Almost everyone has been startled by a muscle cramp or “charlie horse” in the middle of the night which can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. These cramps or spasms can happen to almost anyone from overweight people, elderly people and athletes.
What Causes Muscle Cramps?
Muscle cramps remain a mystery to most doctors and studies have shown that they are several factors which can be attributed to experiencing muscle spasms.
Common causes of Muscle Spasms:
- Over exercising
- Prescription Medication
- Extreme Temperatures
- Medical Conditions
Multiple Sclerosis & Amyotrophic Sclerosis
Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Sclerosis (ALS) typically experience muscle spasms and involuntary movements which are uncontrollable and lead to stiffness, aches and pains in the joints and lower back.
Traditional prescription medication if often used to treat these diseases to reduce muscle cramps however sometimes fail to alleviate the pain associated from muscle spasms.
Leg cramps are the most commonly experienced muscle spasms which commonly occur in the calf and hamstring muscles. The pain can last from seconds to minutes and can be excruciatingly painful and the after effects can last up to 24 hours.
They are extremely common as studies have found that 40% of people who suffer from leg cramps will get them at least 3 times weekly and 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 suffer from regular leg cramps
Treating Muscle Spasms with Medical Marijuana
There are several common remedies for treating muscle spasms which include massaging the muscle, placing a heating pad or ice pack on the area, pain killers such ibuprofen or Advil, or simply hydrating the body.
In recent years, marijuana has become a natural, common and effective solution for treating muscle spasms instead of using prescription medication which can often times have side effects such as bloating, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms are not experienced when using marijuana to treat muscle spasms.
Cannabis has been effective for reducing inflammation which if often caused by muscle spasms. Studies have shown that cannabinoids such as THC and CBD act as an anti-inflammatory and provide relief for the pain resulted after an injury.
Several studies on marijuana treatment for multiple sclerosis has found that cannabis can red