CBD – An Introduction:

CBD or Cannabidiol is a compound that can be obtained from the Hemp Plant. The hemp plant contains more than 100 compounds. Each compound displays different properties. The distinctive characteristic feature of CBD is that it doesn't contain psychoactive compounds. This means that it doesn't produce the high that is caused by a recreational drug. On the other hand, the compounds present in CBD may prove beneficial to the body.
 
Benefits of CBD to the human body:
The human body self-regulates itself through its various activities like body temperature control, blood sugar control, hydration, etc. The system that controls this balancing act is called the ECS. The ECS system also controls essential functions like eating, sleeping, etc. The ECS system is like a master switch that runs the entire body.
The structure of CBD is like the endocannabinoids that the body produces. This way, CBD can provide benefits to the entire body by playing a similar function to the ECS system.

CBD can benefit the human body in the following ways:

CBD is considered very useful in reducing anxiety levels.
CBD is a perfect pain killer, especially in chronic conditions.
CBD helps in relaxing the muscles and reducing muscle stiffness
Another vital benefit of CBD is that it can create hunger. This is especially useful when a patient has lost appetite due to treatments like chemotherapy.
CBD can also control nausea and vomiting.
CBD can stop the growth of cancer and tumor cells.
 
Some doctors and patients are turning to CBD for treatments in cases where traditional medication isn't helping much. Chronic conditions like Parkinson's Disease, Crohn's Disease, cancer, and tumor treatments have benefitted with the use of CBD.


Cannabidiol and parkinson's
 

CBD and Parkinson's Disease:
 
The use of CBD for treating Parkinson's symptoms has been gaining more ground recently. Let us quickly see what Parkinson's Disease is and how it affects a person. Parkinson's Disease occurs due to the death of nerve cells in the brain. These nerve cells are generally responsible for the co-ordination of various parts of the body. When these nerve cells die, motor functions of the body are affected. As a result, the person loses his ability to perform essential tasks like writing and reading. As time passes, the symptoms get worse. Life becomes difficult for a person who has Parkinson's Disease.
In general, older people have Parkinson's Disease. But in some cases, younger people suffer from the Disease too.

Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease:  

There are two major categories of Parkinson's symptoms:
Motor Symptoms
Non-Motor Symptoms.

Motor Symptoms:

People who have Parkinson's Disease suffer from motor-related symptoms that include:
 Tremors.
 Stiffness in muscles.
 Slow movements.
 Difficulty in walking
 Changes in speech
 Hesitation in talking.
 Loss of reading ability.
 Loss of writing skill.
 Loss of balance.
 Loss of posture.
 Loss of memory.
 
Non-Motor Symptoms:

The non-motor symptoms experienced by a patient who has Parkinson's Disease include:
Lack of sleep.
Decreased facial expressions.
Anxiety
Depression
Tiredness
Loss of weight.
Sweating
Constipation
Increased and frequent urination.
Hallucinations.
Reduced sensitivity to smells.
 
The current treatment for Parkinson's Disease includes two main stages:
Medication
Therapies
Medications help the patient in improving the motor functions like walking and overall stability. Doctors help in adjusting the exact dosage needed to manage the symptoms. Therapies help in an overall improvement in symptoms.
 
Patients who have Parkinson's Disease can benefit from the use of CBD oil in the following ways:
CBD can increase appetite for those who have Parkinson's Disease
CBD can improve sleep quality.
CBD can reduce pain and stiffness to a certain extent.
CBD can reduce anxiety levels to some extent.
CBD can help the patient cope with depressions
CBD will improve the overall mood of the patient.
CBD can reduce the feeling of tiredness in patients.
 
 
Forms of CBD For Parkinson's:

Let us now have a quick look at the various forms in which CBD is available:

1. CBD oils: These are the most used forms of CBD. Available in liquid forms, CBD oils can be swallowed or placed under the tongue. These forms of CBD are useful when the patient has difficulty in chewing or taking a pill.

2. Chewable gummies: Gummies are also another commonly used form of CBD.

3. Pills: Pills and capsules are the best options for patients who can't dose their oils properly. Pills provide a delayed release of the medication and are useful for those suffering from tremors.

4. Creams and Lotions: CBD infused creams, and CBD topicals can be used to relieve pain and stiffness in a patient who has Parkinson's Disease. Creams and lotions take time to work on the patients.
 
Apart from the above, CBD is also available as edibles. The problem with edibles is that the dosage may not be very accurate as per the needs of the patients.
 
Side-effects of CBD:
Studies have shown that CBD can cause very minimal or no side-effects
CBD may interact with prescription medications. The patient should consult a doctor or a medical consultant before starting CBD treatment. Also, the patient should avoid medications that have a grapefruit warning. Anyone using CBD should avoid grapefruit and its products altogether.
 
The current medications used to treat Parkinson's Disease only work on the motor function of the patient. These medications can also cause several side-effects. The treatment takes time to work. This is the reason CBD has become a popular treatment for Parkinson's. CBD helps with the non-motor side effects of Parkinson's Disease. CBD can reduce depression and anxiety. CBD can also improve appetite and sleep, providing relief to the patients.
So far, CBD has proven to be an effective treatment for Parkinson's Disease with fewer side effects. The research though has been limited. There is a need for broader research and studies so that more people can accept CBD as an effective treatment for Parkinson's.