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CBD and Parkinson’s

We Know That Some People With Parkinson’s Have Tried CBD Oil, Or Are Interested In Learning More About Whether CBD Can Help Them With Their Symptoms. Here We Take a Closer Look. Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active ingredient, which is found in the cannabis plant. Unlike cannabis, CBD doesn’t make people high. Although we may think of cannabis as a single ‘drug’, it contains many drug-like chemicals that have different effects on the body. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is also found in the cannabis plant. THC mainly affects brain function. It’s thought to cause the psychoactive effects of cannabis that make a person high. Psychoactive effects can include changes in perception, mood, levels of consciousness or behaviour. What’s the difference between CBD and cannabis? CBD is legal. CBD oil is classed as a food supplement, and you can buy it from high street health shops. It comes from the hemp plant. ‘Industrial’ hemp is legal to grow in the UK under licence as long as it has a very low percentage of THC. The CBD oil you can buy from health shops is made from industrial hemp and doesn’t contain THC. Cannabis, on the other hand, contains high amounts of THC and is

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How to manage bladder and bowel problems in Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s can cause bladder and bowel problems. Small changes you can make that will make those issues easier to manage. We find out more. Constipation Incontinence Getting help It’s important not to struggle alone with bladder and bowel problems. A lot of people find it embarrassing to talk about these subjects, but don’t let this stop you from getting help if you need it. Your GP will usually be your first port of call. You may find it useful to keep a short diary of your bladder and bowel habits before your GP appointment. This may help you explain the problems you’re having. Your GP can offer treatments, or they may refer you to a specialist, like a urologist. Urologists  specialise in the urinary system. A continence adviser can also help. They are specialist nurses who assess and manage incontinence. They can visit you at home or see you in a clinic. Our thanks to Parkinson’s UK for permission to use the following source(s) in compiling this information:

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