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Parkinson's disease overview:

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the brain. It is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disease that affects aging individuals.

It is characterized by abnormal movement, slowness, muscle rigidity, and involuntary shaking when sitting or standing still (tremors). It destroys dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain. 

Dopamine is responsible for controlling cognitive processes in the brain particularly those that deal with executive functions such as planning and attaining goals. It also controls the body movement. Damage to these nerve cells can result in poor coordination and muscle tremors. 

People who have a family history of Parkinson’s disease are more likely to develop early-onset Parkinson’s. Exposure to environmental toxins can also increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease. 

According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, about 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year. Currently, it affects more than 10 million people worldwide. It typically affects men more than women. 

The disease is progressive. Over time, it affects a person’s ability to move around and conduct daily tasks independently. Depending on how the disease is managed it can severely affect a person’s quality of life.

As Parkinson’s disease progresses, some of these complications can affect other physical functions in the body, such as swallowing, bladder control, and digestion. 

It can also cause serious health problems such as dementia and paralysis and other secondary problems like dehydration and malnutrition that can lead to death.

What triggers Parkinson's disease symptoms: the cannabis perspective

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Why cannabis helps for Parkinson's disease:

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How cannabis works for Parkinson's disease:

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Cannabis composition:

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How to use cannabis for Parkinson's disease:

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Cannabis dose for Parkinson's disease:

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Factors affecting cannabis quality and dose: 

The dosage of cannabis might differ drastically from person to person, depending on the individual’s condition status, sex, weight, and age.

Several factors can impact the plant’s potency and alter its effects on the body. These factors affect the dosage each person can take. They include:

- The type of cannabis plant

- The quality of the plant

- How cannabis was used i.e., whether it was smoked or ingested

- How the plant was processed

Therefore, defining the exact dosage remains challenging. It will be subject to disparity until a specific product is defined, tested properly, and officially approved by the government.

Published July 21, 2020 

Cannabis benefits:

Cannabis has been used for medical purposes for thousands of years and is beneficial for treating many health conditions. Scientists are conducting a lot of research to back up the benefits of the medical use of cannabis.

Besides Parkinson, it can treat conditions like Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, cachexia, epilepsy, and glaucoma. It is also beneficial for cancer patients, especially because it eases the side effects of chemotherapy.  

Moreover, cannabis provides anxiety, depression, and insomnia relief because this plant helps people sleep well. It can also help someone overcome chronic pain, severe nausea, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Many studies exist to support these claims. However, this is still a very debatable topic at the moment because more research is still required to better reinforce these theories and understand cannabis’s mechanism of action.

Published July 21, 2020

Cannabis for Parkinson's disease: precautions

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Cannabis for Parkinson's disease: side effects

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