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Marijuana Vs. ParkinsonismDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
Phillip Leveque has spent his life as a Combat Infantryman, Physician, Toxicologist and Pharmacologist. He is an expert in medical marijuana treatment.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I must say as a professional pharmacologist and physician I have given up being surprised when I read about marijuana being effective for yet another disease condition.
Parkinsonism affects about one percent of patients over 65 years old but there is a juvenile form as well.
I had a television program for about 5 years while I was helping patients get medical marijuana permits. My partner had a system through which he could get any article from anywhere on the computer about marijuana/cannabis.
One of the programs reported on marijuana for Parkinsonism from the Charles University in Prague, Checkoslovackia, that country's most prominent medical school.
Marijuana as folk medicine has been used in Eastern Europe for several hundred years. The peasants there probably know more about marijuana therapeutics than most American doctors.
I was intrigued by this medical report so I immediately turned on my computer. Sure enough there were many postings about marijuana vs. Parkinsonism. The strange thing was that some articles said marijuana had no effect against the tremors while some said it even caused tremors.
I had never heard this. As a matter of fact marijuana/cannabis is effective for Multiple sclerosis, Epilepsy, Tourettes, possibly ALS (Lou Gehrigs disease) and many other movement disorders. Why should it not be effective for Parkinsonism?
Getting back to Charles University, they had about two hundred Parkinsonism patients who theoretically had never used marijuana/cannabis. I scarcely believe that. They reported the effectiveness of marijuana/cannabis for Parkinsonism in the journal, Movement Disorders. I wasn't able to find the article or the details but it is effective for other movement disorders, so why not?
Dr. Tod Mikuriya reported marijuana/cannabis to be effective treatment for about 200 various disease processes. It shouldn't surprise anyone to add this to the list. I can hear, in my own mind, neurologists scratching their heads and howling," What's wrong with carbidopa except that it doesn't seem to work long-term?"
Indignant comments will be welcomed!
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