Parkinson’s Disease Qualifies for Treatment With Medical Marijuana in Louisiana
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson's disease is a nervous system disorder that causes tremors, muscle stiffness and slow movement. Unfortunately, the condition will worsen over time and there is currently no cure for it.
Treatment plans usually revolve around reducing symptoms such as tremors, stiff muscles & impaired balance in addition to preventing complications like depression, eating disorders and difficulty thinking.
Parkinson’s disease is approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Louisiana.
What are the Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson's disease is a neurological condition that damages and eventually kills brain cells.
The damage done to neurotransmitters can severely affect the transmission of important compounds such as dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and serotonin, causing an array of symptoms including impaired coordination for movement, muscle cramping or twitching in response to emotional cues like stress, difficulty with emotions or thoughts, depression, and anxiety.
When neurons in the brain die because of Parkinson's disease, these cells cannot transmit appropriate signals throughout our bodies, and it causes wide-ranging changes to brain patterns.
Those who suffer from Parkinson’s may appear to have a faceless expression with stiff arms or legs when walking, or they may have an abnormal gait that makes them shuffle instead of stride.
This may be attributed to a severe lack of dopamine or a reduced ability for other neurotransmitters to communicate, but scientists are still unsure how the disease starts or progresses.
Parkinson’s disease often causes tremors, however patients also report a variety of symptoms like difficulty swallowing, muscle pain, excessive blinking, drooling, and even chronic constipation.
Patients also report low blood pressure, stiff muscles, and slowed or monotone speech.
How is Parkinson’s Disease Treated?
Parkinson’s will get worse with time, and treatment plans typically focus on improving quality of life and reducing tremors while preventing complications.
There are also dopaminergic medications prescribed to replace depleted dopamine levels in patients who suffer from this disease, as often patients will experience a severe reduction of dopamine.
Can Medical Marijuana Help with Parkinson’s Disease?
Medical marijuana has been shown to help many people live their lives with less tremors, improved mood, and an improved quality of life.
It is reported that cannabis may be especially beneficial for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease because it may help reduce muscle rigidity while improving mental alertness and decreasing depression, which can assist those with Parkinson’s during everyday tasks like cooking food or driving.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University found that cannabis can significantly improve motor skills in patients with Parkinson’s disease.
The researchers conducted an experiment in 2014 on 22 people with Parkinson’s who smoked cannabis for 30 minutes before being tested, and their scores reflected a significant improvement in motor skills.
Cannabis is a promising drug for treating and preventing motor diseases.
In 2011 researchers found that cannabis may help protect rats from damage caused by neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, and further evidence suggests that cannabis can help to reduce oxidative stress in the brain cells of rats.
Studies additionally suggest that cannabis may also help slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease as both THC and CBD have been found to have neuroprotective properties.
This means that medical marijuana may protect neurons from certain damage and might help them rejuvenate as well.
These findings suggest that medical marijuana could be helpful for slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease while at the same time treating its symptoms.
Get a Louisiana Medical Marijuana Card for Parkinson’s Disease Symptom Management
Louisiana has added Parkinson’s disease to its list of approved conditions, which means that people who are suffering from this condition can legally use medical marijuana for relief of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Louisiana law requires that you have a medical marijuana card to use cannabis legally, and our doctors are happy to help with the entire process!
To find out more about using medical marijuana for Parkinson’s disease, consult with our staff of qualified marijuana doctors that can help walk you through the path of getting approved for cannabis to help with Parkinson’s Disease.
Our doctors can be reached at (833) 253-2943 to help answer any questions you may have about getting a Louisiana marijuana card for Parkinson's disease.
You can even get your Louisiana Medical Marijuana Card in 3 easy steps!
Schedule a telemedicine appointment by calling us at (833) 253-2943.
Meet virtually with one of our certified physicians through telemedicine to discuss your medical history.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your recommendation from the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.