Parkinson’s And Marijuanas
Marijuana has been shown to help with the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. In this article, we will explore how marijuana can help people with Parkinson’s. We will also discuss how to obtain medical marijuana for that purpose.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement. It is caused by the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. Symptoms include tremors, stiffness, and difficulty moving. There is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, but treatment options are available to help manage patients’ symptoms.
How is Parkinson’s Disease Treated?
There is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, but there are treatments that can help lessen the symptoms. Some of the common treatments include medications, surgery, and physical therapy.
There are a variety of medications that can be used to treat Parkinson’s Disease. Some of the most common ones include levodopa, dopamine agonists, and MAO-B inhibitors. Levodopa is the most effective medication for treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but it can cause side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
Dopamine agonists can also relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but they can cause side effects such as hallucinations and dizziness. MAO-B inhibitors can help to slow the progression of Parkinson’s, but they can cause side effects such as constipation and drowsiness.
Surgery is another treatment option for Parkinson’s Disease. The most common type of surgery is deep brain stimulation, which involves implantation of electrodes in the brain. This surgery can help to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but it can also cause side effects such as infections and bleeding.
Physical therapy is another treatment option for Parkinson’s Disease. Physical therapy can help to improve patients’ mobility and range of motion. It can also help to reduce their risk of falls.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating Parkinson’s Disease. The best treatment plan will be individualized based on individual factors such as the severity of the disease, the symptoms, and each patient’s preferences.
Can Marijuana Treat Parkinson’s?
There is some evidence that marijuana may help relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. A 2008 study found that marijuana may alleviate tremors and rigidity in people with Parkinson’s. In addition, a 2017 review of studies concluded that marijuana may be effective in reducing pain and improving sleep in people with Parkinson’s.
Marijuana may be able to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s. A survey of people with the disease found that those who used marijuana enjoyed better motor functioning and were less likely to experience depression.
Side Effects of Using Marijuana for Parkinson’s
There are potential side effects associated with using marijuana to treat Parkinson’s Disease. Some of these side effects may include dizziness, confusion, and problems with memory and concentration. Additionally, marijuana may increase patients’ risk of developing psychosis if they’re already at risk for it.
This is why it’s vital to speak with a doctor before experimenting with marijuana for Parkinson’s.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Prescription
To get a medical marijuana prescription, you will need to see a doctor who is licensed to prescribe medical marijuana. The doctor will review your medical history and may ask about your symptoms. If the doctor determines that medical marijuana is a good treatment for you, they will write a prescription for you. You will then need to register with your state’s medical marijuana program.
If your state’s program approves you for medical marijuana treatment, they’ll issue you a medical marijuana card. You’ll then be able to use that MMJ card at state-licensed dispensaries to purchase medical cannabis products.
While marijuana may offer some benefits for people with Parkinson’s, it’s important to remember that the drug is not a cure. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s Disease. If you’re considering using marijuana to treat your condition, be sure to talk to your doctor first.
How we reviewed this article:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- National Library of Medicine
Jake Peter received his journalism degree from Emerson College and has been writing content for the Sanctuary Wellness Institute since 2021. He is passionate about all things cannabis.