Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the brain that results in general movement difficulties. The symptoms of Parkinson’s usually begin slowly and gradually worsens over time. AS the disease stays longer in the system, people may start experiencing stiffness or slow movement. The disease is also linked to mental changes, insomnia, depression, and difficulties in understanding.
Parkinson’s can affect both males and females, but the disease is most rampant in men. The main cause of Parkinson’s is age. While some people start experiencing the symptoms at 60, some people may start experiencing it before they reach 50.
Parkinson’s is usually inherited but science shows that it can also be gotten through gene mutation.
Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, several over-the-counter pills may relieve its side effects. Some doctors even recommend surgery as a way to ease the symptoms.
Parkinson’s symptoms can vary from one individual to another. Most people don’t realize they have Parkinson’s during its early stages. Its symptoms usually start affecting one side of the body before affecting the other side.
Some signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s may include:
Tremor: This disease makes you tremble from the limb to your hands and fingers. It makes you continuously rub your thumb and forefinger in what is commonly called pill-rolling tremor. The tremors are still present even when you are at sleep.
Slowed movement (bradykinesia): Parkinson’s disease can slow body movement, making it hard to do easy tasks. Your steps may become shorter as you move and sometimes you find it hard to stand. As the disease progresses you may feel the inability to move.
Stiff muscles: The body begins to experience unexpected muscle stiffness at different angles. This painful activity can cause a lot of pain while struggling to move.
Inability to gain balance: It causes you to lose posture and balance.
Loss of unconscious movements: The body may also be unable to do automatic movements such as blinking, smiling, or arm movements during walks.
Changes in speech: it softens your tone and people may find difficulties listening to you. Your tone may also become blur due to a lack of power.
Writing difficulties: You may be unable to handle a pen and your handwriting becomes difficult to read.
Can Cannabis Help Parkinson’s?
The legalization of cannabis in different parts of the world is a result of growing interest in the use of cannabis. In the US Parkinson’s is the second-largest neurological disorder affecting people. Parkinson’s patients can use cannabis to alleviate symptoms of the disease.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties of marijuana may be essential in preventing neuron damage. Parkinson’s patients highly suffer from inflammation which causes major damage to brain neurons that generate dopamine. Therefore, the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis can benefit Parkinson’s patients. According to several reports, cannabis could prevent neuron damage in the brain and also stop the progression of Parkinson’s.
Cannabis can also be beneficial for Parkinson’s patients with sleeping difficulties, sleep problems, and nausea. Cannabis also reduces the movement difficulties suffered by Parkinson patients.