Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder just after Alzheimer’s Disease, age related. There are between 7- 10 million people with PD. Every year there are around 6600 Canadians diagnosed with PD and about 100,000 Canadians living with the disease..
It looks like cannabinoids can be the helpful treatment eventhough there’s no cure.
There is one study titled “promising cannabinoid- based therapies for Parkinson’s Disease: motor systems to neuroprotection”, have discovered that marijuana helps relieve Parkinson’s Disease symptoms because cannabinoids modulate CB receptors and protect dopaminergic neurons.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disorder of the nervous system that has motor and non-motor systems. Normally this starts with hands shaking in which they can get worse and more difficult tobcontrolbtheir movements. Their other symptoms include emotional and sensory problems as well as sleep disorders.
Normally Parkinson’s effect people over 60, but can be diagnosed before the age of 50 which is known as young-set Parkinson’s Disease. This affects more men than women. There’s it much we know about Parkinson’s, but what we know so far is that the PD patients brains does not produce enough dopamine.
Parkinson’s is partially genetic with as many as 15% of the patients related to Parkinson’s. Research has found that head injuries such as concussions has also been linked to developing the disease. There a no cure but there are therapies that can reduce the symptoms and improve the quality of life.
Normal treatments includes medications that does have side effects and over time loses effectiveness. In more severe cases a surgery can be done by placing microelectrodes to stimulate the brain that can reduce symptoms affecting a patients motor skills.
Using medical cannabis for Parkinson’s Disease looks promising
339 Parkinson’s patients attending Prague movement disorder center took a questionnaire about the improvement in their motor symptoms back in 2004.
Those who had used marijuana, 45.9% said they noticed improvement in their symptoms. About 30% of patients using cannabis said they noticed fewer tremors and 44.7% noticed an improvement in their slowness of movement. In one study in Tel Aviv university in Israel, 47 PD patients were observed. Over a period of a few months, 82% of the participants who used medical cannabis reported improvements in their systems such as tremor and stiffness.there was also an improvement in non-motor symptoms such as pain, mood, and sleep.
Indica or sativa for Parkinson’s Disease
Sativa is like having a cup of coffee, indica is like having a cup of herbal tea.sativa is one of several types of cannabis plants that is recommended for daytime use because if it’s energizing purposes. Indica is more potent than sativa that is used amongst people with sleeping problems.
10 best strains for Parkinson’s Disease
Finding the perfect strain for your needs cam be difficult. Certain strains can have different effect on people. Here are some strains that can help:
This strain is named after the famous rock star, which is perfect for PD patients since it does not induce sleepiness. It helps reduce pain and stress. PD patients benefit from this strain which helps with muscle spasms and tremors.
Perfect for using during the day. This indica strain does not make you sleepy. This strain is great for PD patients who wants to avoid intense psychoactive effects in which Harmony has a slightly decreased THC profile. This balance may block the protein production associated with nerve cell damage in PD.
This strain stimulates and all the our whole system. TrainWreck is high on the THC but the calmingveffects helps gets rid of tremors.
This strain is the first to be recommended to PD patients for its high CBD levels. With just a few hits of the Critical Cheese, it would give a fast uplifting effect.
Known for its qualities of calming. This strain is very potent which it relaxes, reduces stress and relieves pain that increases the dopamine levels associated with PD.
Amnesis Haze is a sativa recommended for daytime use for its boost of energy. It helps fight depression, fatithe and pain.
Hashberry has not to work in severe pain, but is effective in low to moderate pain. This strain is best used inn the afternoon and evening. This strain is great for insomnia , depression, anxiety and stress.
Blue diesel is long-lasting that contains high levels of CBD that is perfect for Parkinson’s.
This potent strain is recommended for use after work. More experienced users feel energized while beginners report feeling sleepy.its been used for different conditions like insomnia and depresalon, including PD.
Very high in THC (up to 21%) plus low in CBD, which is perfect for stress, anxiety and pain. This strain is recommended for night time use for its deep relaxing use and a good night’s sleep.