For Parkinson's Disease in Florida
Around 50% of individuals with Parkinson’s disease develop some kind of depression. Delusions and hallucinations, known as PD psychosis, are possible complications of the disease.
About Parkinson’s disease
The progressive permanent condition, Parkinson’s disease, affects the nervous system. With time, slowed cognition and stiffness might develop. Eventually that causes severe symptoms like speech and moving difficulties. Some patients also experience tremors and posture changes. Researchers are always looking for therapies that can help Parkinson’s disease patients improve their quality of life and manage the disease. Medical cannabis is among the possible alternative treatments.
The potential benefits of medical marijuana for Parkinson’s disease
For Parkinson’s disease, cannabis is thought to offer several benefits such as:
- Pain relief
- Better quality sleep
- Reduced tremors
- Easier movement
- Improved overall health
The benefits are attributed to marijuana analgesic and muscle relaxing effects. Even though cannabis comes with some side effects, Parkinson’s disease patients prefer them to the other risk factors associated with the common medications. Some medications cause:
- Ankle swelling
- Skin blotching
- Memory problems
- Involuntary movements
- Urination problems
- Liver damage and
What researchers say
Most states have legalized medical cannabis and the studies into its benefits on health have been increasing. A study published in the year 2014 and involving 22 Parkinson’s disease patients showed that cannabis improves tremors, pain and sleep within 30 minutes of smoking the herb.
Another study published in the year 2010 showed that cannabinoids have effective anti-inflammatory properties. The active compounds, cannabinoids, in marijuana help reduce symptoms of various diseases related to Parkinson’s disease. Studies on potential impacts of cannabis on the Parkinson’s disease are ongoing but large studies are needed before the treatment is accepted worldwide.
The potential risks of marijuana as a Parkinson’s disease treatment
Apart from the potential benefits of cannabis for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, you should also expect side effects. THC in marijuana causes:
- Impaired movements and thinking
- Memory problems
- Hallucinations and
- Mood changes
People who smoke marijuana observe more side effects than those who take it in the other forms. Short-term effects are associated with the smoke itself and include coughing and lung irritation. Frequent lung infections are also possible. With time, marijuana smoking causes heart problems and may worsen other heart conditions. Remember that, there are no clinical studies to show direct relationships between cardiovascular events and marijuana.
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