Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Using Cannabis and CBD for RLS

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition that can have serious consequences for one’s quality of life.

It is a condition where people experience tingling and scratching sensations in their legs with an irresistible urge to push them, which sometimes is referred to as Willis Ekbom disease or Wittmaack Ekbom syndrome.

Symptoms

Restless leg syndrome affects a variety of ages, gender, and ethnic backgrounds. Unknown causes of restless leg syndrome are but it is thought that RLS may be a side effect of some medications or associated with serious medical problems.

The common symptoms include itching, pinching, burning, and twitching. This often makes you unbearable for your legs to move or kick. There are also symptoms, such as any combination of which cannot be eased by moving about are:

  • Unpleasant sensations of tingling, itching, or sensations like “ants crawling” on the legs
  • Restlessness, tossing and turning in bed paired with sleeping problems
  • Involuntary twitching and jolting of the legs during sleep or waking hours
  • A constant urge to move the legs to relieve uncomfortable sensations
  • Fatigue and sleepiness

What causes RLS is unclear, although certain drugs are believed to have a side effect.

How Cannabis Can Help Relieve The Symptoms Of RLS

While restless leg syndrome is now known for a long time, it is only recently that alternative methods such as cannabis are at the forefront of treatment. Previously, pharmaceutical products, massages, warm baths, cold and hot compresses, foot-wraps and special exercises were the only way of relieving RLS symptoms. Recent studies have shown that cannabis can also support RLS.

Medicinal cannabis was identified in a small study conducted at the Clinical Neurosciences Center of University’s Bordeaux Hospital to alleviate RLS symptoms. Six patients with RLS are given CBD-containing medicinal marijuana. Five out of the six confirmed their symptoms disappeared completely after marijuana was ingested. After cannabis treatment, all participants in the trial reported improvements in their sleep. A further study conducted in Bordeaux (France) at the Clinical Neurosciences Center concluded that 83% saw a significant drop in their SLR symptoms. The study used six individuals to examine natural remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome. While this study is statistically inconclusive because of the small number of students, 5 out of 6 participants have reported an improvement in their condition. It is not easy to treat RLS and no definite cure is currently known. Dopamine agonists and iron-increasing medications are given by a regular doctor via treatment for anti-seizure medicines and sleeping tablets. Most of these medications have one form or another of side effects and may not alleviate symptoms. CBD can be helpful in treating the worst effects and helps to improve life’s resilience. CBD oil may provide RLS relief by calming the body and allowing people to sleep for a good night. CBD oil stimulates dopamine and raises brain neurotransmitter levels.

Regardless of whether the oil is taken orally or a restless cream is used, it is shown that CBD is working well for many people. It is an effective way to improve everyday life as a completely safe and cost-effective option.

Treatment may not always be appropriate for Restless Leg Syndrome. If the disease does not affect your life daily, all that is needed to manage symptoms may be an alternative action. Exercise will help the condition significantly, as it could lead to a dietary change and likely weight loss.

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Data last updated 12/02/2019