Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that can cause uncontrollable movements, stiffness, and difficulty with coordination. This condition is caused by the impairment of or a loss of nerve cells in the area of the brain that controls movement, the basal ganglia. This leads to a lack of dopamine which is an important neurotransmitter for fine-tuning movements. For individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, marijuana use can aid with anxiety, pain, nausea, and sleep dysfunction. In a study assessing 40 different Parkinson’s Foundation Centers, up to 95% of neurologists report that their patients with PD have asked to be prescribed marijuana. However, marijuana use may also lead to a loss of balance, hallucinations, dizziness, and, most importantly, executive function.The data regarding this topic, like most topics considering marijuana use, is far and few between and should be further researched.
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