CBD for Parkinson’s Disease – Can This Be The Cure?

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CBD(Cannabidiol) for Parkinson’s disease patients is emerging as the much sought out relief from the symptoms that plague their daily lives.

Parkinson’s disease is progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons. People that suffer from Parkinson’s disease are afflicted with a series of motor and cognitive symptoms that drastically affects their ability to lead a normal life.

Motor Deficiencies

  • A fine tremor that appears during resting periods
  • Rigidity
  • Bradykinesia – a paucity and slowness of movement. Patients can present loss of facial expression and associated movements such as arm swinging when walking.
  • Postural Instability – arguably the most dangerous motor deficiency as it often leads to falls that result in life-threatening traumatism
  • A motor block – this is essentially a freezing phenomenon. Typically, patients are suddenly unable to step forward when walking or complete their intended action. The freeze is transient and can last from seconds to minutes, after which it suddenly abates. This condition is often a major cause of anxiety and fear for those that suffer from Parkinson’s.

Cognitive disorders

The most common cognitive and psychiatric manifestations are dementia and depression.  In some cases, Parkinson’s can also cause delusions, hallucinations, irritability, anxiety and apathy. Also, they often have disturbing sensory symptoms and pain in affected limbs.

These cognitive afflictions can sometimes be more impactful than the motor problems and are unfortunately harder to diagnose, treat and control.

 

Conventional Treatment

The medical treatment of Parkinson’s disease aims to control the symptoms and signs of this condition for as long as possible while keeping adverse effects to a minimum.

Levodopa coupled with Carbidopa is currently the gold standard symptomatic treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

While Levodopa provides the greatest control of motor symptoms and signs and presents the fewest adverse effects in the short term usage; long-term use of levodopa leads to side effects which are difficult to resolve.

 

CBD for treating Parkinson’s Disease

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main components of Cannabis sativa, however, it does not have any psychoactive effects and it is safe for humans to consume. Pharmacological studies on CBD have shown that this compound has numerous beneficial properties for the human body, including:

  • Neuroprotective effectscbd for parkinsons
  • Immune modulation
  • Anti-arthritic agent
  • Anti-convulsant
  • Anxiolytic
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antipsychotic
  • Antiemetic effects

 

The neuroprotective properties of CBD have been receiving increasing attention from the medical community for potential use in treating neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s disease Huntington’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

 

CBD and Dopamine

Cannabinoids exert their effects by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system. By activating the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptor, CBD can actually modulate the release of dopamine at the central nervous system level.

Cannabinoids have been shown to increase both tonic and phasic dopamine transmission, as well as the activity of the systems that prevent dopamine neural activity. This increase in dopamine is one of the main reasons why CBD could be for Parkinson’s patients extremely beneficial.

 

CBD as a Neuroprotective Agent

Cannabidiol has demonstrated its ability to support the health of neural cells. Through its antioxidant properties, it prevents cell damage caused by free radicals, thus extending the life of neurons. It also has the ability to activate a receptor that encourages the formation of new mitochondria(the cell’s energy factory).

The cannabinoids are also able to suppress the glial activation, excitotoxicity, and oxidative injury that cause the degeneration of the dopamine-releasing neurons. Thus, further encouraging neuron longevity and health.

 

CBD for Parkinson’s Disease – Trial Results

While cannabinoids have not been able to prevent or stop the progression of the disease; they are able to help patients with Parkinson’s disease manage their symptoms and thus greatly improve their day to day life.

During studies that administered cannabis to Parkinson’s disease patients, impressive relief of symptoms was achieved. The patients saw significant improvements in motor disability and impairments, rigidity, tremors, bradykinesia, pain, and sleep.

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More recent clinical trials found that cannabinoids can significantly reduce motor and pain symptoms in Parkinson’s disease patients as quick as 30 minutes after administration.

 

CBD is also a powerful anxiolytic that can also substantially improve sleep patterns, mood and decrease psychosis in Parkinson’s disease patients.

In one survey, Parkinson’s disease patients that have used cannabinoids to control their symptoms have ranked it as the most effective treatment option out of prayer, vitamins, massage, art therapy, relaxation, and music therapy.

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Author’s Note

If you would like to know more about the CBD and its benefits for the human body, we recommend you read our Breakthrough in Cannabis Curing Cancer Research and Medical Marijuana for Hypothyroidism articles.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. My grandma had Parkinson’s disease, she is about 80 years old it was detected 7 years ago. Right now it’s getting more difficult to live for her, because of stiff muscles she can’t even move. L-dopa and carbidopa medicines are given, but won”t give much relief. She can”t eat food and the skin is damaging forming ganglia. This is may be the last stage of disease.. nothing was really working to help her condition. Finally she started on parkinson’s herbal formula i purchased from Health Herbal Clinic, i read alot of positive reviews from other patients who used the parkinson’s herbal treatment. she used the herbal remedy for 7 weeks, its effects on parkinson’s is amazing, all her symptoms gradually faded away, she feed very more freely by herself now! I recommend this parkinson’s herbal formula for all Parkinson’s Patients.

  2. My Parkinsons disease symptoms started at the age of 54. My fingers on my left hand were stiff and were difficult to move. People noticed that my walk was not normal, I was often asked did I hurt. It was difficult getting up from` a chair and getting out of a car. I was diagnosed a year later, all medications my doctor prescribed did more harm than good. In November, 2016 I started on NewLife Herbal Clinic Parkinson disease natural herbal remedy treatment, my parkinsons symptoms including tremors, slowed movement, shaking deteriorated over the first 9 weeks of the PD herbal formula usage, i am now 59 with no trace of Parkinsons or tremors. The PD herbal formula helped me in a way i just didn’t imagine, this is a breakthrough for all parkinsons disease patients.

    George Herrmann
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  3. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a year ago at the age of 68. For several months I had noticed tremors in my right hand and the shaking of my right foot when I was sitting. My normally beautiful cursive writing was now small cramped printing. And I tended to lose my balance. Neurologist had me walk down the hall and said I didn’t swing my right arm. I had never noticed! I was in denial for a while as there is no history in my family of parents and five older siblings, but now accept I had classic symptoms. I was taking pramipexole (Sifrol), carbidopa/levodopa and Biperiden, 2 mg. and started physical therapy to strengthen muscles. nothing was really working to help my condition.I went off the Siferol (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started on parkinson’s herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, my symptoms totally declined over a 3 weeks use of the Parkinsons disease natural herbal formula. i am now almost 70 and doing very well, the disease is totally reversed!

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