This is something that’s a medical condition where the arteries spasm and cause episodes of where the blood flow is reduced. The smaller arteries that carry blood start to narrow, and that limits circulation, and this is called vasospasm too. The result of this is pins and needles in the toes, cold fingers, color changes within your skin, pain and migraines, a numbness, and a prickly pain when the hands and feet get warmed up. It can also cause in some instances skin sores and gangrene.
This is something that affects about 4% of the population, and usually, the symptoms are mild enough that it’s just mildly annoying, however not all symptoms are considered mild. In some cases, it may be more like an autoimmune condition and may cause connective tissue disorders too. There are triggers that actually cause this, which include:
- Cold weather
- Cold objects
Primary Vs. Secondary Raynaud’s Disease
The primary version is pretty much the idiopathic version where the symptoms just happen without the underlying conditions, and this affects mostly women during young adulthood and teens. This is partially hereditary, but caffeine, nicotine, beta-blockers, estrogen, and birth control may activate this too. The secondary is pretty much something that happens due to complications with other conditions and may be dangerous. This one could also be a symptom of other conditions.
Some secondary Raynaud’s causes include:
- Connective tissues and autoimmune disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, mixed connective tissue disease, and Sjogren’s syndrome. Eating disorders also may cause this
- Artery disorders including atherosclerosis, primary pulmonary hypertension, and others may cause tis
- Overuse of parts of the body and vibrations may cause tis
- Carpal tunnel
- Fractures or frostbite may cause this
Cannabis and Raynaud’s disease
There are some studies that look into this, and right now a lot of it is based on anecdotal evidence and the underlying logic as to why cannabinoids and cannabis may be used here. There are primary benefits for using this. First, cannabis especially THC, works as a natural vasodilator, which will open up your arteries. Pinene is also good because it works as a natural vasodilator as well. Raynaud’s is also associated with autoimmune disorders, and CBD also may help to regulate this, control inflammation, and help with this
Both of these in tiny amounts help to relieve both anxiety and stress, which are common triggers for this condition There are also potential drawbacks that come with this, similar to how you use medical cannabis to treat other kinds of conditions. This does come with some side effects which are mild though compared to drugs, and cannabis is nowhere near as addictive as a prescription drug can be
Cannabis may also be hep with other effects associated with Raynaud syndrome, including depression symptoms that come with this, and it can improve the overall health. There are some potential effects though if you’re commonly taking some drugs that go along with this. CBD and the like also do interfere with beta-blockers, and may also affect calcium channels to, but there is no direct indication between this either, so there may not be a connection.
There is also the chance that cannabis arteritis may show up, and this usually happens in heavier smokers, which causes corkscrew-shaped blood vessels. Whether the cannabis are known for doing this, it could potentially trigger this. In most cases, if you’re going to use this for Raynaud’s, try to make sure that you use a vape, or through edibles and topicals, more than you would through smoking.