 Farm Bill changed all that. It allows for broad hemp cultivation and the transfer of hemp-derived products (including hemp-derived CBD oil containing less than 0.3% THC) across state lines for commercial or other purposes.
Hemp is Cannabis gone industrial. Believed one of the earliest cultivated plants, this spectacularly fast-growing plant has been used to make clothes, shoes, ropes, paper and other products for thousands of years.
The U.S. is already the largest consumer of industrial hemp in the world but until recently has produced very little hemp, leaving China the big dog in the hemp marketplace. The 2018 Farm Bill, though, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and reclassified it as a commercial product, is going to change that big time.
Getting Your CBD Oil
CBD oil is probably the easiest and safest form of Cannabis to use and is the form many beginners start with. The 2018 Farm Bill is making THC-free (or nearly free) CBD oil legal just about everywhere. CBD oil, however, is not without its risks. With some companies looking for a quick score, cheap and possibly even unsafe forms of CBD oil can be found.
A cash crop planted by most of the U.S.’s founding fathers (Thomas Jefferson,  James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, and Franklin Pierce), hemp fell awry of the authorities in the 1930’s when, after being wrongly lopped in with Cannabis, a special tax was placed on its production. Lifting the tax during World War II (“Hemp for Victory”) caused industrial hemp acreage to soar, but the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified hemp as an illegal Schedule I drug and hemp acreage in the U.S. dropped to almost nothing.
Hemp-derived CBD oil can present some issues, though. Hemp contains very low amounts of CBD, which means it takes a lot of hemp to get CBD from it. (High CBD hemp strains are being developed.) Because so much extraction is required, one should be doubly sure that non-toxic extraction methods are being used. Hemp’s soil-tolerating capability can be a double-edged sword as well.
U.S. farmers are reportedly eager to start growing this versatile, fast-growing, and tough plant. Besides being a source of a growing industry, hemp has quite a few things going for it. For instance, it requires much less water than corn, needs no pesticides and tolerates a wide variety of soils.