Cannabis Helps Majority Of Parkinson’s Sufferers

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More than half of Parkinson’s disease patients who use cannabis experience noticeable clinical benefits, according to a new study in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease[i]. Given that neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s are so notoriously difficult to treat, and that a large proportion of patients don’t respond to conventional therapies and medications, the prospect of using cannabis to alleviate symptoms is something that many will welcome. Related Post Parkinson’s Patients Showing Long-Term Improvements When Using medical Cannabis Cannabis Reduces Symptoms In Most Patients The new study was conducted by researchers from the University of Hamburg in Germany, and sought to determine the efficacy of cannabis as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, while also assessing the level of knowledge among Parkinson’s patients regarding cannabis. In Germany, cannabis products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have been available since 2017 for people who suffer from certain debilitating conditions but have failed to respond to other treatments. Cannabidiol (CBD), meanwhile, is available over the counter. In a statement, study author Professor Carsten Buhmann explained that “[Parkinson’s] patients fulfilling these criteria are entitled to be prescribed medical cannabis, but there are few data about which type of cannabinoid and which route of administration might be promising for which patient and which symptoms.” Buhmann and colleagues therefore sent out questionnaires to members of the German Parkinson Association (Deutsche Parkinson Vereinigung), asking participants about their experiences with medical cannabis. A total of 1,348 people responded, 8.4 percent of whom said that they had used cannabis to treat their condition. Overall, 54 percent of those who use oral CBD products said that they experienced a reduction in symptoms, while 68 percent of people who inhaled THC-containing cannabis reported an improvement. Around 40 percent of respondents revealed that medical cannabis had helped to alleviate symptoms such as pain and muscle cramps,…

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