Updated on August 29, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Everyone has experienced a muscle spasm or a cramp. They can be as simple as a twinge in your back or as painful as a late-night Charley horse. However, when muscle spasms become an everyday occurrence that’s hard to control or manage, you should speak to your doctor.
Most spasms are brief, only lasting a few seconds or minutes. But sometimes, muscles are rigid for extended periods of time. This can become painful, and quality of life can be severely deteriorated.
Prescription medications are commonly used to treat intractable spasm conditions. If the spasms are accompanied by pain, sometimes harsh opiates could also be prescribed. These, however, can severely impact the user, and they come with a whole slew of adverse side effects, like the possibility of addiction.
Medical marijuana is now legal for treating muscle spasms in numerous states throughout the U.S. Not only is it a safer and more natural option than many prescription medications, but it’s often more effective for the relief of chronic spasms.
There are innumerable causes for muscle spasms, such as:
Most spasms don’t require medical treatment. However, if spasms are caused by injuries or an underlying medical condition, you’ll need treatment. Common conditions that include spasmodic side effects are Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Another condition, known as true hypertonic spasms, occurs when damaged nerves prevent muscles from relaxing. This also requires treatment.
There are numerous anecdotal accounts and research studies that confirm the effectiveness of medical marijuana for muscle spasms. Cannabis has been proven to:
If you think you qualify for cannabis treatments because of your severe muscle spasms, make an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor. Most states require a medical marijuana card, which can only be obtained through your state’s health department. You will need to receive a recommendation from a registered physician proving that you have a qualifying condition. Then, you’ll be able to visit a dispensary near you and speak with a budtender to find the perfect strain for you.