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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease, meaning that over time, progressive degeneration (deteriorating) of the nervous system leads to various movement disorders or difficulties. Hallmark signs of Parkinson’s Disease are tremors or rigidity (stiffness). Symptoms typically start gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Over time, patients may lose expression in their face, their arms may not swing as they walk, and their speech may become slurred or soft. These symptoms may worsen over time, and will likely result in difficulties performing activities of daily living (ADL). In the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, your face may show little or no expression. Your arms may not swing when you walk. Your speech may become soft or slurred. Parkinson’s disease symptoms worsen as your condition progresses over time.

Unfortunately, Parkinson’s disease has no cure. Doctors can prescribe medications to improve symptoms or slow the progression of the disease. Preliminary research is beginning to understand the role that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) may play in the management of symptoms in Parkinson’s disease. CBD may improve motor symptoms of Parkinson’s such as tremors or rigidity, and may also provide some neuroprotective effects as well that may slow the progression of disease.

Research articles:

Promising cannabinoid-based therapies for Parkinson’s disease: motor symptoms to neuroprotection

Effects of cannabidiol in the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease: An exploratory double-blind trial

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