Studies show the benefits of using cannabis to reduce Parkinson’s symptoms
Medical marijuana, containing strong THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), may be prescribed for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease in Germany and other parts of Europe. In fact, cannabis has been shown to alleviate symptoms of many illnesses, of which Parkinson’s is just one.
According to a recent survey of Parkinson’s patients, over 8% of them reported using marijuana, with over half of that group saying that the cannabis provided significant relief to some of the more annoying symptoms of the disease. The survey was reported in the Journal of Parkinson’s disease.
“Medical cannabis has been legal and licensed in Germany since 2017. Approval then was given only for therapy-resistant symptoms in severely affected patient’s independent of diagnosis and without clinical evidence-based data,” explained Dr. Carsten Buhmann, Department of Neurology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.
Real THC can only be prescribed in Germany when all else has failed and where ‘cannabis can be expected with not a very unlikely chance to relieve disabling symptoms. CBD (cannabidiol) products may be legally purchased without a prescription from regular pharmacies, and of course, via the internet.
Buhmann’s clinic sent out questionnaires to Parkinson’s patients and received over 1,300 responses in the form of a filled-out formula. Results indicated that there was a lot of interest in cannabis in the Parkinson’s community, but knowledge about different types of products was quite limited.
Although 51% of the patients responding to the questionnaire were aware that medical cannabis was legal, only 28% were aware of the methods used to ingest the cannabis and only a surprising 9% were even aware of the difference between THC and CBD.