A muscle spasm is, essentially, a cramp. You get one when your muscle contracts involuntarily and painfully. Everyone gets them at some point in their lives, but they’re especially common among athletes or people with certain medical conditions like cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or fibromyalgia.
Certain strains of weed can treat muscle spasms and help minimize their frequency. Why is that? Well, when a muscle spasm occurs, the pain we feel is a result of the two layers of our muscles locking together. The act of smoking weed forces our body to release endocannabinoids—compounds in our bodies that are similar to THC—which allows the layers of muscles to release so the pain from the spasm goes away.
What Causes Muscle Spasms?
First things first: there’s no one cause of muscle spasms. They aren’t contracted from another person or anything like that. They are caused by a variety of factors, including dehydration or electrolyte imbalances; tight muscles in the body; and overuse or overstretching. Many women have experienced particularly painful muscle spasms during pregnancy, for example.
To prevent muscle spasms, it’s important to focus on taking care of your body as a whole. This means drinking plenty of water, getting enough rest, relaxing your muscles regularly through massage or other practices, and not overdoing it with exercise. If you’re prone to chronic muscle spasms, it’s important to talk to your doctor about what could be causing them so that you can avoid triggering factors.
Which Strains Are Best Muscle Spasms?
Anyone who has an inflammatory condition or suffers from a chronic illness can tell you how much muscle spasms can suck. They’re painful, they make it hard to sleep, and they can keep you from completing even the simplest tasks.
But what if we told you there was a way to help soothe those spasms?
Here are some cannabis strains that have been reported by many to help manage muscle spasms:
E85 weed strain is known for its ability to help people who suffer from muscle spasms and chronic pain due to injuries or illnesses like multiple sclerosis (MS). With its THC content of approximately 24%, it has a high potency and can induce strong euphoric effects, so it’s important to remember that a little bit goes a long way, and you should start slow. Visually striking with its solid green buds and orange pistils. The smell is fruity, but with spicy undertones. Has an aroma that is diesel-like, but with some citrus undertones. The flavor will remind you of diesel and spice. The myrcene terpene found also helps with sleep. If you struggle, try this before bed.
STRAWBERRY NAPALM STRAIN:
At first glance, the Strawberry Napalm strain has fairly high THC levels with an average of 20%. It has been known to have as much as 29% THC and as little as 18% THC. The CBD level tends to be very low, with an average around 0.1%. When you smoke or vape the Strawberry Napalm weed strain, you will feel a sense of euphoria almost instantly. It tends to give you a strong cerebral high that is felt more in your head than anywhere else. Most people report feeling uplifted and relaxed while using this strain, but there are some who report feeling stimulated. Overall this stuff works wonders on muscle spasms. It’s not something that everyone needs, but if you suffer from them then definitely give it a try!
The guarana strain is a sativa-dominant hybrid that comes from crossing the sativa Haze Berry with the indica Blueberry. This strain has a quick onset and long duration, often producing effects that last for two to three hours. The high begins with a cerebral surge of euphoric energy that boosts creativity and leaves you feeling motivated to accomplish tasks or socialize with others. As this effect continues, it may begin to be accompanied by tingling in your limbs and an increase in sociability. This strain is often chosen to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and chronic stress. Some consumers report using the guarana weed strain to help curb muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis (MS) or other conditions.
OLIVE WAGYU STRAIN:
Olive Wagyu weed strain is an indica-dominant hybrid with a 70/30 indica-to-sativa ratio. This potent strain has a THC content of 20%. It has a dark olive appearance, as its name suggests, and has a sweet, citrusy taste. Myrcene is responsible for many of the cannabis strains that are know for their relaxing effects. Like other strains that have high levels of myrcene, this strain will likely not be very energetic or stimulating. Instead, the effects of this strain may be similar to taking a muscle relaxer with its sedative qualities. Pinene is known to provide both physical and mental benefits including pain relief, reduced inflammation, improved memory retention and focus, protection against cancerous cells in the body, and bronchodilatation (opening up airways). Caryophyllene is also known to directly interact with the human body’s endocannabinoid system by binding to CB2 receptors. In addition to having anti-inflammatory properties, Olive Wagyu strain can help relieve anxiety
TK LATO STRAIN:
TK Lato Strain is a hybrid that has a strong, almost sweet flavor and an earthy smell. It’s known to have a calming effect on the user, with a high that hits quickly and lasts for about two hours. It’s a very light green color—almost white—with little dark brown hairs poking out from under the crystal trichomes that cover it all over its surface area. Smoking this joint will be like being in the middle of the forest with a slight breeze blowing through your hair. We’ve heard from several customers that this strain really makes a difference in their physical comfort levels. We don’t want to make any promises—after all.
EMERALD CUT STRAIN:
If you’re looking for a strain that is high in THC and CBD, the emerald cut strain is perfect for you. As its name suggests, this weed has an emerald green color with a slight blue tint. This makes it excellent for baking as it looks just like seaweed! The buds are thick and dense with yellow-orange hairs throughout. It’s one of the strongest strains out there with up to 21% THC content which means it’s great for treating muscle spasms or anxiety disorders such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
This weed will leave you feeling relaxed and happy without any paranoia which makes it ideal if you’re looking to relieve pain or stress after a long day at work or school. You’ll love how emerald cut weed strain tastes because its flavor profile reminds us of sweet tropical fruit with just enough piney undertones to give it some depth without being overpowering.
ORANGE CANNOLI STRAIN:
Named for its strong, fruity smell often associated with the orange fruit, orange cannoli strain is known for its high THC content—23% on average—which makes it one of the more potent strains on the market (and definitely one to try if you’re a seasoned smoker). Its buds range from dark green to purple and feature a thick coating of sticky trichomes. The effects of orange cannoli strain are heavily weighted toward relaxation. Users report feeling happy and euphoric, but also sleepy and relaxed. It’s good for a night in or catching up with old friends over a movie marathon. The body high is mild, but it may cause some users to feel heavier than usual, so be sure not to overdo it if you plan to do anything active (like hitting the gym) after smoking. This strain is recommended for use at night because it can make you lazy, but it’s been known to help with muscle spasms, which makes it useful as a medical strain as well.
BLUE M&M SPRINKLES STRAIN:
Blue M&M Sprinkles Strain is a popular medical hybrid strain that has been known to treat muscle spasms and pain. It is also good for inflammation. Can have its effects felt in less than 20 minutes, and it is known to be a fast-acting strain. It is known for its long-lasting effects that can last up to 2 hours. It has an average THC level between 15% and 24%, so it’s best used by experienced consumers. Blue m&m sprinkles weed strain has a sweet, fruity flavor with hints of berry and tropical fruit aromas. This strain produces an energetic high with a calming body buzz that will help your muscles relax while keeping you feeling awake and alert. The effects of this strain are very strong, so they may cause some dizziness or paranoia in those who aren’t used to its effects. This strain is great for those looking to treat their muscle spasms or pain but don’t want something that will make them feel groggy or sleepy afterwards.
TROPICAL FUSION STRAIN:
This strain has a sweet berry flavor to it with hints of lemon and spice on the exhale which makes it taste as good as it feels. Tropical fusion weed strain is an indica dominant hybrid that can put you in a couch lock pretty quickly if you aren’t careful with your dosage.
Gushlato weed strain is known for its relaxing properties, so it’s the perfect strain to help with muscle spasms. This particular strain has a higher THC level than most other strains, and it has notes of citrus, spice, and pine. It has a high that’ll make you feel relaxed and focus-boosted at the same time. In addition to helping with muscle spasms, this strain can also help with migraines, inflammation, and even depression. Despite the fact that gushlato strain is pretty strong, it’s great for beginners because it’s known for being pretty mellow once you get used to it. Additionally, this is an indica-dominant hybrid that’ll make you feel relaxed in no time!
Finally, just like any other strain of marijuana, you should consult your doctor before trying this strain to make sure it’s right for you.
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