Cannabis and CBD for Alleviating Muscle Spasms

Cannabis and CBD for Alleviating Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms can render those muscles temporarily unusable and cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. They might be caused by working or exercising in hot environments, overuse of muscles in intense activity for a long time, stretching the muscles beyond a certain limit, muscle fatigue, dehydration, inadequate stretching before any physical activity, excessive weight, hormonal imbalance, and side effects of prescription drugs. Common ways of getting relief from spasms are rehydration, rest, gentle massage, stretching, etc. In some cases, the spasms might be caused by a medical condition, injury, or a neurological disorder which need pharmaceutical interference. But conventional prescription drugs come with a myriad of side effects.

This is where medical cannabis comes in as an efficacious medication for muscle spasms and the associated pain. The University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine conducted one such study based on THC/CBD combination treatment for muscle spasms and found out that the cannabinoid combination from medical cannabis decreased muscle spasticity and suppressed neurological inflammation. It is documented as a safe treatment mode for spasticity even in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). New York’s University of Rochester MS Center looked at the effects of medical cannabis in managing MS and its symptoms. As a result of that study over 77% of patients found it helpful for their symptomatic spasticity and pain management without any side effects. A majority of them also reported improved quality of life while also reducing other prescription medications used earlier.

Medical cannabis is helpful not only in alleviating pain and muscular inflammation but also in aiding muscle recovery. The muscle growth process in any exercise leads to pain and inflammation because the muscle tissues are torn down and regenerated. Medical cannabis helps in lessening inflammation’s effect on the muscle tissues thereby aiding recovery. Common patients and elite athletes alike have reported a significant reduction in the severity and frequency of their muscle spasms and pain with the consumption of medical cannabis based medication. And all this without any side effects shown by conventional drugs.

Research and studies have made it clear today that medical cannabis can provide remarkable relief from muscle spasms and aid muscle recovery. Moreover, its chemical secretions have quick action on the body’s endocannabinoid system and influence the body’s response to symptomatic pain and inflammation. Therefore it is wise to consult your healthcare professional before using cannabis or CBD-based products for spasm relief and take their advice about dosage and other related matters for optimum results.

Dr. Paul Miller, MD

Dr. Miller is committed to finding new and innovative ways to help his patients manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. He has a particular interest in the therapeutic potential of medical cannabis and is passionate about educating both his colleagues and patients on its safe and effective use. He is also committed to continuing his education and staying up-to-date on the latest advances in neurology and cannabis research.

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