I suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome. I used to call it "the crazy legs" when I was younger. It would even wake me up and leave me agitated. So much so that I would go out and run for a mile or more until that sensation left. To put that into perspective; I hate running only slightly less than doing tax preparations.
Recently I started experimenting with THC and CBD to see if these would knock it down and let me sleep properly. Here are some of the effects I experienced. I have also included much of the research that I pulled up to support my decision to attempt to medicate myself with cannabis products in order to treat this.
What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?
Restless Leg (RLS) is a neurological disorder that stimulates or excites the legs to move. Most sufferers report experiencing issues with this at night, so it is considered a sleep disorder.
My experiences with it were when my blood was thinned with alcohol or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain killers. They would start to tingle and then get a painful "pins and needles" feeling to where I would need to move or rub them.
Some people mention getting it in other parts of the body. That was not my experience.
The severity of the experience has a lot to do with the individual. Some have said it is mild and others have explained it as a nightmare. One of my tactical buddies would get it from time to time as well. Usually, I would too when we were drinking. That would end up requiring more physical fitness for the day.
How Common Is RLS?
"Fairly", would be a good term. Estimates say that RLS could affect 2.5–15% of the population. That means the 3 degrees of Cher guarantees you know someone has it.
The gender bias swings more towards women leaving them a more popular victim. It is suggested that women are twice as likely to have this condition. Sorry ladies.
What Risk Does RLS Carry?
Some of the RLS risks cited are:
- Kidney failure
- Parkinson's disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pregnancy complications
What Drugs Cause RLS?
One positive aspect of this citation is that many of the drugs listed as possible causes for RLS have been successfully replaced or removed by the use of Cannabis products.
- Antinausea medicines (used to treat upset stomach)
- Antidepressants (used to treat depression)
- Antipsychotics (used to treat certain mental health disorders)
- Cold and allergy medicines that contain antihistamines
- Calcium channel blockers (used to treat heart problems and high blood pressure)
What Age Do People Get RLS?
There is a divide in the age definitions. Early onset and late onset. One begins before the age of 45, is hereditary, and will worsen over time. The late onset happens after 45 and is relatively stable after it is experienced. Unfortunately, I am in the early group and can expect it to get worse for me.
So now what?!
What is the relationship between restless leg syndrome & weed
Given the lack of research due to our industry, we are severely handicapped in providing evidence of a solution. But, with that said we can make assumptions. Based on the types of treatments that do work, and the anecdotal evidence from patients, we can give you our best suggestions. Everyone is unique, but here are some of the things we report.
Products containing high levels of CBD have been shown to be effective for some neuropathic conditions including seizures and neuropathic derived pain. RLS is a neurologic condition; therefore it is likely that CBD products may be helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
THC is a well-known sleep agent. That is something we don't need clinical trials to count on. Because RLS is a sleep condition, THC products will help get you through a full night of rest without being shaken out of REM sleep. An additional benefit of having a better sleep is your bed partner wont suffer kicks and shocks as you move around as much, leaving them to have a much more fulfilling rest.
What Products Should I Take?
This is a little bit of a preference question. It depends on the effects you wish to experience. If you want a longer more sustained effect we suggest our edibles or tinctures. Remember it takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours or more for an edible to kick in. And always take it slow at first with each new product until you understand how it will affect your body.
We sincerely hope you are able to alleviate your sensations and start enjoying your evenings. As a sufferer myself, I can offer my sympathy. If you have more questions please feel free to contact us and a knowledgable rep will help you.