Parkinson’s disease is a nervous system disorder characterized by slowness of movement (bradykinesia), tremors, and stiffness. These symptoms continue and worsen over time gradually affecting the speech, balance, posture, and quality of life.
Parkinson’s disease is caused by the breakdown of neurons (nerve cells) in the brain which produce a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine controls muscle movement and coordination. Abnormally low dopamine levels result in loss of ability to control body movements.
Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, symptoms may be controlled with medication and exercise. Besides improving strength, flexibility and coordination, exercise has been shown to protect neurons slowing down the progression of Parkinson’s. Regular exercise improves brain health and function by repairing and protecting nerve pathways.
Medical marijuana is recommended in the management of this condition as it is shown to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life.