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What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s is a disease impacting the nerve cells within the brain, leading to muscle rigidity, tremors, and over time, decline in speech, gait, and motor skills. Unfortunately, there is still no known cure. While a cure may not be available, scientists and researchers have found several methods of treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, including Medical Marijuana in Florida. Many patients have found tremendous success through the use of medical cannabis in limiting muscle spasms and pain. Furthermore, many patients find greater relief when combining THC and CBD, rather than using just CBD.
Does Medical Marijuana help with Parkinson’s Disease?
In a recent study of 84 Parkinson’s Disease patients who were treating their illness with medical marijuana, over 46% experienced relief and improvement in their symptoms. A similar study was conducted using just CBD on six patients suffering from Parkinsonian Psychosis as a result of their Parkinson’s Disease. All six patients reported significant improvement in their psychotic symptoms. Research has shown that Parkinson’s Disease, while it cannot be completely cured, can be treated and made more tolerable through the use of medical marijuana.
Medical Marijuana for Parkinson’s Disease
The endocannabinoid system found in the human brain is made up of numerous cannabinoid receptors that are then linked to neurons. This link helps regulate body functions as well as thinking. Researchers believe that medical cannabis may actually protect these neurons from damage caused by Parkinson’s Disease. Cannabinoids are believed to protect the brain cells through both anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties.
- Pain Relief
- Diminished Tumors
- Improved sleep
- Improved Mood
- Improvement in movement
Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
Some of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease include:
- Decreased ability to control facial expression
- Monotonous speech
- Decreased blinking of eyes
- Slow voluntary movements
- Shuffling gait/walk
- Decline in balance
- Stiffness in extremities
- Trouble swallowing
Read what others say about Medical Marijuana and Parkinson’s Disease
Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor
– 6 months on medical cannabis
– Parkinson’s, chronic pain, debilitating tremor
– Previously treated with opioids, epilepsy medication, physical therapy
Excerpt: "I have Parkinson’s, chronic pain, and a tremor which runs in our family. It affects my voice, my jaw, my hands, my head. And in the past I've tried medications. I could have drunk alcohol heavily, that usually helps, but that wasn't an option for me for obvious reasons. And I also have pretty bad back, which continued to get worse from being a nurse. It got to the point where the tremor prevented me from drawing blood, drawing up medications, feeding myself without embarrassment, and so forth and so on..."
Pensacola Medical Marijuana Doctor
– 3 months on medical cannabis
– Previously treated with pharmaceuticals for seizures, brain surgery, VNS
The medical marijuana has helped some. I’ve still been having seizures but have noticed when I use the product, it helps with my recovery time. I’ve had epilepsy for 20 years and have been on every medication made for seizures, have had brain surgery and a VNS, and still am having seizures. I use the nasal, drops, and vape. Although I’m not having near as many [seizures] as I was, I don’t understand why it hasn’t stopped them completely. I was hoping this would be my cure-all and it hasn’t been yet. On TV they would show parents giving their children drops of MM and they come right out of the seizure and back to normal. Maybe I am not doing it enough, I don’t know? Just wonder if there is anybody else still having seizures while on this.
– 3 months on medical cannabis
– Seizures, migraines
– Previously treated with pharmaceuticals for the seizures
I am 63 years old and live in an apartment alone in rural Florida. I am unable to work because of migraines and seizures. I was on pharmaceuticals for the seizures and smoking marijuana. I noticed that the only time I had a seizure was when I had run out of the marijuana. So I am extremely happy to use the vape pens and pharmaceuticals and have had no seizures in almost 6 months. I started using them in October 2016. I also have only one migraine since then when I could sometimes have two per week. I just would like very much to be able to smoke it but Rick Scott code to omit that when he signed the bill.
I think cannabis should be legal for anyone 21 years of age.