Cannabinoids and dystonia | Kalapa Clinic – Dispatch Cannabis Store Winnipeg Canada

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The dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that causes repetitive involuntary contractions of the muscles and spasms result in abnormal fixed postures or torsions.

This disorder can affect only one muscle, one group of muscles or even the entire body. It is thought to affect about 1% of the world's population and has been found to be more prevalent in women. In general, the cause is unknown. However, what is known is that this disorder is often related to a problem with the basal ganglia (the area of ​​the brain in control of initiating muscle contractions).

It has also been found to be a sign of other diseases, as well as Parkinson's or Wilson's diseases.

Symptoms often associated with dystonia

  • Cramps in the foot / feet
  • Difficulties in speech
  • Uncontrollable blinking
  • Involuntary jerk in the neck
  • Limp

Muscle fatigue and stress acquired from spontaneous movements can be one of the causes that causes the worsening of the other symptoms. Powerful analgesics (such as opioids) and muscle relaxants provide some relief. The sensation of pain can vary from no pain to severe pain, it all depends on the personal tolerance and / or the origin of the problem. In addition, current treatments focus on blocking nerve communications with muscles. Unfortunately, all prescriptions have negative side effects and possibly addiction and dependence.

Research on medicinal cannabis and dystonia

After extensive research, it has been found that Cannabidiol (CBD) is a safe alternative, due to its powerful analgesic mechanism, extremely low risk of addiction and virtually no adverse effects. Therefore, CBD has anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, antioxidant and neuro-protective properties, among others.

Another disease that interrupts the signals between the brain and the rest of the body is Multiple Sclerosis (MS). CBD has been shown to improve some of the symptoms resulting from this neurological problem, as well as the decrease in muscle spasms.

The literature continues to include more case reports and surveys on the benefits of the CBD. According to a reported case, a patient with dystonia secondary to Wilson's disease obtained a marked improvement in response to Cannabis inhalation. Another published article found that the use of Cannabidiol showed a dose-response relationship to see results in this neurological condition.

Although studies in this area are difficult to carry out, there is a clear role for medicinal cannabis-based products at the time of controlling the symptoms of dystonia.

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Cannabinoids and dystonia


Cannabinoids and dystonia


A review of the research done on the use of cannabinoids as therapy for dystonia, a neurological disorder of movement.


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