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Study: Inhaled Cannabis Relieves Symptoms Of Parkinson's Disease

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Just thought I would pass this on to all of you. Please feel free to ask about the study, but not about my personal opinion.

Thank you.

 

 

Study: Inhaled Cannabis Relieves Symptoms Of Parkinson's Disease

 

Thursday, 20 March 2014Tel Aviv, Israel: Inhaling whole-plant cannabis provides symptomatic relief in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), according to observational trial data published in the March/April edition of the journal Clinical Neuropharmacology. Parkinson's is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system that results in tremor, slowed movement, and muscle rigidity.Investigators at Tel Aviv University, Department of Neurology evaluated Parkinson's disease symptoms in 22 patients at baseline and 30-minutes after inhaling cannabis.Researchers reported that inhaled cannabis was associated with "significant improvement after treatment in tremor, rigidity, and bradykinsea (slowness of movement). There was also significant improvement of sleep and pain scores. No significant adverse effects of the drug were observed."They concluded: "[T]his observational study is the first to report an amelioration of both motor and non-motor symptoms in patients with PD treated with cannabis. The study opens new venues for treatment strategies in PD especially in patients refractory to current medications."Israel has formally allowed for the licensed production and distribution of the substance for therapeutic purposes since 2011.For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, "Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) Treatment for Motor and Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson Disease: An Open-Label Observational Study," appears in Clinical Neuropharmacology.

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Perhaps something to do with anxiety?  Aren't anti-anxiety drugs sometimes prescribed for many of these PD symptoms?

 

My own personal experiments with marijuana seem to duplicate the study results - especially sleep and pain - although I would not say my results were a "significant improvement". I tend to get similar minor relief from drinking alcohol. I would prefer the pot, but sadly, marijuana use is illegal in my home state.

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I think that has something to do with it. Also it acts as a depressant in "normal" pwoplw, but it may act different in PD patients.

Even though it is the number 5 canabinoid, it may be one other canabinoid that is helping.

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I am 75, 5 years with PD, tremor right hand and arm.  I have a prescription for medical marijuana and have tried the lozenge form, 30% THC, and am about to try a tincture which is approx. 5% THC, for stiffness and joint discomfort.  Does anyone know of relevant data?  any references would be appreciated.  maybe send me an email note?  thanks.

Michael Mery

mmery3a@gmail.com

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BeBelow I have listed some sites that have some info about THE for use in PD, pain, and a page that lists "all" the medical issues that Marijuana and/or THC may help.

Once again, take what you read on the Internet as you wish. Always look to see the source of information. An example of this was an article I saw about "A Whale Watching on the Great Lakes!"

So, I tried to get some more reliable sources

Here they are:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/mds.20111/abstract;jsessionid=6EDD2B2FAD7749FE1C09B5203DB6DA67.f02t03?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false

 

http://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/mds/39933

 

http://www.hightimes.com/read/smoking-marijuana-can-relieve-parkinson%E2%80%99s-disease-symptoms

 

http://www.medicalmarijuana.net/uses-and-treatments/chronic-pain/

 

http://www.m.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20100830/marijuana-relieves-chronic-pain-research-show

 

http://www.arthritistoday.org/arthritis-treatment/natural-and-alternative-treatments/remedies-and-therapies/medical-marijuana.php

 

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2010/08August/Pages/cannabis-and-chronic-nerve-pain.aspx

 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/07/health/gallery/uses-for-medical-marijuana/

 

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-changed-mind-marijuana/

 

http://medicalmarijuana.com/treatments-with-medical-marijuana-cannabis

 

As I say, read with common sense and be smart about what information makes sense to you. I have read these articles and there is some good information.

Hope this helps, and like I said before, I am not going to give my own personal opinions.

Thank you.

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Thanks for this info. Sounds good & I hope to follow thru (cautiously) as I do need some PD relief (sleep, tremor, joint pain, etc.). It's legal here for medical use. But I would caution everyone trying this to start very low & slow as you can get a very bad trip from today's supercharged stuff! I tried it only once in recent years, using only a very tiny piece broken off a single-serve edible, along with another person, but both found ourselves on a long bad trip. Not fun or funny at all. Remember: we are all so different in every way, symptoms, size, tolerance, and response to any drug, prescription or not.

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