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Spasticity

Spasticity is caused by an imbalance of signals between the brain and spinal cord to the muscles. This may be due to injury, disease, or abnormalities in the nervous system, spinal cord, and brain.

Spasticity is a common condition associated with:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stroke victims
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Muscle spasms and muscle cramps are unpredictable and involuntary tightening and contractions of your muscles. Some can cause discomfort or pain. the most commonly affected muscles are the calves, thighs, feet, shoulders, back, arms, hands, and Abdomen. Cannabinoids in medical marijuana are able to bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which then leads to various changes in the body, such as a decrease in inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. In addition, cannabis may slow the progression of spasticity by protecting against the degeneration of nerves. Moreover, medical cannabis may treat the other symptoms associated with spasticity, such as anxiety and depression

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