When it comes to alternative and complementary treatment options, patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease ranked medical cannabis as the most beneficial for symptom management. Researchers from the University of Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Denver, and the University of Northern Colorado analyzed responses from self-administered surveys completed by 207 Parkinson’s patients between 2012 and 2013 and published their findings in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In the survey, 52% of patients reported past or current use of complementary and alternative medicine modalities (CAM). Unfortunately, only 4.3% of those respondents reported using cannabis, but it was still ranked among the most effective of all options. Nine of the 207 patients used cannabis, but five of them said it significantly improved their symptoms without worsening their symptoms or producing negative side effects.
The most commonly used CAM treatments were vitamins, followed by prayer, massage, and relaxation techniques. Cannabis was found to be effective along with massage, art, music, and meditation. Authors explained, “While only a small number of participants in our study reported use of cannabis for PD, those that did reported benefits in mood (56%), sleep (56%), motor symptoms (22%), and quality of life (22%).”
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