I started having issues with leg cramps about a year ago.
Shortly after I lay down in bed at night, my calves begin to ache.
The pain is severe. There is no chance of sleeping through it. I need to get out of bed, stand on a cold floor and flex my toes. I have tried a wide variety of over-the-counter ointments, gels and lotions. I’ve taken Aleve and Tylenol. I’ve looked into home remedies such as drinking herbal teas and eating raisins and kiwi. I’ve increased my intake of water and adjusted the intensity of my daily workouts. Rather than running and jumping rope, I’ve focused more on biking, kayaking and swimming. None of my methods seemed to help. A friend of mine suggested that I try cannabis-infused topicals. I wasn’t even aware that there was such a product. I was familiar with smoking dried flower, vaping and edibles. I researched and learned that cannabis-infused topicals work by way of the cannabinoids interacting with receptors in the body. CBD and CBN are cannabinoids that have proven effective in alleviating pain and inflammation. Topicals are available in ointments, balms, lotions, sprays, roll-ons and even bath bombs. They are non-psychoactive, easy to apply and allow multiple applications throughout the day. Because most of these products are infused with essential oils, the topicals don’t smell like medicine. They also include helpful terpenes such as limonene and pinene that offer soothing properties. I’ve had success with cannabis-infused topicals. I rub in an ointment right before bed and it helps to prevent the pain.