When I mention cannabis, you probably think of stoned teens lighting up in their bedroom. Well, this stereotype should be confined to the past, as it has been found that certain cannabis strains can help stop Restless Legs Syndrome.
What Is Restless Legs Syndrome?
Also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, Restless Legs Syndrome is a disorder of the nervous system which produces a constant urge for the sufferer to move their legs. This constant movement is generated by an uncomfortable “creeping sensation” which usually emanates from the sufferer’s calves, thighs, and feet. The disorder is most commonly suffered at night, and some sufferers also find the effect moves to their arms.
What is the Cause of Restless Legs Syndrome?
Little is known about the actual cause of the condition. Restless Legs Syndrome is known to run in families, so there is likely to be a genetic effect playing its part. Recent research seems to suggest that the effect of Restless Legs Syndrome is produced when the body isn’t able to deal with dopamine effectively.
The condition can also be a side effect of other conditions, for example, sufferers of kidney failure or those who are deficient in iron are known to suffer with the condition. There also seems to be a link between the syndrome and pregnant women, but the syndrome tends to go away of its own accord after pregnancy.
What Strains Help?
Purple Kush is a potent and powerful pure Indica marijuana strain, which has a concentration of THC of upwards of 20%. You will usually find this strain on the top 10 lists for the most powerful strains in the world, so make sure you build up a tolerance to THC before using the strain on a regular basis.
If you are looking for a hybrid, AC/DC is a great strain to consider. You can expect a low THC concentration of between 1 and 6 per cent, so there will only be a slight psychoactive effect. The concentration of CBD is usually around 20%. This is the strain to choose if you tend to get restless legs when you sit down at work during the day.
You may also know this strain as Afghan OG. This is an Indica strain with a THC concentration of approximately 21%, with lower CBD and CBN concentrations of 6 and 1% respectively. Users of Afghan Kush notice the effects last upwards of 3 hours, which is great to use prior to going to bed.
For more advice on the strains to choose, consult your local dispensary.