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Restless Leg syndrome (RLS)

  • May 31, 2023

Anyone can experience jitteriness after sitting still for long time. However, some people suffer from an irresistible desire to move their legs. A large number of people at some point in their life suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). It is a neurological sensory-motor condition in which legs feel uncomfortable or have some unpleasant sensations that cause an unavoidable urge to move them. These intolerable feelings are generally depicted as tingling, crawling, creeping, painful, or pulling sensations within the limbs. The syndrome can begin at any age, but the likelihood increases with increase in age. Restless Legs Syndrome can also occur during sleep and, therefore, can severely reduce sleep efficiency. (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnagi.2017.00171/full)

No permanent cure for RLS exists, but there is a wide range of medicine available to manage the condition. The creeping or painful sensations and sleep disturbances can also be reduced by the alternative therapy of marijuana. Its use has shown to greatly improve quality of life.

Recently, a study demonstrated that patients with RLS reported spontaneous remission of symptoms after using marijuana. (https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-61663-2_13)

Marijuana has an antinociceptive effect that is responsible for alleviation of pain and reduction of RLS symptoms. (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11325-019-01978-1)

Some of our patients also report attainment of relief and comfort following marijuana use for their restless leg condition. If you are suffering from RLS, please discuss possibly using marijuana with your healthcare provider.