Parkinson’s Disease

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative condition that affects parts of the brain. It affects around one in 500 people in the UK. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s – but there are treatments out there to help reduce the symptoms and help those living with the condition enjoy a good quality of life for as long as possible. 

Let’s look at the major symptoms of Parkinson’s. The three key effects of the disease are: 

  • Involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body (known as tremors)
  • Slow movements
  • Stiff or inflexible muscles. 

Parkinson’s is a degenerative condition that attacks the brain, so it can present itself through different symptoms in different people. Someone with Parkinson’s might exhibit all of those symptoms, or only one; it all depends on the individual.

Treating Parkinson’s Disease

As ongoing research into Parkinson’s disease, studies have been done to look at the effect of medical cannabis on Parkinson’s disease. Medical cannabis has a range of benefits that could potentially be beneficial to those with Parkinson’s, including pain relief, reduced tremors, a better quality of sleep, improved mood, and more ease in movement.

Treatment for Parkinson’s is focused largely on managing symptoms, as there is no known cure. Supportive treatments such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy have been known to help patients reduce the impact of tremors or stiff movements

Medical cannabis also has anti-inflammatory properties, which could help with some side effects of Parkinson’s medication. However, research is still ongoing and there is no definitive proof that medical cannabis can help with Parkinson’s. Nonetheless, 26% of people with Parkinson’s surveyed by Parkinson’s UK are currently using cannabis products to help manage pain and discomfort as a result of their condition.

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