Parkinson’s disease is second only to Alzheimer’s as the most common neurodegenerative condition. Affecting mostly those over 60 years old, Parkinson’s is caused by the progressive loss of nerve cells in the brain. Symptoms include tremors, slowed movement and speech problems, among others. There is no cure, although medications are available that may ease symptoms.

The cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, but a distinctive characteristic of the disease is a reduction in the amount of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is essential in regulating movement and emotional responses.

Dopamine production is stimulated by cannabis. Indeed, it’s believed this increase in dopamine is at least partially responsible for the euphoric effects associated with cannabis consumption. This has led researchers to conduct preliminary experiments to examine the relationship between cannabis, dopamine, and Parkinson’s. (See links to some of these projects below.)

Tuesday, April 11th is World Parkinson’s Day. Please join us in supporting this most worthwhile effort to raise awareness and promote understanding of this debilitating and alarmingly widespread malady.

Medical Cannabis and Parkinson’s: Research