Study: Inhaled Cannabis Reduces Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Article by Emily Gray Brosious, Extract

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Patients suffering from symptoms of Parkinson’s disease experience reduced pain and improved motor function after inhaling cannabis, according to newclinical research from scientists at Tel Aviv University and the Rabin Medical Center in Israel.

The small clinical study of 20 Parkinson’s patients was published online Monday, Oct. 10, ahead of print in the “European Journal of Pain.” Findings show Parkinson’s patients who smoked cannabis saw significant symptomatic improvements within 30 minutes of inhaling the cannabis smoke.

To assess what effects cannabis inhalation might have on symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, researchers evaluated Parkinson’s patients who were licensed to use cannabis before and 30 minutes after consuming cannabis, and then evaluated patients once again after long-term use of the drug.

From baseline to 30 minutes after consuming cannabis, researchers found clinically significant improvements in patient motor scores and pain thresholds. And after long-term exposure (14 weeks on average), mean pain threshold “decreased significantly in the more affected limb.”

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