Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the natural occurring chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant has hundreds of cannabinoids, but CBD is the one that has gained popularity in the past few years. CBD does not have the psychoactive effects of THC which is the other commonly talked about chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Because of this lack of psychoactive effects, CBD does not produce a high yet still possesses several benefits.
Research has found that CBD may help with anxiety, reduce pain, and offer anti-inflammatory benefits. There are also several brain and nervous system benefits to CBD according to recent developments in science. This is great news for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease because Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the brain’s dopamine-producing neurons. It has been found that CBD boost dopamine levels and therefore could help patients whose dopamine producing receptors have been damaged.
Though research into the benefits of CBD on Parkinson’s Disease only began a few decades ago and the research is limited some results suggest that CBD may have positive effects on symptoms of Parkinson’s. Most of these positive effects have to do with the nonmotor symptoms such as the depression and sleep disorders that people with Parkinson’s Disease experience.
Animal studies have suggested that CBD can reduce pain and inflammation and therefore may benefit patients with Parkinson’s Disease as well. One of the main symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease is rigid muscles and the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may help with this.
Sleep quality reduction and lack of sleep are other symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Patients often experience vivid nightmares and movement during sleep as well. CBD has been found to help with other sleep disorders, so it may help patients with Parkinson’s Disease as well.
CBD dosing is different for each patient and therefore a lot of trial and error is necessary to figure out if CBD works for each individual and, if so, how much is needed. Many studies are still in their infancy and have not produced long-term findings. However, so far, results have shown that CBD has a promising future for people with Parkinson’s Disease.