According to a data analysis conducted by a team of researchers at the University of New Mexico, cannabis flower can do a much better job of boosting your energy levels than other common substances such as energy drinks or coffee. Those substances are traditionally used to get a lift when energy levels are down.
The team looked at the real-time data availed by medical marijuana users who have the Releaf app, an application through which cannabis users can track the marijuana products that they use and the effects that those products trigger.
This study is important because many health conditions induce fatigue and a number of conventional medications also trigger feelings of constant fatigue in the patients using those medicines. The pressures of daily life can also cause people to be fatigued, which explains why many people down a cup of coffee as soon as they wake up in order to boost their mental and physical alertness. Energy-boosting beverages, pills and other products are available on the market to address the needs of people who want an energy boost.
However, the findings of the UNM study show that a better bet may be cannabis flower.
To arrive at this conclusion, the researchers crunched the numbers on the feedback left by 1,224 users of the Releaf app. The team analyzed a total of 3,922 self-administered cannabis flower use sessions. Dr. Jacob Vigil, co-author of the study, explains that the data indicated that people get an almost instantaneous boost of energy while smoking marijuana.
The team found that regardless of the cannabis product used, such as those high in THC or high in CBD, there was a beneficial impact on the degrees of fatigue experienced by the users of the app. The researchers say that their observation that all cannabis products reduced fatigue to a degree suggests that other phyto compounds, including terpenes and minor cannabinoids, could be responsible for alleviating fatigue. This creates a future possibility that treatments using cannabis products could become personalized with providers tweaking the formulation to suit the specific needs of a user.
This research also debunks another myth perpetuated by prohibitionists that cannabis makes people lazy. In contrast, the substance has been found to provide an energy boost that allows people to exercise and be productively engaged.
The UNM team is, however, quick to note that people may have to try different products from different manufacturers, such as Flora Growth Corp (NASDAQ: FLGC), before they find the one that provides optimum results in fighting fatigue. This is because our bodies are different and what may energize or stimulate one person may not have the same effect on another person.
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