Parkinson’s Disease (PD) ravages the body by limiting movement and control of muscles, causing violent tremors, and eventually damage to the brain. In PD, neuron cells located in the basal ganglia become damaged or die off.
These cells can no longer produce dopamine which is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for regulating movement and norepinephrine which controls blood pressure and heart rate. The lack of these neurotransmitters results in impaired movement, fatigue, dizziness, and loss of balance. Cannabis has shown to treat PD symptoms and improve quality of life.
Cannabis Alleviates Motor Symptoms in PD Patients
In patients with PD, the basal ganglia in the brain has a high-volume of CB1 cannabinoid receptors. Research suggests that cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant inhibit the activation of these receptors to alleviate movement disorders.
A study performed at Tel Aviv University found that cannabis showed drastic improvements in motor functions. Cannabis also improved symptoms that diminished quality of life like sleep disturbances. Tremors, rigidity, and slowness of movement were all improved immediately after smoking cannabis.
Cannabis Alleviates Non-Motor Symptoms in PD Patients
A study published in Clinical Neuropharmacology showed that cannabis improved both motor and non-motor symptoms that plague PD patients. Cannabis can aid in a variety ways including with:
THC and CBD Prevent Progression of PD Symptoms
Cannabis has been found to have neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties that prevent further neural damage. Neural damage reduces the production of dopamine which can exacerbate the movement problems associated with PD. Protecting neurons can prevent PD from destroying the body.
A study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry found that THC in cannabis protected cells from a toxic molecule (MPP+) that killed off neuron cells in people with Parkinson’s. The toxic agent reduced mitochondrial DNA replication, and THC reversed these effects. Mitochondria provides energy to our cells. If left without energy cell deaths could lead to brain damage.
CBD, on the other hand, has shown that it can help with this process by supporting the health of mitochondria in neural cells. Additionally these cannabinoids also help with clearing neurotoxin buildup which contributes to the disease.
Organic Cannabis Provides Safe and Effective Relief
Keep in mind, all cannabis is not created equal. Cannabis growers that use pesticides can put people at risk. Certain pesticides have been linked to the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and even Parkinson’s.
Coupled with a genetic propensity for the disease, environmental factors like pesticides can worsen symptoms. Green Door West offers organic, pesticide-free, vegan cannabis products that can provide alternative and safe relief delivered to your door. Check out their extensive menu.