Cannabis and CBD for Muscle Spasms
Muscle Spasms, also known as muscle cramps, occur when a muscle contracts involuntarily and is unable to relax. These can affect any muscle and are very common which typically involve part or all of a muscle within a body or several muscles. Thighs, calves, foot arches, wrists, shoulders, abdomen and sometimes along the ribcage, are the most common sites for muscle spasms. In particular, these cramps are known as charley horses when found in the calves. While usually harmless, muscle cramps can make the affected muscle temporarily unusable. Extended periods of exercise or physical labor may lead to muscle cramps, particularly in hot weather. Some medications and certain medical conditions may also cause muscle cramps. You can usually take self-care steps at home to relieve muscle cramps.
Muscle spasms may take place when a muscle is overused, tired, injured or strained beforehand. The spasm may occur if the muscle is over-stretched or has been held in the same position for an extended period of time. The muscle cell, in turn, runs out of energy and fluid and becomes hyperexcitable, resulting in a rapid contraction. This spasm can include part of a muscle, the whole muscle or even muscles adjacent to it.
Causes of Muscle Spasms
Anybody can get muscle spasms at any moment. You may experience muscle spasm, whether you are old, young, sedentary or active. It can happen while walking, sitting, doing any exercise, or even sleeping. Many people are susceptible to muscle spasms and use any physical exertion to get them regularly. Those at higher risk for muscle spasms, however, are infants, the elderly (over age 65), people over-exerting during exercise, the sick, and endurance athletes.
Overuse as a cause of skeletal muscle spasm is often seen in athletes who perform strenuous exercise in a hot environment. It is also a matter of employment for construction workers or others working in a hot environment. The spasms usually occur in the large muscles that are stretched, being forced to do the job. When this occurs combined with heat exposure, the disorder is also known as heat cramps.
Excessive use may also occur with normal daily activities such as shoveling snow, mowing or raking grass that causes arm, shoulder, and back muscle spasms. Excessive use of the muscle or musculoskeletal strain or a position for a long time can cause muscle cramps. muscle strain. But the cause is not known in many cases. Although most muscle cramps are harmless, some may be associated with a basic medical condition, for example:
- Inadequate blood supply – the narrowing of blood-borne arteries (arteriosclerosis of the extremities) in your legs and feet will cause clampy pain when you exercise. Typically, these cramps go shortly after the exercise.
- Nerve compression – nerve stiffness in your spine (lumbar stenosis) can also lead to cramped pain in your legs. The more you walk the pain usually aggravates. If you go in a slightly flexible position, such as if you push a shopping cart ahead of you, your symptoms will improve or delay.
- Mineral depletion – Insufficient potassium, calcium or magnesium in your diet may lead to leg cramps. Such minerals may also be depleted by diuretics – medications often prescribed for high blood pressure.
Symptoms of Muscle Spasms
Muscle spasm symptoms and signs depend on the muscle involved and the circumstances leading up to the spasm. Most muscle cramps arise in the muscles of the legs, especially in the calf. In addition to the sudden, sharp pain, you may also feel or see a hard lump of muscle tissue under your skin.
The muscle spasms frequently range from mild twitches to severe pain in severity. The spastic muscle can feel more difficult to the touch than normal, and/or appear noticeably distorted. It may show noticeable twitching symptoms.
How cannabis can help relieve the symptoms of muscle spasms
Recent research has shown that cannabis and medications extracted from cannabis can help patients with persistent muscle spasms. The patient’s response to medical marijuana is why in many states across the U.S. it is approved to treat muscle spasms.
Marijuana operates by reducing inflammation, which is responsible for muscle spasms. A study by South Carolina University found that the response of the immune system, such as to a muscle injury, is decreased, and the inflammatory proteins of the system are deactivated by psychoactive cannabinoid THC. It also stimulates the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a network of cell receptors in your body that causes your feelings of pain that can result from muscle spasms inflammation.
When medical marijuana is used, cannabinoid receptors in your ECS bind with THC and CBD, another cannabinoid. By binding to cannabinoid receptors, THC starts an anti-inflammatory response which prevents inflammation and muscle spasms after an injury, for example.
THC begins an anti-inflammatory response by binding to cannabinoid receptors which, for example, prevents inflammation and muscle spasms after an injury. Research on muscle spasms has reported that medical marijuana relieves inflammation, which is marked by inflammation that affects the nerve fibers.
Medical Cannabis Treatment for Muscle Spasms
Cannabis varies for the diagnosis and treatment of muscle spasms. Based on your muscle spasm, as well as the type of medical cannabis strain you use for treatment, it can be smoked, consumed, or applied as a topical.
Cannabis is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent with chemicals that interact with the endocannabinoid system to influence how the body interprets pain. If you decide to use cannabis as a muscle spasm treatment, you should talk to your licensed medical cannabis doctor who will help you select strains, and work with you to find a strain that meets your needs and makes you comfortable.