Could Medical Marijuana Slow Parkinson’s Disease Progression?
A new study has uncovered a very real possibility that medical marijuana may slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease that affects around one million people in the United States. Symptoms include tremors, rigid muscles, and impaired posture, balance, and speech.
Marijuana May Reduce the Effects of Reduced Dopamine
Medical marijuana is already commonly used to reduce pain and seizures similar to the effects of Parkinson’s disease. However, a recent study found that medical marijuana may do far more than still patients’ shaking and reduce their pain.
The study indicates that the endocannabinoid system within the human body plays a large role in Parkinson’s disease. The endocannabinoid system is the part of the body affected by cannabinoids found in marijuana.
The team that conducted the study thoroughly researched marijuana and found that chemical components of marijuana yield benefits for multiple symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The especially promising finding within the study is that the cannabinoid compounds in marijuana bind to dopamine receptors to minimize the effects of reduced dopamine in the brains of Parkinson’s patients.
Effects we already know about medical marijuana may produce more positive results for Parkinson’s patients.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of medical marijuana may prevent damage to neurons. Inflammation can damage specific neurons that produce dopamine.
Along with these hopeful findings, we acknowledge risks that medical marijuana use introduces. Memory loss, osteoporosis risk, and impaired blood vessel function are all possible side effects. There was also a study that found reason to believe that marijuana reduced dopamine levels, which would definitely not be beneficial for Parkinson’s patients. Both studies agree that further research is necessary to come to a conclusion.
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