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Parkinson's Disease

Coastal Wellness Centers -  - Medical Cannabis Physician

Coastal Wellness Centers

Medical Cannabis Physicians located in Ormond Beach, FL & Orange City, FL

Nearly 1 million women and men in the United States have Parkinson’s disease. If you’re among them, you may find that traditional medications don’t completely resolve your symptoms or improve your quality of life. Expert physicians Joseph Rosado, MD, Kathryne Gunn, DO, and Alyn L. Benezette, DO, at Coastal Wellness Centers in Ormond Beach and DeLand, Florida, offer medical cannabis to qualified Parkinson’s disease patients to help with tremors, stiffness, and unwanted weight loss. To find out if you qualify for medical cannabis to treat Parkinson’s disease, phone the helpful staff at Coastal Wellness Centers or book an appointment online.

Parkinson's Disease Q & A

 

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nerve cells and nervous system that usually strikes women and men over the age of 50, though some younger people develop it, too. If you have Parkinson’s disease, your brain cells don’t produce sufficient amounts of a chemical called dopamine, which is both a hormone and a neurotransmitter. Parkinson’s disease affects the way you move and can also inhibit normal bodily functions, causing symptoms such as:

  • Hand tremors 
  • Slowed movements  
  • Tense, rigid muscles
  • Trouble speaking and writing
  • Balance and posture problems 
  • Trouble with automatic movements   
  • Dizziness when standing
  • Inability to distinguish smells
  • Fatigue, particularly late in the day

You may eventually have trouble controlling your bladder and bowels, develop insomnia, and have trouble chewing and eating. The challenges of dealing with the disease often cause depression, but the disease itself may cause cognitive issues — including dementia, hallucinations, and mood disorders.

 

How do doctors treat Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease can’t be cured. Doctors focus treatment on managing symptoms, maintaining quality of life, and slowing the disease’s progression. 

Treatment options include increasing aerobic exercise, which slows down the disease and also improves balance and coordination. Most medications focus on helping your brain produce more dopamine. Your doctor may recommend a combination of:

  • Carbidopa-levodopa 
  • Carbidopa-levodopa infusion 
  • Dopamine agonists  
  • MAO B inhibitors  
  • Catechol O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors  
  • Anticholinergics  
  • Amantadine 

All of the medications for Parkinson’s disease have side effects, including possible hallucinations and behavioral changes.  Your doctor may also recommend a surgery called deep brain stimulation if you have advanced Parkinson’s disease that’s not responding to levodopa.

 

How does medical cannabis help Parkinson’s disease?

The two most common cannabinoids in marijuana — cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — help control a variety of Parkinson’s disease symptoms. If you’re in the early stages of disease, medical cannabis may even be sufficient to help you manage symptoms and maintain your quality of life. The cannabinoids also have anti-inflammatory actions that may protect your brain cells. 

If you have more advanced disease, you can add medical cannabis to your regimen to smooth out gaps in your treatment. Medical cannabis helps:

  • Minimize tremors
  • Reduce involuntary movements
  • Improve quality of life
  • Improve slowness
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Improve sleep
  • Decrease hallucinations

To control your Parkinson’s disease symptoms with medical cannabis, contact Coastal Wellness Centers. Phone the helpful staff or use the online form today to find out if you’re eligible for medical cannabis.