Could CBD Help to Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms?

Could CBD Help to Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms?

As a Colorado resident, I often wonder about the healing power of plants. We live in a time when the pharmaceutical industry is booming. Pills exist to tame nearly any symptom, but they often can have unwanted side effects. The side effects of plants, however, may be less harsh, or even nonexistent. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a great example of this phenomenon.

What is CBD?

CBD is a compound derived from the cannabis plant and is commonly sold in oils and foods. Depending on the product, CBD could potentially treat pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and inflammation, among other issues. Additionally, research suggests that CBD potentially could be useful for other conditions, including improving well-being and quality of life in Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD generally has relaxing effects. Users do not feel “stoned” or intoxicated.

Why is CBD controversial?

The use of CBD is legally gray, as marijuana is illegal at the federal level. However, the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill legalized the use of CBD produced via the cultivation of hemp with THC levels below 0.3 percent.

You also can use a medical marijuana card to obtain CBD in some states. Nevertheless, a few states currently forbid the use of CBD. Check to see if CBD is legal in your state here. 

Because CBD is unregulated at the federal level, it can be difficult to determine the amount of THC in certain products. Purchasing CBD products from reputable brands that conduct third-party testing is currently the safest option.

What might CBD do for Parkies?

CBD has shown potential in early studies for reducing dyskinetic activity in people with PD and treating motor symptoms in various neurodegenerative conditions.

According to a 2018 review study published by the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology, “Cannabidiol is a non-psychotomimetic compound from Cannabis sativa that presents antipsychotic, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects.” Data also suggest that CBD could potentially play a protective role in the treatment of certain movement disorders. Results are promising, but further studies are needed to clarify the efficacy of CBD.

Our experience

My dad kept hearing about the potential benefits of CBD. He doesn’t like the sensation of getting high, so he investigated products that would yield similar benefits without the possibility of intoxication. Eventually, he purchased two tinctures that he consumed orally for several weeks. He doesn’t believe the tinctures had a substantial impact on his everyday life, but I’m not ready to let him stop hoping.

Of course, it is important to consult your physician before trying CBD or any other treatment.

Has CBD helped you in any way? Please share in the comments below. 


Note: Parkinson’s News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Parkinson’s News Today or its parent company, BioNews Services, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to Parkinson’s disease.

Mary Beth is a freelance writer specializing in personal narratives. Her work focuses on the outdoors and the transformative powers of nature. When her dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013, her search to understand the disease materialized through language. She now writes to help others understand the disease and hopes to teach how to be a compassionate caregiver.
Mary Beth is a freelance writer specializing in personal narratives. Her work focuses on the outdoors and the transformative powers of nature. When her dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013, her search to understand the disease materialized through language. She now writes to help others understand the disease and hopes to teach how to be a compassionate caregiver.
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  1. Coy Hall says:

    I tried the cbd oil it help me on my bad days with my stage 3 of parkinson i wish you can fix it where our Medicare or other health insurance will cover this it has helped with my tremors and muscles in my leg not to be so tight

  2. Thomas Kucharski says:

    According to Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-euphoriant component of cannabis. In 2017, the New Zealand Misuse of Drugs Regulations (1977) were amended, allowing doctors to prescribe CBD. Also, there are more than 100 studies that CBD oil really works.

    Make sure it’s the third-party lab tested like

  3. Sabir Chaudhry says:

    I am trying but so far, I am facing increase in restlessness and slow was. When I wake up, it is hard to walk
    Let’s see.

  4. Jerri Baehl says:

    I have used CBD oil sublingual for 2 1/2 years. I researched the companies to find one that is a full spectrum oil. Also that had been tested by third parties. I have had Parkinson’s for 13 years and the CBD oil is by far the best thing I have found to keep my symptoms t bay. My neurologist is on board with me using it and is also very happy with the outcome for me. I no longer take Sinemet, Azilect, or Amantidine. Those were stopped when the CBD oil worked. This is what it controls for me. Tremor, rigidity, brain clarity, and walking. If I do not take the oil. I have tremors in both legs, both hands, and head. I drag my right foot and my brain clarity is way off. There are still triggers that may exacerbate my symptoms, but I take few more drops of Oil and my symptoms go away. I hope this helps, but like this disease it may work differently for others.

  5. Joel Johnson says:

    I take care of a relative who is 17+ years into Parkinson’s and tried CBD oil a few years back, when he had a recurring and acute ‘off’ period in the middle of his Rytary regimen. We gave him Charlotte’s Web 43 mg/svg for a few weeks, at first specifically in response to severe ‘off’ periods between med dosages, then 2x/day at regular intervals.

    Result: Very occasionally it seemed to bring him above the functionality threshold, sometimes it had no apparent effect, but by far the most likely result was to relax him from spasms and loud grunting down to completely relaxed (but not ‘on’). Unfortunately, the effect was short-lived: usually about thirty minutes, and it wasn’t worth the considerable cost.

    More recently, we tried the Charlotte’s Web gummies, containing nominally 10 mg/svg. They did nothing but taste good, so there seems to be a threshold level of effectiveness for a given stage of PD.

  6. dennis Bradley says:

    I believe I am in my 3rd year from diagnosis. My main problems are balance,tiredness,leg weakness and,short term memory.I have no pain, sleep well and have reasonable motor skills.I am taking Sinemet(6)and considering CBD to help my with balance? Any similar situations?

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  8. Ed says:

    CBD hasn’t been used in people with Parkinson’s disease long-term, and research into the benefits of this cannabinoid only began a few decades ago.

  9. peter says:

    I have found CBD does little for me..but it is expensive..on the other hand..good old pot does great stuff..Budda Kush excellent for sleep..Whitefire excellent for a little pick me up from daytime fatigue..Cali Kush so I can play my guitar all day and its amazing how when I’m doing something else and focusing my PD isn’t is of course..but the illness is first and foremost in your brain..and cannabinoids..are all over the place in your brain..there are many studies ..from universities..not pot dealers about this..I might add..for me..quite a few years into PD..marijunia is a wonder drug..maybe its all in my head..but thats where the PD its good

  10. Nathan Cooper says:

    Hi everyone! My grandpa was diagnosed with Pd recently and he is already carbidopa 25/levodopa 100g 4x a day. It does nothing for him it seems. He is very tired and sore and shakes as well. Can anyone please recommend CBD? And can he use it alongside his meds?? Thank you so much ❤️

  11. Bob Michael says:

    right, cbd is commonly used to reduce issues of anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep, thanks for your information.

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