Severe or Persistent Muscle Spasms

There are roughly 650 named skeletal muscles in the human body. As you can imagine, not all of them work properly at all times. One example of this is muscle spasms; these can affect many different muscles at any given time. They are defined as an involuntary contraction of the muscle, not to be confused with a muscle twitch. A twitch is an uncontrolled fine movement of a small segment of a larger muscle that is visible under the skin.

Special forms of muscle spasms may occur because of an abnormality with the chemical that helps transmit signals within the brain. Torticollis and blepharospasm are two examples, and treatment consists of medication or Botox injections to paralyze the muscle. Certain diseases and disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) may cause patients to experience muscle spasms that range in pain.

Causes of Muscle Spasms

There’s not a single cause of muscle spasms; they occur based on predisposing factors, wherein the body it’s occurring, and the environment that the body is in. Most of the time, muscle spasms occur because of overuse, muscle fatigue, dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities. Although they’re normally short-lived, muscle spasms are abrupt and painful. In some extreme cases, they can last as long as multiple hours.

If your muscles have been overstretched or held in the same position for a long period of time, you may experience an unexpected spasm. It occurs because the muscle cell runs out of both energy and fluid and becomes hyper-excitable, creating a strong reaction. How much of the muscle is affected varies; it could be a portion of your muscle, the entire muscle or even adjacent muscles. If the spasm occurs intensely enough, it may even cause tears in tendons or ligaments, especially if they’re already weak or partially torn.

Muscle Spasms and Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis has become an increasingly popular way to treat muscle spasms, as it reduces inflammation, a common factor in muscle spasms. The THC in medical cannabis influences your endocannabinoid system that impacts how you feel pain. As THC binds to the cannabinoid receptors, it triggers an anti-inflammatory response. Medical marijuana can be smoked, vaporized, eaten or applied as a topical treatment when aiding muscle spasms.

Herbology Dispensary can guide you on your journey to feeling better! Our Patient Counselors can recommend the right medical marijuana for muscle spasms.