Parkinson’s Disease: Causes and Treatment

According to the US Department of Health and Human Sciences, Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease in which neurons in a specific area of the brain get affected and progressively die out.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines Parkinson’s as the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disease in the United States, the first being Alzheimer’s.

Every year, about half a million patients in the US are diagnosed with this disease. The figure is expected to rise up to 1 million by the year 2020.

Let’s have a look at what causes Parkinson’s and how it can be cured.

Causes:

The nerve cells in the brain, also known as neurons, produce an important chemical which goes by the name of dopamine. With age, these neurons degenerate or die out, and the brain produces less dopamine. When dopamine levels decrease, people with Parkinson’s find it difficult to walk.

sick senior man lying on bed

When the disease enters its advanced stages, nerve cells that secrete norepinephrine also die out. This affects the patient’s heart rate and blood pressure, aggravating the disease.

Common symptoms of Parkinson’s are:

  • Restricted or slow movement
  • Tremors in the hands and feet
  • Difficulty maintaining body balance, leading to falling over and stumbling
  • Rigidity in the limbs
  • Depression
  • Disruption of sleep patterns

Treatment

According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, the ideal treatment for Parkinson’s varies in accordance with a patient’s condition and individual symptoms. The most common treatments available are either therapies or medications which induce the production of dopamine in the body.

However, in order to get some relief from the symptoms, the Parkinson’s Foundation also sheds some light on the importance of medical marijuana.

According to research carried out by the Parkinson’s Foundation, cannabis is neuroprotective in nature, which means it can help ease tremors to a certain extent. The human body contains CBD1 and CBD2 receptors, which interact with the cannabinoids present in medical marijuana. The same research also states that patients who suffer from Parkinson’s have lesser quantities of CBD1 compared to those who don’t suffer from Parkinson’s.

By externally delivering medical marijuana into the body, the number of CBD1 receptors in the body can be boosted. This is said to provide some relief for the symptoms of tremor.

Further studies also show that cannabinoids have ‘symptomatic potential,’ which may help improve movement issues as well.

However, medical marijuana should only be administered for Parkinson’s if your doctor prescribes it.

If you’re looking for a medical marijuana clinic in Aventura FL, get in touch with Midori Med. Our expert medical marijuana doctors will first carry out an in-depth examination of your condition, followed by a verification process of your medical documents. We will then help you obtain a state certificate which will allow you to purchase medical marijuana from any licensed dispensary.

To get in touch, contact us online. You can also give us a call at 754-777-8283.

2019-03-26T04:32:52-04:00