Interesting New Role for Cannabis in Parkinson’s Disease

Cannabis and its role in treating Parkinson's Disease

It is estimated that seven to 10 million people worldwide are living and suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine. It predominantly affects the part of your brain that controls how you move your body. It ordinarily begins in middle or late life usually in your 60’s.

Most people with the disease live a normal lifespan, but the disease can affect their quality of life of the sufferer and of the family members. It will affect daily activities like driving, walking, overall movement, getting out of bed, and/or working.

Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms (common)

  • Stiff muscles
  • Tremors
  • Changes in walking
  • Slow movements (bradykinesia) movement disorder and motor symptoms (substantia nigra)
  • Writing issues/changes
  • Memory problems
  • Tiredness/sleep problems
  • Stooped posture
  • Trouble with balance
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Dementia, or trouble with thinking Loss of smell
  • Excessive sweating

Risk factors of Parkinson’s Disease

One in five people with PD experience low blood pressure. Men are more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than are women. Being exposed to environmental factors and certain toxins may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease later in life. People usually develop the disease around age 60 or older and young adults and they would rarely experience Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is also hereditary, so those in your family who have a medical history relating to Parkinson’s disease increases your risk of Parkinson’s disease.

Can CBD help people with Parkinson’s disease

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a compound to the cannabis plant and has been used over the last 10’000 years as medicine due to its beneficial medicinal properties.

The discovery of the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) in recent years has led to more studies and research carried out on cannabis and certain ailments believed to have positive effects on. In recent studies on cannabis and Parkinson’s disease, it has come to researchers attention that The endocannabinoid system plays a major role in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) because the endocannabinoid system is vitally important in the central nervous system where the loss of brain cells is particularly difficult to prevent or stop.

The study, The endocannabinoid system as a target for the treatment of motor dysfunction published by Lastres-Becker et al showed that CBD and it’s antioxidant effects curbed the neurodegeneration. After enough tests and trials were carried out on animals, they moved onto human testing. Here they discovered that the area of the brain that holds the most amount of CB1 receptors is the predominant area with neurostimulation for tremors in people with Parkinson’s disease.

Larry, who is a Parkinson’s patient and suffers from severe dyskinesia, took CBD oil for the very first time in front of a camera to show the benefits of the drug. Larry suffers from tremors, loss of voice, motor issues and uncontrollable movements due to Parkinson’s and dyskinesia. After taking the oil, within 3 or 4 mins, his tremors totally stopped and his voice was no longer shaking. He had full control of his body for the first time in a long time. The video proves the positive effects CBD oil has on Parkinson’s patients. Yes, cannabis helps with Parkinson’s disease.

In saying that, cannabis as a medicinal medication is in its early stages, because of the lack of knowledge and resources. This is due to the fact that the drug is illegal in the majority of the world. Governments such as the UK government are now beginning to see the benefits of the drug, and are taking small steps in decriminalizing the drug. If you are a Parkinson’s patient, or someone in your family member is, and you’d like to interpret CBD oil into yours/their life, please consult a doctor or a medical professional about taking CBD oil as part of the Parkinson’s treatment.

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