Cannabis may treat symptoms pf Parkinson's disease, study finds

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Cannabis could help treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study published in the journal Clinical Neuropharmacology.

Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel assessed daily cannabis use in 47 Parkinson’s patients over several months, writes Tess Allen.

A grand majority – 82 percent – said cannabis "improved their overall symptoms." These patients experienced reductions in pain, stiffness and tremors. They also reported enhanced mood and sleep quality, as well as fewer falls.

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This isn’t the first study to conclude that cannabis may offer notable benefits to Parkinson’s patients. Research conducted in 2014 found “significant improvement” of symptoms in Parkinson’s patients 30 minutes after cannabis treatment.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system suffered by more than 10 million people around the globe. The disease largely affects the motor system, resulting in slowness of movement, muscle stiffness and tremors.

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