Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a chronic sensorimotor disorder characterized by an urge to move the legs. This urge is often accompanied by pain or other uncomfortable and unpleasant sensations, it either occurs or worsens during rest, particularly in the evening and/or at night, and temporarily improves with activity. Affecting nearly 3% of the North American and European populations in its moderate-to-severe form, RLS has a considerable negative impact on the quality of life, and sleep and is associated with significant morbidity. Although new developments have deepened our understanding of the disorder, yet, the corresponding pathophysiologic features that underlie the sensorimotor presentation are still not fully understood. Usually, symptoms respond well to dopamine agonists (DA), anticonvulsants, or opiates, used either alone or in any combination, but still, a subset of patients remains refractory to medical therapy and serious side effects such as augmentation and impulse control disorder may occur in patients with RLS under DA. Convincing treatment alternative are lacking but recently patients’ spontaneous reports of a remarkable and total remission of RLS symptoms following cannabis use has been reported. The antinociceptive effect of marijuana has been documented in many painful neurological conditions and the potential benefit of cannabis use in patients with refractory RLS should, therefore, be questioned by robust clinical trials. Here, we review basic knowledge of RLS and the putative mechanisms by which cannabis may exert its analgesic effects.
RLS, also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, is a neurological disorder that can be a source of great discomfort and irritation. It is not limited to a particular age group or gender and its cause remains mostly unknown. Along with the primary symptom, an unbearable urge to move the legs, people may experience other sensations such as itching, tingling or even burning.
The link between CBD and restless leg syndrome
Finally, CBD can help those struggling to get a peaceful night’s sleep. In fact, mild cases of RLS can be helped by adopting a healthy sleep cycle . Many of us create pre-bedtime rituals to help lull us to sleep, such as light stretching or even meditation. The alleviating effects of these rituals can be supported by CBD. For instance, many of our customers opt to take our CALM 500mg CBD Oil before bed, ending their day with a tranquil blend of CBD, Mint, Camomile and Ashwagandha.
Does CBD work for people with restless leg syndrome?
It is recommended that people using CBD for the first time start low and go slow. This will help them gauge their body’s response and find a dosage that is right for them. It is also worth mentioning that the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) currently advises that adults do not exceed 70mg of CBD oil per day.
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