New York State Practitioner Education - Medical Use of Marijuana Course
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The Medical Use of Marijuana in Parkinson's Disease

CB1 receptors are densely expressed in the basal ganglia and cortical areas affected in Parkinson's disease (Venderova et al., 2005, Brotchie et al., 2005). Because of this, there is a rationale for usage of THC in the disorder. Also, CBD has been assessed as a potential therapeutic agent for Parkinson’s disease because of its possible neuroprotective attributes (Fernandez-Ruiz et al., 2011). This module will review the available clinical evidence for the use of cannabis in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and the associated symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

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