CBD and Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) affects up to 1 million people in the U.S.
Doctors diagnose as many as 60,000 new cases each year. Parkinson’s strikes 50 percent more men than women. The average age of onset
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder and its symptoms generally develop slowly over years. PD affects predominately dopamine-producing (dopaminergic) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra. Dopamine is a chemical that facilitates smooth movement of muscles. When a person suffers from Parkinson’s, the brain cells that produce dopamine deteriorate and shut down due to unknown reasons. Symptoms generally develop slowly over years. The progression of symptoms often varies from one person to another, due to the diversity of the disease. Common movement-related (motor) symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremor, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), limb rigidity, muscle spasms, and gait/balance Issues. Non-motor symptoms may include apathy, depression, constipation, sleep behavior disorders, loss of sense of smell, and cognitive impairment (e.g., memory loss, dementia).
How CBD Works To Relieve Symptoms of Parkinson Disease
CBD has neuroprotective properties that make it a potentially effective therapeutic aid for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s.
CBD is an all natural supplement that works through the body’s own Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to help relieve many symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Our bodies actually have special receptors that react to the presence of cannabinoids. The body also produces its own cannabinoid compounds that it uses to reduce pain and maintain general well-being. The ECS is the messenger system in the body. The system regulates many functions and it is implicit in the settlement of pain. These special receptors are present in the pain circuits of the sensory nerve to the brain. It has been seen that when Parkinson’s disease patients use CBD as a therapeutic aid, they show improvements in sleep habits, pain, bradykinesia, tremors, rigidity of limbs, and motor impairments. Because CBD is anxiolytic, it may also enable improved mood and sleep patterns while decreasing psychosis. CBD is an all natural extract. With no THC to create any psychoactive effect, CBD might be a safer
alternative to prescription medication. It is important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement program. CBD does not build up in your system and cannot be overdosed.
Research studies have used doses from 15mg to as high as 600mg. Typical CBD supplements provide 20mg to 25mg. When taking CBD for Parkinson’s disease, dosing can vary widely depending on the degree of symptoms and if you are presently using prescribed medications. It is important to add the supplement slowly into your system, in order to identify the “sweet spot” dosage that provides the best relief for you.
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It is important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any supplement program. Most prescribed medications cannot and should not be stopped all at once.
It has been suggested to start with a dose of 10mg to 15mg of CBD twice a day. After a few days, you may want to reduce prescribed meds incrementally while increasing your CBD dosage the following day. Steps of 10mg are suggested to help monitor changes. Monitor your symptoms; be aware of how you feel. Don’t hurry the process. Wait 2 to 3 days between changes. This will allow you to determine the dosing that your body requires to meet your goals, while documenting how your medications interact.
Medical Disclaimer: The content of this post is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.