Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder that results in the malfunction and death of nerve cells within the brain. As Parkinson's progresses, it eventually results in body stiffness and slower movements. Symptoms of the disease include tremors, bradykinesia, rigidity, and postural instability. Those who suffer Parkinson's disease often also develop depression, cognitive problems, swallowing problems, sleep problems, fatigue, pain, and even psychosis. Studies show cannabis can help slow the progression of Parkinson's and help relieve the disease's symptoms.
Thanks to cannabis' neuroprotective properties, it may have the ability to halt the progression of Parkinson's disease. Cannabinoids suppress excitotoxicity, glial activation, and oxidative injury that cause degeneration of dopamine-relieasing neurons, and they also improve a cell's mitochondrial function, allowing it to clear cellular debris and improve neuron health. THC, specifically, is capable of preventing damage caused by free radicals and has the ability to encourage the formation of new mitochondria by activating specific receptors. CBD also promotes neural cells mitochondrial health, making it therapeutic for neurodegenerative disorders. Patients suffering from Parkinson's disease witnessed improvements in motor disability and impairments, tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia, sleep, and pain through the use of inhaling cannabis. One study even found cannabis was able to reduce pain and motor problems in Parkinson's patients within just 30 minutes of use. Lastly, one study found four weeks of CBD use reduced psychotic symptoms in Parkinson's disease patients suffering from psychosis.
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