Brazilian Scientists Show How Marijuana Can Help in Treating Parkinson

MarijuanaBrazilian researchers from prestigious University of São Paulo (USP) have discovered that marijuana contains substances that can help ease the collateral effects of medicines prescribed to patients suffering from Parkinson disease.

Six patients with Parkinson were given during a whole month small doses of Cannabidiol (CBD) one of the 400 substances in marijuana, following which encouraging results were confirmed according to scientists from the Ribeirão Preto Medicine School from the SP University.

“Patients with Parkinson developed improvements in their sleeping alterations, in their psychotic symptoms and could even reduce their trembling,” said psychiatrist Jose Alexander Crippa, Neuro-sciences Department professor.

The paper on the discovery was published last November and an additional paper with test results on the anxiolytic effects of Cannabidiol in patients with obsession and compulsion disorders will be released in 2010.

A group of voluntary patients with obsessive and compulsive conducts were medicated with the substance 70 minutes before facing situations that forced them into anxiety fits, and “improvements were evident.”

Crippa underlined the significance of the research which scientifically establishes the positive effects of Cannabidiol but warned that “the non therapeutic use of marijuana was not recommended since it could only lead to worsen the psychotic symptoms and consequences of patients.”

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  • chRiz

    Don’t forget the relevant results with asthma bronchiale, chemotherapy and neuroderemitis…
    U’ll find a lot of evidences for that cases, too.

    Look up Jack Herer’s page for a lot of information and evidences: http://www.jackherer.com/

    And also the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines: http://www.cannabis-med.org/

  • Storm Crow

    Now I realize…..
    That Brazil’s scientists are still being influenced by US drug policy, but the last sentence of the article is just plain wrong! Cannabidiol/CBD is an antipsychotic and prevents panic attack and other psychological problems. Unfortunately, some strains of cannabis have had the CBD bred out of them, which is where any problems start. As a medicine, cannabis can be used to treat Parkinson’s as the articles states, but it can also be used for Alzheimer’s, PTSD, arthritis, MS, epilepsy, Crohn’s/IBS, osteoporosis, neuropathic pain, glaucoma, arthritis, and even some cancers!

    Of course, I don’t expect you to believe me about this, but I do have the proof! All you have to do is run a single search for “Granny Storm Crow’s list- July 2009” for links to hundreds of studies about the many medical uses of cannabis. There are several studies about cannabis and its effect on Parkinson’s. I hope that you will take my invitation and educate yourself about this wonderful healing herb! Thank you.

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