Study shows that Parkinson’s disease patients benefit from cannabis

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Studies reveal more evidence that cannabis can reverse some of the damage from Parkinson’s

Survey data published in the journal Movement Disorders Clinical Practice has shown that the use of cannabis can mitigate non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. This includes perceptual disorders and other dysfunctions of the autonomic nervous system, which could become a powerful ally against this disease.

A team of researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is testing marijuana as a treatment for many diseases, including neurological conditions, with Parkinson’s disease (PD). To do so, they surveyed more than 1,800 PD patients about their use of cannabis products.

According to the responses, many of the respondents reported consistent relief from sleep, anxiety, pain, and agitation after using cannabidiol (CBD) or related marijuana products. High potency tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) also appears to have had relevance, as many indicated that it was essential for improvements in nausea, appetite, depression and tremors.

Previous studies have also shown that certain prescription medications have begun to drop out of treatment after patients began using cannabis as an alternative. This is especially true when it comes to anxiety and pain.

“In summary, people with PD report that cannabis subjectively improves some PD-related symptoms, with higher THC products conferring more frequent benefits than higher CBD products,” the authors concluded. “Next steps should include more rigorous, controlled studies, informed by the results herein, to more objectively study the effects of varying types of cannabis on PD symptoms, as well the impact of the different methods of ingestion and specific doses.”

Many researchers began to show enthusiasm for studying cannabis in relation to Parkinson’s after people with Parkinson’s reported their anecdotes and posted on social networks about how cannabis supposedly reduced their tremors. Some researchers think that cannabis could be neuroprotective, saving neurons from damage caused by Parkinson’s.