Leg cramps stink. That sudden, sharp feeling in the body can be really annoying. While it may be a minor medical problem, the problem is that this happens randomly, lasts for hours, can make relaxing nearly impossible for some people. CBD has been used as a possible remedy for this, but what does the science and research say about that. While the clinical evidence of this is not all there CBD is actually very powerful to help with inflammation, and it can help with the pain that comes with muscle spasms, along with leg cramps by lowering the sensations of pain that are there, and also reducing the tension of the muscles. This is also natural and doesn’t have totally adverse effects within the body as well.
What Causes these Fits
Leg cramps or muscle fits are basically uncontrollable and sudden contraction of the muscles usually in the leg and calf, but sometimes in the hamstrings and thighs. While this can happen for no reason, usually there are some causes for this.
- Overstraining the muscles
- Too hot
- Too much muscle stiffens
- Not enough stretching before exercise
This may occasionally be a symptom of more severe issues, such as liver conditions or a medication reaction. If it continues to occur for more than 10 minutes, even if you’ve tried to relax the muscle multiple times then you might want to see a doctor for this as well.
How CBD helps
CBD may be a good way to help with this. It does interact directly with your endocannabinoid system, which does control the pain that we experience. Both CB1 and CB2 receptors within the brain and the body work together to create this homeostasis.
When one has CBD oil, this works directly on the receptors, binding to them as well. This actually enhances how the ECS is able to do the job, extending the concentration of what’s called anandamide, which is known as the “bliss” molecule, helping to make the body feel better for longer and reduces the sensations of pain that come from this too.
So how do you use it? CBD doesn’t make someone feel intoxicated or paranoid like how THC may possibly make them feel, so it’s impossible really to overdo it. If you want to get pain relief, you might want something that gives more instant relief for leg cramps than anything else.
Vaping is probably the best and quickest way to offer this, since when inhaled, this goes directly into the body, reaching the pain sensors, helping to reduce the inflammation along with anxiety when the leg muscles are relaxed. Dosing this is a great way to offer a fast reaction to the cramps. You should do a few drops on the tongue, and then hold and swallow for up to five seconds.
Topicals are another one that actually can help too. Topicals offer direct relief by going directly into the bloodstream, so if you massage it, it’ll get in there directly after you apply it, and it can last up to six hours after that.
The big thing to understand is that under 20 mg, it’ll stimulate, and at higher dosages above 50 mg, it’ll have more sedative effects, so if you do take too much, it’ll cause you to feel sedated. Blunting this can also cause more anandamide to be available within the blood, and it’s similar to possibly being used in combination with THC levels, where with low and moderate doses, it’ll have a smaller high than if you have too much, so keep that in mind.