Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects a specific area of the brain responsible for controlling movement.
As a result, those with Parkinson’s disease experience progressive movement-related symptoms as well as non-motor symptoms like hallucinations and sleep disorders.
A low dose of cannabidiol (CBD) for Parkinson’s symptoms is producing promising results in studies conducted within the Kensington Senior Living community.
On Jan. 25th, we hosted an informative webinar with CV Sciences on the why, how, and safety of low-dose CBD for the aging population, including those with dementia, anxiety, and chronic pain.
Our panel of experts will explain the benefits of CBD for the aging population, including those experiencing Parkinson’s disease symptoms, including:
- Dr. Steven Schmitz, a board-certified physician with nearly two decades of pharmaceutical industry experience—including extensive drug, dietary supplement, and clinical development experience.
- Sue Feldmeth, RN, and founder of MC Wellness, a medical consulting firm dedicated to educating and guiding individuals on the safe use of medical Cannabis and CBD
- Jesse Karagianes, Vice President of Science, Regulation & Education at CV Sciences, makers of PlusCBD™ and has many years of experience in the nutritional health industry. He is regarded as an authority in his field.
- Leandra Sims, The Kensington Sierra Madre’s very own Connections Memory Care Manager, shares firsthand experience of witnessing the incredible benefits CBD can offer our residents.
Read on to learn more about the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and how low-dose CBD oil can potentially ease Parkinson’s symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?
The progression of Parkinson’s disease and the symptoms vary from person to person, but generally, they begin on one side of the body.
- Slowed, shorter movements, known as bradykinesia
- Tremor, beginning in the hand or fingers
- Muscle stiffness or rigidity
- Speech or writing difficulties
- Stooped posture or balance issues
- Loss of the ability to perform automatic movements, such as blinking
Those with Parkinson’s also often experience non-motor symptoms that can be more uncomfortable or debilitating than the motor symptoms.
Non-motor symptoms include:
- Low blood pressure
- Urine problems
- Cognitive issues
- Depression or anxiety
- Psychosis (hallucinations)
- Loss of smell
The symptoms of Parkinson’s are the result of nerve cell damage or loss in the brain, and particularly the loss of cells that produce the chemical dopamine.
Medication can help manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but the medications mainly target movement issues.
Low-dose CBD may be able to help ease the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, as well as potentially ease the tremors associated with the disease.
How can low-dose CBD be used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s?
CBD is a chemical found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, it does not produce a “high” feeling.
In studies, CBD has been found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which means CBD could potentially have neuroprotective tendencies.
During the webinar, our panel of experts will speak firsthand on the incredible impact CBD has had on seniors experiencing the following symptoms:
- Chronic pain
Let’s take a look at how CBD can potentially ease these symptoms.
Research suggests that CBD may have “therapeutic potential” in neurodegenerative diseases.
Studies have shown significant improvement in sleep from those experiencing sleep disruption or insomnia following CBD treatment.
Some research has found that CBD may help treat anxiety by affecting the brain’s serotonin levels, which is how common anti-anxiety medications operate.
Similarly to anxiety, CBD’s influence on serotonin levels may also aid in the treatment of depression.
It also can help treat depression by treating the symptoms that may be causing a person’s depression, such as pain, anxiety, or sleep issues.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may help those experiencing chronic pain, including arthritis, joint pain, migraines, and other sources of pain throughout the body.
Some of the most well-known medical sources acknowledge that more research on CBD’s benefits is necessary, which is why it’s exciting that the Kensington community is able to share information from its own CBD scientific case series conducted within our community.
Please RSVP today to hear our promising results of CBD use in the Kensington community.
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Our enhanced program allows us to offer care beyond what traditional assisted living can deliver. We provide a full spectrum of clinical support — meaning no resident ever needs to move out if their health needs change over time.
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At Kensington Park Senior Living, Our Promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own.
We welcome the family and friends of our residents and aim to preserve the comforts and routines that our residents hold dear to their hearts. We create ways to help residents feel comfortable, secure, happy, and dignified.
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We also offer three levels of memory care, starting with the “Kensington Club,” and then two memory care “neighborhoods,” Connections and Haven, which accommodate specific levels of memory care needs.
Don’t forget to RSVP for our upcoming event on the benefits of low-dose CBD use in our community.