Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease medical cannabis treatment

There are over 153,000 people in the UK currently living with Parkinson's, and the effects its symptoms can have on daily life are enormous. While there is still no cure for Parkinson’s disease, increasing numbers of patients who have been unable to manage their symptoms with licensed, conventional options are now turning to cannabis-based treatments. While these options aren’t suitable for everyone, according to self-reported patient surveys, cannabis-based Parkinson’s treatments can benefit sleep, pain, tremors, and low mood, and may also improve overall quality of life scores.

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1 in 37

People are estimated to be affected by Parkinson's disease. Every 2 hours someone in the UK is diagnosed with it.

26%

Of patients who responded to a Parkinson’s UK survey revealed they have used cannabis-based treatments to relieve their symptoms.

60%

Of those who have not tried cannabis-based Parkinson’s treatments said they would consider these options, says Parkinson’s UK data.

4%

Of patients are diagnosed before the age of 50, and men are 1.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s than women, says Parkinson’s Foundation.

“Having a medical cannabis card makes me feel better - and that counts“

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October 2023

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12. 07. 2023

How cannabis may help ease Parkinson’s disease

Every single hour, two people in the UK are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), the world’s fastest growing neurological condition that currently has no cure. With an estimated 8.5 million people facing this incurable diagnosis across the world, increasing numbers of Parkinson’s patients are turning to medicinal cannabis to help potentially manage tremors and rigidity, relieve the symptoms of anxiety that can go hand in hand with the diagnosis, and improve their sleep quality.

14. 07. 2023

A comprehensive guide to cannabidiol and neurological disorders

Neurological disorders. Varied, potentially devastating, and hard to group into one easy-to-digest category. They are essentially diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system conditions and include epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, ALS, Bell's palsy, and a huge range of separate neuromuscular disorders. 

Symptoms

Slowness of movement

Rigidity or stiffness

Tremors

Sleep problems

Pain

Mild memory or cognitive issues

Speech issues

Mental health concerns

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

Unfortunately there is no cure for Parkinson’s, but its symptoms can be treated using a number of different drugs and medications, as well as therapies like speech and language therapy, or in extreme cases, surgery, such as deep brain stimulation.

Levodopa

Dopamine agonists

MAO-B inhibitors

Amantadine

COMT inhibitors

Apomorphine

Anticholinergics

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A word from our specialist

"Neurological conditions are many and varied in how they can affect us. The more recognised conditions that are treatable with medical cannabis include epilepsy, where CBD mimics the action of the many anti-epileptic drugs; and multiple sclerosis, which the NHS can prescribe Sativex for. Medical Cannabis offers greater flexibility in the delivery of cannabinoid therapy for these conditions and hope in other areas of neurology, such as in the neurodegenerative conditions and the motor disorders."
Dr David Tang

Neurological Specialist

Can medical cannabis be used to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s?

Because medical cannabis was only legalised in the UK in 2018, clinical investigation into its uses and benefits in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease are still ongoing, and although there have been promising findings, research in this area is still limited. 

Currently, patients who have been unable to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s using conventionally prescribed licensed treatments, may be considered eligible for cannabis-based Parkinson’s treatment plans with Releaf. 

This is because real life evidence such as responses in patient surveys have displayed positive findings for the use of medical cannabis in the treatment of Parkinson’s symptoms, such as pain, tremors, poor sleep and low mood. These treatments may be able to aid those who have been unable to manage these symptoms with conventionally prescribed options. 

While clinical investigations are still ongoing, it's important that medical cannabis Parkinson’s treatments are closely monitored by qualified healthcare professionals. 

At Releaf, our team of specialist doctors can adapt or adjust the concentration and  formulation of cannabis-based medicines, to best suit each individual patient, and can recommend dosing routines that won't disrupt day to day activities.

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