Patients turn to cannabis
It’s little wonder then that Parkinson’s sufferers and their families, desperate to slow down the course of the disease and ameliorate the life limiting symptoms, look towards other options. And while, to some, cannabis might seem like a medical wildcard, its use for the disease can be traced back to the 19th Century, where it was described in William Richard Gowers’s “Manual of Diseases of the Nervous System.”
Back then, very little was known about the chemical compounds in the plant.
Indeed, it’s only in the last twenty years that scientists have really begun to understand how cannabis affects the body with the discovery of the endocannabinoid system – the homeostatic regulator comprising a network of receptors (CB1 and CB2) and cannabis-like chemicals, found predominantly in the brain, central nervous and immune system.
The area of the brain affected by Parkinson’s, the basal ganglia, has a high density of CB1 receptors and in experimental Parkinson’s models scientists have observed increased CB1 activity in this brain region. Greater CB2 receptor expression has also been noted in the brain’s glial cells, as well as an overall increase in endocannabinoid production.
Researchers have already seen that botanical cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant can have a direct impact on the endocannabinoid system. It’s no surprise then that an exciting area of research into combating neurodegenerative disease is the use of cannabinoids as therapeutic tools.
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Effects of cannabidiol in the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease: an exploratory double-blind trial.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25237116
Patent No. 6630507, held by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, covers the use of cannabinoids for treating a wide range of diseases.
Under U.S. federal law, marijuana is defined as having no medical use. So it might come as a surprise to hear that the government owns one of the only patents on marijuana as a medicine.
The patent (US6630507) is titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” and was awarded to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in October 2003.
It was filed four years earlier, in 1999, by a group of scientists from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The government’s patent does not cover THC, the main ingredient in marijuana. On the other hand, cannabidiol (CBD) is specifically mentioned as an example of a cannabinoid that is covered. The patent describes CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids as superior when taken in higher doses.
“Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses.”
According to the description, CBD can be ingested in very large amounts without side effects.
“No signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers, even in large acute doses of 700mg/day.”
The patent explains that cannabidiol previously had not been considered useful as a neuroprotectant. However, it cites various studies on cannabidiol as an antiepileptic and as a potential treatment for glaucoma.
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6 Celebrities Who Endorse CBD
There are many celebrities who feel it’s important to legalize both THC and CBD as quickly as possible!
Seth believes so strongly in the benefits of cannabis for Alzheimer’s prevention that he spoke in congress about the state of Alzheimer‘s research and the public perception of people with the disease…His testimony came as part of a larger Senate hearing about the state of Alzheimer‘s research.
Whoopi is a well-known cannabinoid advocate and consumer. She’s used a vape pen for years treat her pain, stress and glaucoma. Last year, she and Maya Elisabeth started Maya & Whoopi – which sells edibles, tinctures, salves, and more.
Freeman uses both CBD and THC to treat the fibromyalgia he suffers after a serious accident in 2008 and has since been a voice of support for the benefits of the plant.
Montel has been famous for years for his acting career, but in 2016 the cannabis community won a huge victory while he was traveling through Frankfurt airport. Police found cannabinoids in his luggage, but after he proved that it was CBD prescribed as a medical use product by a licensed doctor, he was released. Williams suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and has been a proponent of legalization ever since he tried it and found relief. He has been an outspoken advocate since 1999.
After winning a fight in the notoriously brutal UFC ring, Nate Diaz conducted his post-fight interview while smoking CBD from a vape pen, live on TV. He has stated that CBD oil helps him relieve pain, heal injuries and concentrate.
Michael J. Fox
As a longtime sufferer of Parkinson’s disease, Michael J. Fox has used cannabis to counteract the effects of the chronic disease since he was diagnosed. It certainly extended his acting career for many years.
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