Medicinal Cannabis for Neurological Disorders.
Are you considering using CBD as an alternative to conventional medication for a neurological disorder? Here’s what you need to know.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that comes from cannabis.
CBD is legal in New Zealand with a prescription and doesn’t cause you to feel “high.”
In recent years, CBD has become increasingly popular for many therapeutic purposes, including treating neurological disorders.
We treat many neurological disorders with CBD, and our patients have experienced great results.
If you or a loved one struggles with a neurological disorder and they aren’t responding well to conventional medication, medical cannabis products such as CBD oil could be worth trying.
Can CBD Oil Help Neurological Disorders?
CBD isn’t a “cure” for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), and Epilepsy — but it can potentially help ease symptoms.
CBD is safe, natural, and an increasing number of studies show its potential to help with neurological disorders.
Many of our patients have experienced improvements in the symptoms of their disorders.
If you’re considering trying CBD, you can schedule a consultation with one of our medical specialists or your own family GP.
CBD Oil for Parkinson’s Disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the central nervous system and can severely affect movement (1).
- Uncontrolled muscle spasms
- Impaired balance
- Poor sleep quality
While medication can be effective, you may find yourself in a position where conventional medicine isn’t providing adequate relief.
While CBD use hasn’t been investigated in people who have Parkinson’s disease for the long term, some studies suggest CBD has positive effects on this neurological disorder by how it interacts within the brain. Researchers found that CBD was able to reduce the perception of pain levels, reduce inflammation, reduce the severity of psychosis symptoms, and improve sleep quality (2).
Researchers have also begun to look into CBD for prevention of Parkinson’s disease. Unfortunately, most of the research carried out has been with animals, not humans, and is very new (3).
Medical cannabis could be an option to consider and discuss with your doctor.
CBD Oil for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the mental deterioration of nerve cells over time (4).
It is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors.
Alzheimer’s disease often begins later in life and is difficult to deal with due to the debilitating symptoms it causes.
Memory loss and confusion
Shortened attention span
Difficulty with reading, writing, and language
General mental decline
Restlessness and agitation
Patients with Alzheimer’s disease are often prescribed CBD products combined with THC since the THC compound has sedating and potent calming effects. A recent study treated Alzheimer’s patients with THC and found a reduction in aggression, insomnia, and delusions (5). However, it was also found that THC amounts being too high promoted hyperactivity in patients (6).
While medication can be helpful, conventional medication may not be providing you with adequate relief.
In some cases, patients with Alzheimer’s disease are prescribed CBD products combined with THC since THC can have sedating and potent calming effects.
Medical cannabis (including both CBD and THC) could be an option for you to consider.
One of our medical specialists will help you figure out what dosage and cannabinoid ratio will be best suited to your needs.
CBD Oil for Multiple Sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis, commonly known as MS, is a disease related to the immune system. MS causes nerve damage, leading to compromised brain and spinal function.
Reduced cognitive function
Being diagnosed with MS may cause anxiety, loneliness, sadness, and uncertainty.
There are a variety of medications used to treat multiple sclerosis.
While there’s no cure for MS, conventional medications may not always be effective. Research has shown that cannabinoids like CBD and THC can potentially help ease some symptoms such as pain and muscle spasms.
If you’re considering trying medical cannabis for your Multiple Sclerosis, please schedule an appointment with one of our medical specialists.
CBD Oil for Epilepsy and Seizures.
It is a severe neurological disorder that can significantly reduce your quality of life, and cause various psychological issues.
Conventional medications can work, but you could consider trying CBD as an alternative treatment if the current medication you’re taking isn’t proving helpful.
We encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of Cannabis Clinic’s medical specialists to see if CBD is right for you.
Is CBD Right For You?
Whether CBD will work for you isn’t a yes or no answer.
The effectiveness of CBD for your neurological disorder depends on the severity of your condition and how your body responds to treatment.
That said, CBD is very safe, well-tolerated and is worth trying, especially if your current medication isn’t working well for you.
CBD has helped many of our patients with neurological disorders and could also help you improve your quality of life and reduce the severity of your symptoms.
How to Use CBD Oil?
There are many different ways to take CBD, including vaporising it, taking CBD capsules, and even applying CBD topically.
A popular way of taking CBD is by applying a few drops under your tongue using a tincture. This area is capillary-rich, allowing CBD to easily be absorbed into your bloodstream.
The delivery method you use and the dosage you start with are something your medical specialist will help you determine. They’ll be there to support you every step of the way.
A common dosage to start with is around 3 to 4 drops of CBD daily. From here, you can adjust the dosage depending on your needs and the recommendations of your doctor.
CBD is very versatile, meaning you can take it in a variety of ways. These include vaporising CBD, taking CBD capsules, or applying ointments and skincare products topically. A popular way of taking CBD is by applying a few drops under the tongue using a tincture. This area is capillary-rich and enhances the absorption of CBD into the bloodstream (13).
We recommend you start slow. Starting slow gives your body a chance to adjust while allowing you to monitor any side effects that may arise.
Does CBD Oil Cause Side Effects?
CBD is a safe and well-tolerated medicine, but some side effects can occur (14).
Changes in appetite
Drowsiness and fatigue
Changes in bowel movements
Certain medications may also negatively interact with CBD causing adverse effects.
The bottom line is that CBD is a safe and well-tolerated medication. Still, to be completely safe, you must be transparent with your doctor about what other medications you’re taking.