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Medical Marijuana and Dystonia

In many cases dystonia is displayed as abnormal posturing. Opposing muscles will contract at the same time as if competing for total control over a certain part of the body. There are many forms of Dystonia, and each case varies in severity. Symptoms may include tremors, difficulty producing speech, trembling within the diaphragm whil breathing, lack of sleep, heightened anxiety and stress, and similar pain to restless leg syndrome. Due to the constant muscle and brain activity, disturbed sleeping patterns, mood swings, mental stresses, difficulty concentrating and blurred vision are all common symptoms. 

Because Dystonia is presented so rarely, and varies entirely on a case-by-case basis, standard treatment does not exist for the condition. Physical interventions such as physical therapy have not shown significant progress in its ability to heal patients, though it is not said to worsen the condition. Occupational therapists are often paired with patients suffering from symptoms of Dystonia to assist them in daily living activites. Because physiotherapy has proven effective for patients suffering from Dystonia-like symptoms with Parkinson's disease, the same method of treatment has been used on patients with Dystonia. Anti-Parkinson's medications have been utilized for patients suffering from Dystonia as well. 

Dystonias can be divided into three groups: Idiopathic, genetic and acquired.
Idiopathic Dystonia refers to dystonia that occured without a clear cause. 
Genetic Dystonia refers to dystonia genetically present at birth.
Acquired Dystonia also known as secondary dystonia has resulted from either environmental or other forms of brain damage. 

Types of dystonias are dependant on the regions of the body which they affect. Because so much of the disease entails muscle spasms and involuntary contractions, cannabidiol treatment, or medical marijuana can be incredibly beneficial for treating involuntary muscle spasms. There has been research to support CBD treatment as particularly beneficial for reducing dystonic movement disorders. 

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