Medical Marijuana for Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a disorder of the brain that causes muscular tremors resulting it difficulty walking, controlling movement, and coordination. PD is caused by a change in the homeostatic of the endocannabinoid system in the body. The nerve cells that produce dopamine are slowly destroyed without which the brain cannot properly process messages. The result is loss of muscle function that worsens over time. There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. A few pharmaceutical drugs have been developed to control the symptoms, but as with many pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects can be severe. Cannabis is a safe alternative to pharmaceuticals, and though it is difficult for scientists to conduct studies on cannabis, preliminary evidence indicates that it is a powerful treatment for PD and other neurological disorders.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the principal cannabinoids found in cannabis. When ingested they have a synergistic effect, reducing inflammation, controlling spasms, and preventing neurological damage. Cannabis is an ideal candidate in the treatment of PD, but its legal status makes it difficult for those with PD to obtain medicine, or to consider using it, as often doctors do not mention the option.
* as always please be sure to consult with a health professional to assess the risks and rewards of adding medicinal cannabis to your treatment program.