CBD and Muscle Spasticity
Muscle spasticity affects over 12 million people worldwide and is commonly seen in those that have multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy, which epilepsy is well known (1).
According to Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (DMCN), spasticity was defined as uncontrolled muscle contractions, involuntary spasms, and loss of muscle control that can even cause pain and reduction in quality of life (1).
The DMCN also went on to state other neurologic conditions that muscle spasticity is seen in, which include: stroke, brain and head trauma, spinal cord injury, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Lou Gehrig’s disease (1).
The DMCN stated that CBD was also effective for controlling muscle spasms in children, including febrile seizures (1). Because it helps with febrile seizures, it was also shown to help those with Dravet Syndrome, which is resistant to standard medical treatment (1). Dravet Syndrome is a form of epilepsy that begins in early childhood and causes other health problems on top of the seizure itself. This condition also affects quality of life of these individuals and around 20% of people with this condition have an early mortality rate, never reaching adulthood (2). Imagine the positive impact this would have if this type of information reached the general public, especially those that suffer with epilepsy, including treatment resistant Dravet Syndrome.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) has two known receptors in the human body, which include CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors, when activated by CBD, were shown to activate the anti-spasmolytic actions, indicating that the CB1 receptors and ECS have some control over muscle spasms (1). This is leading researchers to conduct more studies to see what different disease processes can benefit from compounds like CBD (1).
The DMCN concluded that CBD was shown to be effective for the adult and pediatric population when it comes to muscle spasticity and the fact that these plant compounds were shown to have a great safety profile, it makes It that much more interesting for our medical researchers (1). Humanity deserves that!
Cheers to this safe, effective herb that seems to have endless health benefits.
*This information is for educational purposes only and simply sharing of the information pertained to this study. No medical advice or claims are being made.
1. Nielsen, S., Murnion, B., Campbell, G., Young, H., & Hall, W. (2019, January 25). Cannabinoids for the treatment of spasticity. Wiley Online Library. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/dmcn.14165.w