Medical marijuana is a powerful treatment for a broad range of conditions, including Parkinson’s Disease. As of May 2018, medical marijuana is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use. Additionally, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the substance for treating specific conditions including Parkinson’s Disease.
Medical Marijuana 101
Medical marijuana, also known as cannabis, contains over 100 different compounds that are known as cannabinoids. The most well-known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and it is known for producing the feeling of happiness and amusement associated with marijuana. Another well-known cannabinoid is cannabidiol (CBD), which doesn’t have any consciousness-altering effects and is now being used to help treat a number of ailments and diseases.
How Could Cannabinoids Help Treat Parkinson’s Disease?
Pre-clinical work and studies are already being completed to research the positive effects of medical marijuana on treating Parkinson’s Disease. Cannabinoids might protect brain cells through anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Some studies are evaluating if marijuana can ease some of the motor and non-motor symptoms, as well as levodopa-induced dyskinesia. So far, the trials are showing positive but mixed results. One trial using CBD capsules found that two doses improved quality of life for Parkinson’s patients.
What Should You Know About Cannabis for Parkinson’s Disease?
Always speak with your doctor about the benefits and risks to utilizing cannabis to treat your disease, just like you would with any other substance or treatment. In low doses, cannabinoids have great success rates and limited side effects. By working with Baltimore Progressive Compassionate Care, you can ensure that you receive all of the benefits of cannabinoids without experiencing some of the potential negative side effects. Working with a skilled doctor like Dr. Weng is also important to identify any potential drug interactions with over-the-counter or prescription medications you are also taking for your Parkinson’s Disease. It’s our mission to empower you with the tools and education you need to make decisions about the most effective treatments for your Parkinson’s Disease.
Learn More About the Benefits of Cannabis for Treating Parkinson’s Disease from Dr. Weng
Baltimore Progressive Compassionate Care is a medical office dedicated to providing patients with expert, comprehensive care. We offer our patients concierge medical services, wellness supplements and consultation, in addition to medical marijuana for eligible individuals. Experience an improved quality of life with Dr. Weng and Baltimore Progressive Compassionate Care.