It’s estimated that Parkinson’s disease effects approximately 1 million Americans today. The disease affects 50% more men than women and is more common in later life. Affecting the central nervous system, Parkinson’s changes the way the brain controls the movement of the body.
The symptoms of Parkinsons’s disease are severe. For most people diagnosed with this aggressively degenerative disease, life is never the same post-diagnosis. Very few are able to continue to work and the vast majority will require full time care as the symptoms of their disease worsen over time.
The most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:
While there is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease today, medical cannabis has been used as an experimental treatment by hundreds of thousands of patients for many years. The ability of medical cannabis to relive pain and calm anxiety has, for many Parkinson’s patients, vastly improved quality of life. David is one of them.
David has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 13 years is a medical cannabis user. At first, his neurologist recommended he take cannabis in a tea form. He found that it helped the uncontrollable shaking which is such a common symptom of the disease, and improved his rapidly deteriorating motor skills.
Due to the other medicines David has to take, he suffers from nausea in the mornings. He claims that cannabis has had an enormously positive impact on this nausea.
David’s story of how his quality of life has vastly improved by using medical cannabis is inspiring. By treating his condition at home with medical cannabis, David is able to live as close to a normal life as possible with such a serious condition. This has impacted his family life, his relationship with his son, his mental health and his ability to move around and live a relatively normal life.
Unfortunately there is no FDA-approved cannabis-based treatment for Parkinson’s disease as of yet. More research is underway and scientists continue to explore the effects of cannabis on this particular disease. However, results so far have been overwhelmingly positive and it seems reasonable to say that a cannabis-based Parkinson’s drug is not too far away.
This video really gives a great insight into the struggles of those who suffer from Parkinson’s. More than that though, it gives us hope for the future of Parkinson’s disease and those who have no choice but to live with it.