The majority of people in the US agree that medical marijuana is a legitimate medicine and have voted it in over the last 20 years. Ireland and many other countries are taking note and legislating accordingly, despite the restrictions on obtaining scientific evidence that lasted for decades. Why then, is the UK lagging behind, refusing thousands of patients the medicinal benefits of cannabis?
CBD oil for Parkinson’s disease is only one condition in which patients could experience a-turn-around from debilitating symptoms.
Online publication, The Canary, calls upon citizens in the UK to get involved in advocating for medical marijuana by looking at the effects of CBD oil used by a Parkinson’s patient, Larry Smith.
A video was made as part of the documentary, “Ride with Larry”, showing the first time Larry took CBD oil for his Parkinson’s disease. The video shows how a fellow Parkinson’s patient, and medical marijuana advocate gives Larry, a former policeman, the CBD oil. Within minutes Larry’s severe dyskinesia – involuntary movements, or spasms, and shakes subside and his voice returns.
Very little hope
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disease, with very little hope for patients, once they are diagnosed. The drugs available have some serious side effects too. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are severely disabling, and impact heavily on a persons’ life. Depression is unavoidable, as patients know that the only way for them to go is downhill.
Meanwhile several minor studies have concluded cannabis can turn motor symptoms around, alleviate pain and help patients sleep, turning quality of life around for Parkinson’s sufferers.
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CBD oil is non-psychoactive
The adverse effects of cannabis do not pertain to CBD oil, as this cannabinoid is non-psychoactive, does not affect one’s mood, or cause hallucinations, and does not impair cognition.
Why then should people like Larry not be able to decide for themselves if CBD oil is of benefit to them? They should not be denied a life-changing medicine, but should be able to walk into a store and obtain it. This is the viewpoint advocates argue in the documentary on Larry.
Irish minister of health Simon Harris, made his support of the legislation process clear, and Ireland might be about to progress to Committee Stage. It is expected that the majority of Irish MPs will approve medical marijuana.
The UK currently has 850,000 Alzheimer patients, 357,000 cancer patients, 101,000 people suffering because of AIDS and 127,000 MS patients, all of whom could benefit from medical marijuana.
CBD oil for Parkinson’s
Apart from other conditions such as epilepsy and cerebral palsy for which cannabis has proved to be a successful treatment, CBD oil for Parkinson’s disease should be a priority to consider according to UK activists.
As one reader rightfully comments, there are plenty of health products for sale on the strength of testimony or cultural convictions with very little scientific proof of efficacy, why should cannabis be any different?
Research done on cannabis shows positive or at least “promising” results time and time again. And we are talking about CBD not THC in Larry’s case, so there shouldn’t even be a question. The video evidence is impressive and could not have been acted out solely for the cameras. CBD won’t make Larry high, but he is among the people that could be helped.