Parkinson’s Disease and CBD
Following a bombshell clinical Trial held in Brazil, CBD or Cannabidiol was shown to have decreased “tremor amplitude” in sufferers of Parkinson’s Disease. “Decreased tremor amplitude” is a fancy way of saying that the severity of Parkinson’s tremors were reduced or lessened. Not only did it find this important fact but the clinical trial also revealed that “CBD administration at a dose of 300mg decreased anxiety in patients with PD” (Parkinson’s Disease)
Parkinson’s Disease affects more than 12,400 people in Scotland with approximately 30 people being diagnosed on a weekly basis. With an aging population, the number of people suffering from PD is estimated to rise by 20% in only 10 years. In the whole of the UK, the numbers are rather staggering. Every hour 2 people in the UK are told they have Parkinson’s Disease with an estimated 145,000 sufferers nationwide. With this many PD sufferers across the UK, how many of these people could be living with a better quality of life with the help of CBD? We think lots.
The clinical study also proved by way of a Public speaking test that anxiety was decreased.
With Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and social anxiety becoming more prevalent and diagnosable over the last few years, CBD should be used or at the very least considered for use in place of current NHS prescribed medications as I’ll explain below.
Let’s have a quick look at currently prescribed drugs for anxiety from the NHS :
- Escitalopram – Common side effects: diarrhea, drowsiness, ejaculatory disorder, headache, insomnia, nausea, and delayed ejaculation. Other side effects include anorgasmia, constipation, dizziness, dyspepsia, fatigue, decreased libido, diaphoresis, and xerostomia.
- Paroxetine – Common side effects include changes in vision, drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, sweating, shakiness, anxiety, sleep problems, appetite problems and decreased sex drive.
- Sertraline – Common side effects: drowsiness or tiredness, insomnia or agitation, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, sweating, tremors or shaking, sleep problems (insomnia); or decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.
With Anxiety on the rise in young persons especially, surely we desperately require safer medications for these individuals. It’s no secret that the Hope CBD team is against the above medications and their laundry list of debilitating side effects. Isn’t it time that we offer a safe alternative to these drugs or are we just going to kick the can down the road, meanwhile people’s suffering compounds and gets worse.
Share this with someone who suffers from either Parkinsons or crippling anxiety and you may just change their life.