Today we’d like to share with you a CDA’s patient Parkinson’s case study.

Patient’s Condition and symptoms:

Andrew Naughtie

Shirley Maclean (not her real name) suffers from Chronic pain from Parkinson’s spasms and dyskinesia. She also has injuries related to falls.

Her Parkinson’s has a significant effect on her ability to do many activities, including personal hygiene, and she has had an increase in falls and injuries.

Other symptoms include insomnia and irregular bowel motions (from constipation to diarrhoea). Mrs PD has also previously had deep brain stimulation which led to chronic headaches. She trialled multiple medications in past that caused significant side effects including Madopar, Sifrol, Artane, and she’s currently taking Amantadine. Mrs PD also trialled treatments, including Acupuncture, counselling, occupational therapy, balance classes. She was prescribed Opioids for her chronic pain which caused abdominal cramps and constipation.

She originally sourced illegal Cannabis and had promising benefits, but she was concerned about legal implications and reliability.

She was referred to CDA by her GP and Neurologist, who were both aware and supportive of Medical Cannabis treatment.

Medical Cannabis Treatment:

She contacted CDA and was consulted and approved for regular CBD and as required THC oil.

The CBD oil offered small improvement in mood and sleep but had little change in her pain, so it was discontinued. The THC oil provided a significant reduction in pain, from headaches and Parkinson’s, and improvement in sleep. There were no side effects from the THC, which is great. However, her dyskinesia and Parkinson’s continues to progress. We have however had patients take THC for their Parkinson’s and found improvement in their movement, but that doesn’t always happen. It takes a slow THC titration to gradually increase to see if there’s any positive effects regarding pain and Parkinson’s. Mrs PD continues the THC Cannabis medication for her Parkinson’s pain and headaches.

“A study published in the National Centre for Biotechnology (USA), researched Medical Cannabis as a treatment for motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. In this study, 22 patients with Parkinson’s disease attended a motor disorder clinic and were given Medical Cannabis. The results were measured by using a Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale, visual analog scale, present pain intensity scale, Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire, as well as Medical Cannabis Survey National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Questionnaire. The results showed that there was a significant improvement in tremor, sleep, and pain scores. There were also no significant adverse side effects of Medical Cannabis.”

Please visit our research database for more information about Parkinson’s and Cannabis

Disclaimer: This is not an inducement to use Medicinal Cannabis. Medical Cannabis doesn’t work for everyone, and it may not work for you. How Cannabis affects a person depends on many things, including their size, weight, age and health, dosage and tolerance, and the results can vary. Some people may experience side effects when taking Cannabinoid medication.
The information provided by CDA Clinics is for educational and informational purposes only. For medical advice, please check with your doctor and request a referral.

Cannabis has been used to treat anxiety dating back to around to 2000 BCE (G.A. Grieson, “The Hemp Plant in Sanskrit and Hinidi Literature” Indian Antiquary ( September 1894): 260-262). Cannabinoids (cannabis compounds) interact with diverse receptors that regulate fear and anxiety in our body. Whilst THC can increase anxiety and some and decrease in others, CBD in higher doses has been shown to consistently decrease anxiety. This interaction is related to the activity in both the limbic and paralimbic areas of the brain, augmenting the Endocannabinoid system mitigating behavioural consequences of stress.

CBD works by interreacting with the Endocannabinoid system. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS), is a central regulatory system that affects a wide range of biological processes. The human body produces endocannabinoids and, believe it or not, the highest concentration of cannabinoids is in a mother’s breast milk. Endocannabinoids play a role in many of the body’s biological responses, including balance in our body’s immune system, communication between cells, appetite, metabolism, memory, sleep and more. The cannabinoids that we can get from plants (phyto-cannabinoids) augmernt our endocannabinoids system and can also help to stimulate production of endocannabinoids). For more on the Endocannabinoid system check out our other blog post here.

CBD Products:

CBD can be consumed in different forms:

  • Oils (taken orally)
  • Edibles
  • Vaping juices and oils
  • Capsules
  • Crystal Isolate (which can be vaped or compounded into topical treatments)
  • Dried flower bud

During your consultation, the doctor will consider relevant factors as your metabolism, body weight and the severity of your anxiety in order to come up with the perfect product and dosage for you.