In today’s post, we’ll look at a study in which cannabis was found effective in managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. In the pilot study from Tel Aviv University in Isreal, which was published in Clinical Neuropharmacology, 40 Parkinson’s disease patients smoked cannabis for an average of 19 months. Of those patients, 82% found the medication improved symptoms through pain relief, reduced tremors, attenuated muscle stiffness, and sleep improvements. Additionally, 75% found it improved their mood. It’s thought cannabis may activate receptors in the substantia nigra region of the brain, where brain cells are destroyed by the condition. Through activating these receptors, cannabis might help manage cognitive impairment, mobility difficulties, and tremors. Cannabis produced only minor side effects.
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