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Parkinson’s disease (PD)

  • May 31, 2023

Even though many patients have conquered the preliminary dilemmas of the disease, there can still be a variety of challenges they have to face throughout the Parkinson’s journey. Initially, they may not need help in the early disease phase and can enjoy independent life. With the passage of time and when effects are exacerbated, they may become dependent on a medical therapy to control the symptoms.

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a complex, chronic, and slowly progressive neurodegenerative ailment that usually affects people in their later life. It influences the body’s voluntary movements, posture, and leads to muscle rigidity. Males have more risk of developing PD than females because of the protective effect of estrogen hormones. The current treatment options for PD mainly involve treating the symptoms and are not curative.  These medications, as all, have the potential for causing occasional side effects. (https://www.mdpi.com/2079-7737/9/5/103)

While not yet approved for treatment of PD, medical marijuana has been shown to benefit some patients.  Before you embark upon a course of medical marijuana treatment, make sure you discuss this with your neurologist.  A recent survey found that marijuana can be helpful for neurodegenerative diseases like PD. Marijuana has been shown to relieve a number of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including pain, tremor, sleep quality anxiety, and quality of life. (https://www.cureus.com/articles/20020-pros-and-cons-of-marijuana-in-treatment-of-parkinsons-disease)

A study has demonstrated that marijuana brought about improvement in the voluntary movements of the body in about 30% of patients with PD. (https://movementdisorders.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/mds.26993)

In another research study about 85% of PD patients reported lessening of their symptoms with the use of marijuana.   https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0965229917302340?via%3Dihub