Cannabis is one of the most effective ways to relieve the symptoms of muscle spasms.
In this comprehensive guide, we will be looking at how it works, why it is very effective, what dosage is appropriate, and what form is the best. Read on to find out.
What are Muscle Spasms?
Muscle spasms or muscle cramps are involuntary muscle contractions. Muscle spasms can become a problem, especially if the muscles cannot be relaxed naturally.
You’ve also probably come across the term Charley horse before when going through content about muscle spasms. Well, a Charley horse is essentially a muscle spasm.
Muscle cramps can happen anywhere in your body. However, they are most common in the leg muscles.
A muscle spasm is basically harmless but can be very painful, and it can affect anyone at any time. Heck, you can even get a muscle cramp while sleeping or even sitting still.
Some of the risk factors for muscle spasms include anemia, spinal injuries, diabetes, kidney disease, old age, and pregnant women.
What Causes Muscle Spasms?
The above conditions are just risk factors. However, whether you have them or not, the following are among the common issues that can cause your muscles to spasm.
- Working your muscles too much/ over-exercising
- Not stretching enough before strenuous physical activity
- Poor blood flow
- Muscle fatigue
- Certain prescription medications
Muscle spasms and the Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system is a complex cell-signaling system made up of the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2.
Everybody has one of these, regardless of whether you use cannabis or not.
This system is responsible for synthesizing endocannabinoids to help you regulate a range of internal functions and processes including:
- Appetite and metabolism
- Immune response
- Mood and emotion
Cannabinoids from the hemp plant, including CBD, interact with the body in the same way endocannabinoids do by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. They can interact with the body’s neurotransmitters to reduce inflation and aid in pain relief.
Muscle cramps are usually a result of a chemical signal from your central nervous system. Your endocannabinoid system can counter this by producing endocannabinoids to reduce muscle contractions and, consequently, pain.
Muscle spasms will continue to cause you pain and discomfort if your body’s endocannabinoid system cannot produce enough endocannabinoids.
This is where cannabis comes in. It interacts with your central nervous system’s receptors(CB1), to slow down the chemical messages that are causing your muscles to spasm. This will prove very effective in relaxing your muscles and relieving your pain.
How Cannabis Relieves Muscle Spasms
Cannabis Relaxes the Muscles
Most painkillers will work to numb your pain only for a short while. Cannabis, on the other hand, will get to the root of your issues. It can influence the chemical signals that cause your muscles to spasm, to ensure you’re completely relieved of the pain.
Cannabis Reduces Stress
When it comes to stress and anxiety, CBD is commonly used to help patients all over the world.
Cannabis will address the root cause of the muscle spasms by reducing your stress levels, and serve as a great option for long-term treatment if the cause is stress.
Cannabis Aids Muscle Recovery
The key to experiencing less discomfort if you’re an athlete or fitness fanatic is to speed up the muscle recovery process after you’ve engaged in strenuous activity.
Cannabis will not only provide you with instant relief, but it also has numerous benefits that will combine to aid long-term relief by speeding up the muscle recovery process if you normally experience muscle cramps after engaging in excessive physical activity.
What Dosage is Appropriate?
How much cannabis you should take to relieve your muscle spasms varies from person to person. Depending on the level of your muscle cramps, you should self-experiment a little to come up with the right balance.
You can choose to take it in whatever form that appeals to you the most. However, we recommend oil for those who want to know exactly how many milligrams they need to control their spasms.
In addition, cannabis is a natural product and has a few negative side effects compared to other muscle relaxants and painkillers.
For more information on cannabis and the topic of muscle spasms, visit Transformative Health today and our staff will be happy to help.