Marijuana and Parkinson’s Disease

Marijuana and Parkinson’s Disease

How Marijuana Works with Parkinson’s Disease

While there is still much to learn about how marijuana works with Parkinson’s Disease, early research suggests that it may be able to help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with the disease. In this blog post, we’ll explore how marijuana may be able to help patients with Parkinson’s and what the current state of research is.

Marijuana and the Endocannabinoid System

To understand how marijuana may be able to help patients with Parkinson’s, it’s important to first understand the role of the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a network of receptors and molecules that are found throughout the body, including in the brain. This system is responsible for regulating a variety of functions, including pain, sleep, mood, and appetite.

Marijuana and the Endocannabinoid System

Studies have shown that patients with Parkinson’s have a deficiency in one particular cannabinoid called anandamide. Anandamide helps to regulate movement and has neuroprotective properties. This deficiency affects the motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s. There are reasons to believe increasing levels of anandamide in the body could help alleviate these symptoms.

Marijuana and Symptom Relief

While more research is needed in this area, a few small studies have been conducted on how marijuana works with Parkinson’s Disease. One study found that patients who used marijuana reported improvements in sleep quality, relaxation, and increased ability to socialize compared to those who did not use marijuana. Another study found that 47.8% of Parkinson’s patients that used cannabis reduced their prescription medications.

There have been 6 different studies that make a good case that CBD may have neuroprotective benefits.

What’s interesting is that in an analysis of a survey of  1123 Parkinson’s patients 54% of responders saw a clinical benefit. 43.9% of patients saw improvements in pain and 41.4% saw improvements in muscle cramps.  

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Parkinson's Disease approved for medical marijuana

Marijuana is an approved medical condition in Illinois and other states for a medical marijuana card. It’s important to note that while marijuana may be able to help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease, it is not a cure. There is still no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, but treatment options are constantly being researched and developed. 

Marijuana has been shown to improve some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, be sure to speak with your doctor about all potential treatment options.

More research is needed in this area before any definitive conclusions can be drawn. If you have tried conventional medical therapies and your symptoms have not been reduced or eliminated then cannabis may be the best option for you. It’s definitely worth discussing with a qualified medical provider.

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Article reviewed by:

Dr. Richard Koffler

Richard Koffler, MD

NPI Number- 1467557264

  • Dr. Koffler is a Physiatrist, specializing in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 
  • Graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in 1993 Dr. Koffler completed a one-year internship in internal medicine at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. 
  • Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center in New York City. Board certified in 1998. 
  • Trained in acupuncture at Helms Medical Institute at UCLA His medical practice incorporates proven conventional western medicine integrating eastern alternative practices. 
  • Medical Director of several medical clinics in NYC, Stamford CT, and Miami Beach, FL.

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