Cannabis & the Muscular System

Cannabis & the Muscular System


Hi i’m Robert Seik, Chief Science Officer of
Hytiva Our posture, balance, and all voluntary movement
can be attributed to specific parts of the musculoskeletal system. Muscles with the skeleton and connective tissues
to provide us a means of getting around and manipulating the environment around us. When we think of cannabis’s effects on the
muscular system, our first thought might be of its use for pain or in patients who have
muscle spasticity. Along with a great deal of anecdotal evidence,
a few studies have helped us understand the plant’s effects on our muscles. We can divide our muscles into three different
types. The first is striated muscle, or skeletal
muscle, which is responsible for all voluntary movement. Smooth muscle is integrated into blood vessels,
the bladder, intestines, stomach, and other involuntary components of the body. Cardiac muscle makes up the mass of the heart
and engages in its rhythmic contractions. When we investigate how cannabis works on
one type of muscle, we should be prepared to see changes in the others until we can
pinpoint the impact of specific cannabinoids as well as their synergistic qualities when
combined with other cannabinoids. What we experience when we consume cannabis
depends upon the strain or oil’s cannabinoid percentages. This is especially so when considering the
muscles and how the plant affects them. Anecdotal evidence suggests cannabis can reduce
pain in the body, which has subsequently led to studies investigating its potential as
an analgesic. What was found was that strains containing
higher CBD ratios help to reduce pain, especially pain associated with inflammation. While inflammation is a natural reaction the
body produces in response to damage or some other harmful stimuli, it can often negatively
influence a person’s quality of life. This is especially true when the pain involves
a chronically inflamed muscle, even cartilage, or ligament, the type of pain as those found
in degenerative joint diseases and arthritis. One of the biggest discoveries about cannabis
has been its ability to calm seizures. While seizures are a result of excess or erratic
neural activity, they cause a chain of events to occur throughout the body that involves
muscle contractions. We’ve seen plenty of videos with both adults
and children using CBD oil to help control their seizures, and studies have confirmed
that CBD oil results in not only easing the associated muscle spasms and contractions,
but by helping patients sleep better since the pain associated with uncontrolled muscle
activity is reduced. Plus, CBD has been generally known to promote
relaxation and drowsiness anyway. This could make cannabis useful for multiple
sclerosis patients too as it relaxes stiff muscles and keeps pain at bay. Many diseases found in other body systems
can negatively affect the muscular system, making it harder to confirm whether cannabis
helps the muscles directly or by altering the root cause that leads to the muscle disorder. There’s debate over whether cannabis inhibits
muscle growth for concerned bodybuilders or athletes, but its effects thus far fail to
significantly impact a person’s ability to grow muscle. Topical cannabis preparations may work for
joint or muscle pain effectively as new CBD infused products are discovered by those searching
for an alternative in managing their pain. If you’d like to share how you’re using
cannabis in regard to muscle or joint disorders, we want to hear your story. Visit Hytiva.com and reach us on our contact
page.

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