Myoclonus refers to quick, involuntary muscle jerks which come as a result of a neurological disorder it is a symptom of another disease and not a diagnosis of its own. For example, myoclonic jerking may develop in patients with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or Alzheimer’s Disease. Myoclonic jerks commonly occur in persons with epilepsy, a disorder in which the electrical activity in the brain becomes disordered leading to seizures. Myoclonic jerks may occur alone or in sequence, in a pattern or without pattern. They may occur infrequently or many times each minute. The twitching cannot be controlled by the person experiencing it. The most simple example of myoclonus are the hiccups. One specific type is called Myoclonus Diaphragmatic Flutter which causes muscle spasms in the diaphragm making it very difficult to talk and breathe.
Medical Cannabis and Myoclonus
Cannabinoids have been shown to be an excellent form of treatment for muscle spasms and seizures. The anticonvulsant properties of marijuana, specifically CBD, might be the oldest of its known medical benefits. CBD topical lotions and transdermal patches are an excellent choice for treating muscle spasms without any psychoactive effects. Additionally high CBD edibles can provide long term relief without a head change. Inhalation of high CBD strains can provide immediate relief for patients struggling with Myoclonus. Muscle spasms have shown to diminish almost immediately after just 2-3 puffs on a vaporizer. Sativa dominant strains should be used with caution as their stimulating properties could enhance muscle spasms.