I know research is being conducted.
I asked my Dr. about using medical marijuana for tremors. Charlottes Web ( only available in Colorado) is a strain developed with high levels of CBD to control seizures and very low levels of THC so you don't get stoned. I was curious as to how it would work on tremors. My Doc told me to experiment as results vary person to person. My Dr. wrote me a prescription. In Oregon medical and recreational marijuana is legal.
I went to a dispensary once I applied for and received my state issued card, and asked tons of questions regarding which strains were available closest to Charlottes Web. The options were many. I was also concerned about the delivery method...not interested in smoking. I purchased a CO2 vapor pen which is a lot healthier compared to inhaling smoke. CO2 Vapor is clean and easy to manage intake levels. I walked away with an assortment of strains to experiment with.
I have a Indica strain to help me sleep through the night (THC @ 200mg out of 600mg vial.). I am also experimenting with:
102mg CBD/128mg THC...
34% CBD/27% THC...
55% CBD/3% THC...
I am interested in these strains to see which ones work best for tremors. So far my findings are:
Indica strains, regardless of the CBD levels help me sleep trough the night.
Sativia strains, with lower THC levels and higher CBD levels help me during the day to stay focused and creative. Not sure I would recommend this for someone with balance issues.
The higher CBD levels do help with my tremors but keep in mind, my PD tremors are mild...so far. Remember, the higher the THC, the higher you will be.
I hope this helps and if you or anyone in here has questions please feel free to ask me anything, anytime...of course consult your Dr before adding to or amending your PD med's.
My husband is using CBD oil from hemp, he doesn't want to get a medical card for anything else. I had found a very small study (only 4 people) that indicated 75mg of CBD was getting people into REM sleep. The first night he used it was like a miracle, he slept 8 hours without waking. Definitely decreases his movement in the night. CBD from hemp is legal nationwide so I can easily order it.
I am using it now and my doctor agreed with me taking it. I wasn't eating and very nauseous and he was very concerned. It has made a huge difference in my life. Eating a little more and keeping it down. Very little tremors and cut down on my does of meds. I am feeling more like myself again.
Neither did my husband's neurologist and when I brought up the study to her she said it was too small but she did agree there is no money in testing certain products. I don't want to be too outspoken nor try to give anyone medical advice but I am an ex-ICU nurse, I don't put all my faith in the healthcare system. It is what we have but big pharmacy drives it in my opinion. My husband's doctor is not living our lives, we are. Her solution was increasing sinemet which he experienced serious orthostatic changes (lightheadness and near fainting). This side effect was never told to us and my research is how we discovered it, very scary for my husband. The alternative things we are doing does not interfere with his meds and his doctor knows we are going to experiment.
I know people who are using it and it very effective. However, the results varied with the strains used and other factors such as method of preparation. If you can find a strain that works and stick with it, it is very effective.
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