Parkinson’s disease is a disease of the nervous system which is progressive in nature. This means that the symptoms of the disease begin to appear slowly and become more severe over time. These symptoms include:
The current treatments are somewhat limited in their ability to manage these symptoms. These medications increase dopamine levels in the brain, a deficiency of which is largely responsible for the condition. They can be effective to a point, however they cannot eradicate the Parkinson’s symptoms completely.
Increasing numbers of Parkinson’s patients are now treating their symptoms with cannabidiol, or CBD oil. This experimental home treatment has been hailed at highly effective in a number of ways.
CBD oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant, making it a by product of cannabis. However, CBD doesn’t cause the euphoric “high” effects that we associate with recreational cannabis, so it is much more suitable for everyday use.
CBD has been found by researchers to contain some impressive medicinal qualities. These include its ability to act as an effective anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, kill cancer cells and reduce seizures.
However, the medical benefits of CBD for Parkinson’s patients are based on it’s ability to manage pain, promote sleep, improve mood and relax tremors. These effects have been proven in a number of scientific research studies over the past few years. Furthermore, the results of these studies have been supported by decades of anecdotal evidence from patients themselves.
Unfortunately, the research data on CBD and Parkinson’s just isn’t robust enough at present. The long term effects of CBD are still relatively mysterious. As too, are the variations in effects caused by different strains and doses of the drug. Hopefully this data will be collected in the near future.
In the meantime, people with Parkinson’s disease who wish to explore CBD as an experimental treatment for their condition should consult their medical team before doing so.