Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a disorder of the brain that causes muscular tremors resulting it difficulty walking, controlling movement, and coordination.
PD is caused by a change in the homeostasis of the endocannabinoid system in the body. The nerve cells that produce dopamine are slowly destroyed without which the brain cannot properly process messages. The result is loss of muscle function that worsens over time.
There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. A few pharmaceutical drugs have been developed to control the symptoms, but as with many pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects can be severe.
Cannabis is a safe alternative to pharmaceuticals, and though it is difficult for scientists to conduct studies on cannabis, preliminary evidence indicates that it is a powerful treatment for PD and other neurological disorders.
Published in July of 2011 this British study reports:
Given its antioxidant properties and its ability to activate CB2 but to block CB1 receptors, Δ9-THCV [a principle compound in cannabis] has a promising pharmacological profile for delaying disease progression in PD and also for ameliorating parkinsonian symptoms.
Diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease where the neurological system of the body is disrupted are counteracted by the neuroprotective properties of cannabis.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the principal cannabinoids found in cannabis. When ingested they have a synergistic effect, reducing inflammation, controlling spasms, and preventing neurological damage. Cannabis is an ideal candidate in the treatment of PD, but its legal status makes it difficult for those with PD to obtain medicine, or to consider using it, as often doctors do not mention the option.
This video from Israel is a striking indication of how difficult PD can be to cope with, and the drastic help cannabis gives.
Anecdotal and laboratory evidence suggest that those suffering from PD benefit from cannabis. Non-sense drug policies must change so that further studies may be conducted. Contact your representative to ask them to support rescheduling marijuana so that patients in need can get medicine that works.