20 Israeli Parkinson’s Patients Smoked Weed and Felt Way Better
This is only a test, a regulated, scientific test.
Any fan of Michael J. Fox or Muhammad Ali has been touched by the tragic advancement of debilitating symptoms that go along with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that disrupts every move a person who has it attempts to make. Confronting the disease requires a mixture of obstinacy, courage, and—according to studies out of Israel’s Rabin Medical Center and Sackler Faculty of Medicine—a fresh and replenishing bag of cannabis flower.
Researchers in Tel Aviv and Petach Tikva examined the effects of cannabis inhalation on 20 patients with Parkinson’s disease. Symptoms of the disease include tremors, uncooperative and pained muscles that tend to operate on their own volition, sleep disruptions, fatigue, confusion, impaired speech, distorted sense of smell, and leaking urine.
Each of the 20 patients observed in the Tel Aviv University-Rabin Medical Center study were legally licensed to use cannabis. The test subjects had their symptoms charted prior to ingesting marijuana and 30 minutes afterward. The charted observations went on for 14 weeks.
After excluding two patients who had vaporized their herb rather than smoked it, scientists noted improved pain thresholds and “a significant decrease” in disrupted motor function.
From the raw data:
Cannabis improved motor scores and pain symptoms in PD patients, together with a dissociate effect on heat and cold pain thresholds.
When asked about normalizing adult marijuana use or legalizing medical cannabis, the standard politician generally gives the same basic response: More tests need to be done.
Fair enough on that answer, Hillary & Co., but only if you take into consideration Israeli Parkinson’s research findings from 2014.
A prior Israeli trial evaluating the impact of cannabis on PD patients reported “significant improvement after treatment in tremor, rigidity, and bradykinsea (slowness of movement) … [as well as] significant improvement of sleep and pain scores.”
Some research, of course, suggests cannabis has no medical value, but keep an eye on who's financing that shit science.