Spasms occur when muscles stiffen and contract, and often result after prolonged physical labor or dehydration, but they can also be associated with serious conditions like MS. Spams can interfere with motor function and lead to soft tissue shortening and disabling contractures. Research suggests marijuana reduces the frequency and intensity of spasms.
Studies have found cannabis offers improved muscle spasticity in both rodent and human trials. Both THC and CBD provide spasm-relief, and activation of cannabinoid receptors resulted in cannabinoid-induced reductions in tremors and spasticity, and curtailed spasms. MS patients suffering from spasms who were treated with cannabis containing both THC and CBD experienced reduced spasticity severity in compared to those who received a placebo in only 12 weeks. Some patients reported significant improvements in as little as four weeks, and after 16 weeks they reported improved overall quality of life. Another study found 2/3 of patients treated with cannabis containing both THC and CBD reported improved spasticity after 50 weeks of treatment. MS patients who were not receptive to traditional medications experienced less frequent and less intense spasms after 15 weeks of treatment, starting as early as four weeks.
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