Marijuana Treats Parkinson’s Disease
Marijuana Treats Parkinson’s Disease in a few different ways. With marijuana research becoming the leading study in many parts of this Country, we are bound to find cures not yet discovered.
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative disorder that mostly affects the elderly population with no known cure. Like Alzheimer’s, it is thought to be caused by a progressive loss of neurons in the brain causing a shortage of dopamine production. Dopamine is one of many chemicals in the brain that help to regulate its activity. Dopamine is an especially important neurotransmitter. It is often called the ‘feel good’ chemical, because it is directly responsible for feelings of pleasure and reward. Many biological functions involve the reward pathways of the brain, including appetite, attention, learning, sleep, sex, movement and mood. It is no secret that marijuana causes a temporary rise in dopamine levels which is responsible for the euphoria that recreational users experience, the ‘feel good’ effect. This shortage of dopamine results in the impairments in movement associated with the Parkinson’s disease .
The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement and/or postural instability. Tremors are the most visible and well-known of the symptoms but other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can include a deterioration of mental abilities related to knowledge, attention, memory, judgment and evaluation, reasoning, problem solving, decision making, comprehension and production of language and mood disorders or behavioral disorders.
For patients with Parkinson’s disease with difficult-to-control symptoms, or for those who are experiencing severe negative side effects from pharmaceutical’s, marijuana can provide the necessary relief.
Significant Improvements With Marijuana Treatment
According to a study published in ‘Clinical Neuropharmacology‘ ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25237116 ), motor skills improves significantly after marijuana use. There was also significant improvement after marijuana treatment with tremors, stiffness and slowness of body movement as well as significant improvement with sleep and pain problems without any significant adverse effects. The study also shows significant improvement in specific motor symptoms after treatment with marijuana. In addition, marijuana’s cannabidiol’s (CBD) anti-anxiety, antidepressant, anti-psychotic and sedative properties could explain the improvements in emotional well-being, daily life activities and quality of life. Marijuana has a place in the therapy of Parkinson’s disease. Although the best neuroprotective treatments for Parkinson’s disease are not known, the endocannabinoid system may be the most promising target for further studies and research. Also very interesting, though scientists haven’t figured out exactly how it works, animal studies suggest compounds in marijuana may be able to actually slow the progression of Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative conditions such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s disease.
Managing Psychosis In Parkinson’s
The management of psychosis in Parkinson’s disease has been a great challenge and there is a need for new drug intervention. Marijuana has an anti-psychotic and neuroprotective effect. Therefore, the aim of a present study was to directly evaluate the ability to produce a desired result, tolerability and safety of CBD’s in marijuana on Parkinson’s disease sufferers with psychotic problems. Six consecutive outpatients (four men and two women) with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and who had psychosis for at least 3 months were selected for the study. All patients received marijuana’s cannabidiol for 4 weeks, in addition to their usual therapy. The psychotic symptoms showed a significant decrease under CBD treatment. CBD did not worsen the motor function and decreased the total scores of the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale, the most commonly used scale in the clinical study of Parkinson’s disease. No adverse effect was observed during the treatment. These preliminary data suggest that marijuana may be effective, safe and well tolerated for the treatment of the psychosis in Parkinson’s disease.
Pain With Parkenson’s
Descriptions of Parkinson’s Disease do not generally include the mention of pain. Yet more than half of all people with Parkinson’s disease say that they have experienced painful symptoms and various forms of physical discomfort. Marijuana is useful for some patients in managing chronic pain. Other symptoms experienced by patients with Parkinson’s Disease, such as depression and anxiety, relief can be found in marijuana therapy. Marijuana use also provides relief to patients experiencing nausea and vomiting, potential side effects of certain standard PD medications.
Marijuana use improves symptoms or slows progression for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.