Medical Marijuana & Persistent Muscle Spasms
Muscle spasms can develop in any of the muscles of the body, and have causes that range from local electrolyte imbalances and dehydration, to the nerve damage of debilitating diseases. Cannabinoid receptors outside of the central nervous system provide feedback between nerve cells, and manipulating this process allows medical marijuana to massively reduce the amount of severity of spasms. One of the best-documented uses for prescription cannabis has been to treat the spasms and other uncontrolled movements of Multiple Sclerosis, and more recent investigations suggest that medical marijuana is equally effective for patients with spinal cord injuries. Other medications used to reduce muscle spasticity, like barbiturates and similar medicines, have major side effects that many patients find intolerable. Medical marijuana lacks any of these, and the ratio of THC to CBD can be adjusted to reduce the side effects that are present.