Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a disorder of the nervous system. It is characterized by a constant need to move the legs. This disease, also known as “Willis and Ekbom disease” or “muscular impatience syndrome of awakening”, is accompanied by uncomfortable itchings such as tingling or the feeling of having received an electric shock.
This disease usually occurs in the evening when you sleep. People with RLS have an insatiable desire to move their legs or walk once they are in bed.
A French study proves the effectiveness of cannabis on RLS
Two French experts from the University of Bordeaux Hospital, Imad Ghorayeb and Thomas Megelin, observed the effects of cannabis on RLS symptoms. They conducted a study based on 6 patients with symptoms. 2 of them used painkillers containing high doses of opiates that regulate dopamine.
These two patients experienced side effects such as a constant craving for food. They have even used clonazepam and gabapentin, powerful antiepileptics that do not have the desired effects against the symptoms of RLS.
On the other hand, other patients used recreational cannabis and cannabidiol oil (CBD) administered under the tongue. The results were convincing: Symptoms have disappeared following cannabis use.
The doctor explains that cannabis is the most tolerable and effective substance against treatment comparable to other tested drugs.
Nevertheless, the researchers explain that the effect is made possible by the action of cannabis on endocannabinoid system receptors. They are responsible for the sensation of pain due to the symptoms of the disease. Cannabis is also effective against anxiety and promotes sleep, which explains the disappearance of symptoms.