Medical Marijuana For Parkinson's Patients In Missouri
What Is Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder that damages and, eventually, kills brain cells. The disease affects neurons that produce dopamine and control movement.
Thus, people suffering from Parkinson’s disease often struggle with impaired coordination, muscle cramps, and tremor.
People have been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for hundreds of years. It’s estimated that 1 million individuals in the United States are living with Parkinson's, 35,000 of which live in the State of Ohio. experiencing this illness, but it is the most common among older people.
Fortunately, medical cannabis is now available in Missouri for everyone who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Although there is no quick fix for this condition, the important thing is that medical marijuana can offer a more complex relief to its symptoms
What Causes These Symptoms?
As neurons die, the level of dopamine in the brain goes down, affecting the movement. Given this, people who suffer from the disease may appear to have an abnormally stiff way of walking, as Parkinson’s disease can cause freezing of parts of the body.
Primarily, Alzheimer’s affects people who are over their fifties because, usually, there are no noticeable symptoms of the disease until that age.
Along with the so-called freezing or tremors, Parkinson’s disease may also cause swallowing difficulties, muscle pain, blinking, drooling, or even constipation. A number of patients also report low blood pressure, stiff muscles, slowed or monotone speech, and stooped posture.
Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease yet, we do have some medications used in conventional treatments that increase the dopamine level in the brain.
However, as each over-the-counter medication masks one or two symptoms at max, people are prescribed something we can refer to as a pharmaceutical cocktail.
Such a combination of drugs may involve a number of side effects, namely nausea, vomiting, confusion, hallucinations, low blood pressure, and uncontrolled movements.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help With Parkinson’s Disease
As we mentioned before, many drugs prescribed for the disease are accompanied by some significant, negative side effects over time. These adverse side effects, on the contrary, are not present in medical cannabis treatment which offers a combination of pain relieving, antioxidative and anti-anxiety qualities all in one.
Many medical marijuana patients report consuming cannabis calms tremors very effectively, and studies suggest that marijuana can actually help with Parkinson’s Disease.
In 2014, researchers from Tel Aviv University decided to conduct a study with 22 patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. The study showed that 30 minutes after smoking cannabis, patients improved significantly in their motor skills.
Additionally, marijuana appeared to ease such symptoms as slow movement, tremors, and rigidity. Patients also reported significant progress in pain relief and sleep improvement.
Another study conducted by Spanish scientists in 2011 aimed to determine whether or not THC improves motor abilities among rats and mice affected with a motor disease. The researchers found out that THC has a promising pharmacological profile for ameliorating Parkinsonian symptoms.
More importantly, thanks to neuroprotective properties of both THC and CBD, marijuana may protect neurons from damage and help them rejuvenate, which means that the plant can be helpful for slowing the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.
As the studies confirmed, cannabis reduces oxidative stress in brain cells, and therefore, it helps to protect brain cells against neurodegenerative damage and death.
3 Easy Steps
Get approved to legally obtain, consume, transport and possess medical marijuana from a licensed Missouri marijuana dispensary.
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Is Medical Marijuana Right For You?
Everyone is different. Medical Marijuana has the potential to provide significant relief for some people, and not as much for others. With medical marijuana now legal in Missouri, the choice is up to you! If you're interested in trying medical marijuana, but you don't want to get the "high" feeling often associated with the plant, don't worry! There are new medical marijuana products that isolate the plant's therapeutic compounds while eliminating much of the THC that is responsible for the "high".
You should definitely consult with a health professional if you’re interested in finding out more about how medical marijuana can help relieve your MS symptoms. Give us a call or send us a message if you’d like to know more about your options.
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Missouri Marijuana Card has doctor offices throughout the State of Missouri that specialize in helping qualifying patients access medical marijuana. If you’re interested in discussing whether medical marijuana is right for you, we're here to help you every step of the way. Give us a call, or schedule an appointment online for more information. You can also check out our frequently asked questions page.