With the growing acceptance of the benefits of CBD in the medical industry, more diseases are being tested with symptoms that may react to the beneficial effects of CBD in the hopes of finding positive results. Early success has paved the way for more studies that test the validity of using CBD as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the central nervous system in the region of the brain that controls movement and can seriously affect a person’s quality of life.

Common symptoms of the disease include tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement, and postural instability. While there is no cure for PD, several treatments are available to manage the symptoms of the disease.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD has gained popularity in recent years for its potential therapeutic benefits. These benefits include the ability to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and ease anxiety. Using CBD has also shown promise in treating neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s disease.

CBD May Help Symptoms of PD

Research on the effects of CBD on Parkinson’s disease is still in the early stages, but the available evidence suggests CBD may be effective for some of the well-known symptoms of PD. Here are some known benefits of using CBD in treating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

  • Reducing tremors. One of the most well-known symptoms of PD is tremors, which are involuntary shaking of the limbs. CBD has been shown to reduce tremors in both animal models of PD and in limited human studies. A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that CBD reduced tremors in people with PD by 30%.
  • Improving sleep. Sleep disturbances are common in people with PD and can significantly impact their quality of life. CBD has been shown to improve the quality of sleep in people with PD. CBD also improved sleep in people with PD experiencing REM sleep behavior disorder.
  • Reducing anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression are common among people with PD. CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety in people with Parkinson’s disease by 40%. When anxiety and depression are reduced, people take better care of themselves and improve their quality of life.
  • Reducing inflammation. Inflammation of the brain is thought to contribute to the development and progression of PD. CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects that may benefit people with PD. A study published in the Journal of Neurochemistry found that CBD reduced inflammation and oxidative stress in animal models of PD.
  • Protecting Neurons. As Parkinson’s disease progresses, it kills dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. CBD has been shown to slow the progression of the disease by protecting neurons from damage. A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research found that CBD protected neurons from damage caused by toxins in animal models of PD.

Moving Forward

Recently, the FDA in the US approved the use of a CBD-based drug as a treatment for a rare seizure disorder. This underlines the growing acceptance of the medical value of both CBD and THC as being worthy of extended research. The medical community needs to have a thorough understanding of both the potential benefits and the risks before moving forward.

There still needs to be a solution with locating a consistent enough source of CBD to replicate and trust the results of the many tests required for medical approval. Researchers still need to gain a clearer understanding of the function that CBD has on Parkinson’s disease and the brain.

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If you, or someone you love, has Parkinson’s disease, come to our KANA Wellness Clinic. We have traditional Thai medicine (TTM) and advanced traditional Thai medicine (ATTM) doctors to examine and consult with you or your loved one. We can advise you of the correct strength and dosage of our high-quality, lab-tested CBD oil. CBD can also interact with other medications, so it’s important to consult with a healthcare provider before using CBD to treat PD.

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