Medical Marijuana and Cramps
An entire list of factors can cause the development of cramps in one or more of the body’s muscles. Cramping of the muscles can result from dehydration, an excess amount of exercise, sitting too long in one position, trauma to the muscle or an effort by the body to signal a reaction to a medication. All of those factors affect the muscle’s ability to function properly. They can also be a result of a woman’s monthly cycle and cramps can often affect women from the age of 12 up until they experience menopause in their 50s. The cramps can be so intense that they lead to an inability to function and take part in normal daily activities. The use of medical marijuana may be beneficial for cramps as it relaxes the mind and body, reduces inflammation, and can help sufferers of cramps deal with the ensuing pain.
Normally, a muscle only works when it gets a signal from the brain. A voluntary muscle should get such a signal at the time that it is needed, and not at other times. Once it has done its job, the alerted muscle is supposed to relax. When muscles fail to relax, the patient must deal with the resulting cramps. In other words, any treatment should aid the relaxation of the cramped tissue fibers.
Types of Cramps
Menstrual cramps Menstrual cramps are caused by contraction of the uterus, which is a large muscle. It normally affects women the week before and first few days of their monthly menstrual cycle. These cramps can cause a woman’s uterus to contract too strongly against blood vessels and can cut off the supply of oxygen which results in pain.
Muscle cramps Muscle cramps are involuntary and forcibly contracted muscles and are often felt as intense pain in the foot or leg. They can last from a few seconds to hours and often recur within a short period of time. While periodic muscle cramps in the leg and foot are very common (it’s estimated that 95% of people will experience a muscle cramp some time in their life), frequent cramps are not normal and can impact your overall well-being and quality of life.
Symptoms of Cramps
Cramping results from a tensing of the muscles. There are times when a person needs some muscles to tense-up, such as when pulling on a rope. Yet those tense muscles are supposed to relax once the pulling process has come to an end. The appearance of cramps in any of the body’s muscles removes the ability of that cramped muscular tissue to relax.
Symptoms of cramps are almost exclusively limited to pain. The pain can range from dull to quite intense and can last from a few seconds to hours. The pain can be so overwhelming that it limits the sufferer’s range of motion and ability to perform daily activities. If the cramps are due to an underlying condition such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, it can add to the host of other symptoms the person is suffering from and reduce their quality of life.
How Medical Marijuana Helps Treat Cramps
Medical marijuana has a relaxing effect on those who use it in their treatment plan. This can mean a relaxation of the mind as well as the muscles. Those who have used medical marijuana to treat the pain associated with cramps often find it to be an effective solution. In addition to muscle-relaxing benefits, marijuana also triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are the body’s natural pain killers and ‘feel-good’ chemicals.
Why Medical Marijuana Treats Cramps Better Than Other Treatments
Traditional treatments for cramps usually involve muscle relaxant medications or over-the-counter or prescription pain killers. Injections of therapeutic doses of botulinum toxin, or Botox (R), have also been used to treat some muscle disorders that cause cramping in certain groups of muscles. All of these treatments can have side effects and even lead to dependency or addiction.
Medical marijuana has very few side effects if used in the proper manner and under the direction of a qualified medical marijuana doctor. With it’s anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxing, and painkilling benefits, medical marijuana is a natural choice for many different types of pain relief.
How to Get Medical Marijuana to Treat Your Cramps
If you suffer from cramps, you need to have a medical record of your diagnosis and ensuing treatments. This can come from your specialist, gynecologist, or general practitioner. You then need to make an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor who has been licensed in your state of residence. If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, finding a medical marijuana doctor in your state is the first step in being approved to buy and use medical marijuana in your treatment program.
You can schedule an appointment with your marijuana doctor either in person or online where permitted by law. The doctor will meet with you or schedule a call with you to go over your symptoms, your medical history, and your prior treatment plans. He or she will then determine if using medical marijuana in your cramps treatment plan would be beneficial. If approved, he or she will issue a written recommendation that you can then use to apply for your state-issued MMJ ID card.
Along with your recommendation, you will also need to have proof of residence in the form of a mortgage or rental statement or lease. You will then fill out the necessary forms and pay the ensuing fees to apply for your medical marijuana card. If you have worked with a doctor online, this process can be done in a matter of minutes and your MM card will be in the mail the same day. Once you receive your medical marijuana card, it is good for one year and you can use it to buy medical marijuana at any approved dispensary in the state. You may also use it to grow marijuana in your own home for personal medical use.
If you are interested in getting your medical marijuana ID card to treat your cramps, go to www.mmjdoctors.com for more information and to schedule your appointment, or call 888-578-6704.