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Previous international research has shown some benefits of cannabis use for the improvement of Parkinson’s symptoms, and the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine is now surveying usage among Parkinson’s patients in Australia.

Lead researcher Dr Andrea Bugarcic said: ‘This survey is not just about knowing if cannabis is used by this population but also where they are sourcing it from and any ratio specifications to understand what is working in the context of positive patient outcomes’.

Dr Bugarcic urged people who might be eligible to participate in the research to fill out the online survey at the Cannabis PD survey.

Hemp Embassy ‘vindicated’ by TGA decision

Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone says he feels vindicated.

Last week, the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved the sale of CBD oil in pharmacies without a prescription, up to 150mg a day.

‘It totally vindicates what we’ve been saying for decades, and we were idiots, we were liars, this was going to make you into a rapist and murderer,’ said Michael Balderstone, president of the Nimbin Hemp Embassy.

‘It’s a fantastically useful, safe medicine for so many things.’

But no CBD oil products have been approved for sale yet. The TGA approval process is likely to take six to twelve months, according to Dr Mark Hardy, medical director and addiction specialist at CA Clinics.

Producers ‘have to re-establish again the safety and efficacy of the product… they need to show it has superiority over existing products, or at least parity with existing products’, Dr Hardy said.

Dr Hardy said the over-the-counter products were likely to be effective for people seeking relief from chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and sleep disorders.

But he said a dosage of up to 150mg a day would be too small to address childhood epilepsy, cancer-related weight loss and nausea, and muscle spasms associated with Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.

These are conditions which generally require THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana) taken in tandem with CBD to increase its effect.

While people who need a THC/CBD combination will still have to seek a prescription, Dr Hardy is hopeful that in future the drug may be used to treat even more conditions.

‘We’re looking at dementia, brain injury, and these are areas of research… Inflammatory bowel disease, endometriosis – there’s a wide range of potential applications for THC/CBD combinations,’ Dr Hardy said.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. My name Johan Hendrikse and I have Parkinson’s since 2005.It is mainly my right foot,but when the tremors start the left foot/leg keeps it company, the tremors are so severe that I compare it to running Marathon and start to pant.I chew gum to counteract the pantingand keep my mouth shut. I take Stalevo 200mg (1)and Kinson 100mg (1). X 7/8 per dayI.I can only sleep when I am not”dancing” Sleeping about 2/4 per night. I can still drive a motorcar /automatic.,except when the attack is to severe.I live alone and look after myself.I know how this progresses.My mother had Parkinson’s as well.I hope that I can participate in this trial.and that I can assist in its success.I reside in Guildford, Sydney ,2171,Australia. Phone 61 2 0434 160 554

  2. After my Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis, my primary care provider introduced me to Mayaka Natural Clinic and their PD Formula protocol, the herbal treatment has made a tremendous difference for me. My symptoms including numbness and muscle weakness all disappeared after the treatment plan! Their website is w w w. mayakanaturalclinic. c o m

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