• 7 Comments

Robert Bergman

May 9, 2019

Although nausea and vomiting are the primary health issues that cannabis treats, it has also been known to work as an anti-spasmodic in the treatment of muscle spasticity and convulsions. Cannabis has been used to treat epilepsy since at least medieval Arabia and sixteenth-century Southeast Asia. When it was first introduced to Western medicine in 1839 by Dr. William O’Shaughnessy, it was used to treat convulsions caused by tetanus (lockjaw) and hydrophobia (rabies) along with puerperal convulsions, chorea, and strychnine poisoning (with marginal success).

Since then, cannabis has been used successfully for a wide range of spasm-inducing disorders (e.g. multiple sclerosis, spinal injuries, and many other conditions). Prescription drugs can treat these diseases but not without some potentially debilitating or even life-threatening side effects. Other patients report that they can almost eliminate their use of conventional medications and achieve better control of their symptoms through smoking marijuana.

Although cannabinoids are well-known to have anticonvulsant properties, they have also been known to promote muscle spasms in some exceptional circumstances. In general, this is likely because of much higher doses, but some animal studies have shown that THC (not CBD) at normal doses can, in fact, foment nerve cell activity so as to promote convulsions. A select few patients have been reported to exhibit myoclonic jerking or seizures after taking Marinol. Still, others note that you’re more likely to get simple leg cramps in bed after smoking marijuana.

Dr. Paul Consroe of the University of Arizona suggests that CBD may have distinctive therapeutic value as an anticonvulsant in and of itself. CBD appears to lack the stimulant activity associated with THC and it might also diminish or entirely counteract THC’s muscle-exciting tendencies (Consroe). For this reason, marijuana with high CBD content could be preferable to Marinol in treating muscle spasticity.

Marijuana can also have adverse effects on muscular coordination—a phenomenon familiar to anyone who has gotten “too high.” This deterioration (known as ataxia) is most apparent in taks that are complicated or require prolonged focus. To test if you’ve gotten to this state, you can hold your hand or finger steady in the middle of a slightly larger hole without touching the edges, or you can try to balance on one leg for thirty seconds. Multiple sclerosis patients might find that the adverse effects of ataxia counterbalance (or even cancel out) the benefits of cannabis especially if their coordination is already impaired.

Thanks for reading. Please leave comments or questions below and don’t forget to download my free grow bible.

Robert

The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]

7 Comments

Please Post Your Comments & Reviews

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. By Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Medical Marijuana –

    ,15 Sep 2015
    […] Army doctors tend to prescribe PTSD-afflicted veterans with anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, anti-psychotics, tranquilizers, and a host of other medications because marijuana is seen as […]
  2. By The Difference Between Indica, Sativa And Hybrid

    ,17 Oct 2015
    […] indoor grow rooms. They are known for their healing effects in regards to anxiety, insomnia, pain, relaxation of muscles, headache, and migraine relief, and muscle spasms. The high that comes from smoking Indica […]
  3. By The Paradoxical Effects of Marijuana –

    ,22 Oct 2015
    […] that are often diametrically opposed. For instance, it can typically be used to ease nausea, spasticity, pain, and insomnia, but it can also magnify those problems for certain individuals. Marijuana is […]
  4. By Rick

    ,07 Nov 2015
    I have epilepsy I take levetiracetam but the side effects leave me so sleepy that its so hard to start a day and wondering if they will work the same way or work together levetiracetam is better known as kepra
  5. By The Difference Between Indica, Sativa And Hybrid

    ,26 Jan 2016
    […] indoor grow rooms. They are known for their healing effects in regards to anxiety, insomnia, pain, relaxation of muscles, headache, and migraine relief, and muscle spasms. The high that comes from smoking Indica weed […]
  6. By The Difference Between Indica, Sativa And Hybrid | Daily Dank Deals

    ,06 Mar 2017
    […] indoor grow rooms. They are known for their healing effects in regards to anxiety, insomnia, pain, relaxation of muscles, headache, and migraine relief, and muscle spasms. The high that comes from smoking Indica weed […]
  7. By Wilson

    ,03 Jul 2017
    I have been using CBD for about two weeks. So far, I noticed that l'm much calmer. I am not as nervous as I used to be. The convulsion of my fingers has greatly reduced. My handwriting is much better. […]Read More

World Icon

500 Helpful Articles

200 detailed grow guides

Group Icon

35,000+ Daily Visitors

500,000+ Grow Bible readers

Plant Icon

100 Hand-Picked Strains

8,000+ connected businesses