Medicinal cannabis relieves pain and tremors in Parkinson’s patients

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  • Clinical study studied the effect of cannabis on motor skills and pain in patients with Parkinson’s disease

An open clinical study determined that cannabis relieved pain and improved motor ability in 20 patients with Parkinson’s disease.

This was the conclusion reached by the scientists of the Radin Medical Center and the Sackler School of Medicine of the University of Tel Aviv, Israel, after evaluating the symptoms before and 30 minutes after the cannabis inhalation, in a long term.

To measure pain, the researchers used the Pain Classification Index (PRI) and motor function through the Unified Scale for Parkinson’s Disease (UPDRS), with a visual analogue scale (VAS).

“There was a significant improvement in motor activities 30 minutes after consuming cannabis,” the research notes.

On average, the pain decreased significantly, but differences were identified between those who smoked and those who did using vaporizations.

“The average cold pain threshold decreased significantly in the most affected limb, but only after the exclusion of two patients who used cannabis with vaporizer instead of smoking,” the study notes.

The study reinforces a survey conducted by researchers with 47 patients who had participated with a mean age of 64 years.

Both conclusions had determined that the symptoms of Parkinson’s in the initial stages of treatment do not cause side effects.

Now, this new clinical study that has already been published in the medical journal “European Pain Federation” supports the previous conclusions.

“Cannabis improves motor scores and pain symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Both, together with a dissociative effect on the thresholds of pain due to heat and cold. The peripheral and central routes are probably modulated by cannabis. “

This information could benefit this population that is growing in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Parkinson’s affects 1 in 100 people over 100 years.

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