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2023-11-22

The therapeutic potential of cannabis in Parkinson’s disease

Unlocking the therapeutic potential of cannabis in Parkinson's disease

The cannabis compound THC and the cannabinoid CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to offer possible therapeutic benefits in a number of different disorders. Among these, neurogenesis, disorders linked to amyloid-β and NFT, and Alzheimer’s disease are conditions where these cannabinoids may be extremely important.

Because of its psychotropic qualities, THC, the main compound in cannabis, has attracted interest. The receptors of the endocannabinoid system play a major role in regulating the intoxicating effects of THC. In addition to being psychotropic, active components in cannabis have been shown to have potential in controlling inflammatory diseases and reducing symptoms associated with cancer. Recent research also looks into their potential for solving sleep problems, particularly insomnia, due to their sedative and relaxing properties.

Cannabis Parkinson’s disease: the basics

Cannabis is gaining popularity as a potential alternative treatment for a variety of diseases, from multiple sclerosis and anxiety to glaucoma and inflammatory bowel issues. Parkinson’s disease is a common neurological illness that affects the nigrostriatal pathway in the brain.

It causes dopamine loss, which makes movement and decision-making difficult. Despite their effectiveness, current treatments have side effects, which makes the search for novel medications necessary.

The study emphasises how alpha-synuclein affects dopamine signalling pathways and has a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease. Preclinical data indicates that inhibitors that target alpha-synuclein aggregation have promise as possible treatment routes. Moreover, adenosine receptors (AR) and monoamine oxidase-B (MAO-B) are investigated as possible targets for Parkinson’s disease treatment.

The investigation next turns to the enzyme catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), which controls the brain’s dopamine levels. Cannabis chemicals can reduce Parkinson’s symptoms by increasing dopamine levels through COMT inhibition.

Molecular docking analysis

Subsequently, the article explores the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis compounds by conducting a comprehensive molecular docking analysis. In molecular docking tests, cannabicyclol stands out as a prospective candidate due to its strong affinity for important Parkinson’s disease-related proteins. Cannabicyclol’s non-toxic and non-psychoactive qualities contribute to its popularity.

The paper does accept, though, that even while cannabis has pharmacological advantages, there could be negative effects as well, which calls for more investigation. The study highlights the function of cannabis in controlling dopamine levels, excitotoxicity, and oxidative stress.

Cannabis’ compound and another target?

In summary, the in silico study indicates that components of cannabis, including cannabicyclol, may have neuroprotective effects against Parkinson’s disease. For the purpose of validating these results and investigating the whole therapeutic range of cannabis in the management of Parkinson’s disease, the study calls for additional in vitro, in vivo, and clinical research. In order to fully realise the therapeutic potential of cannabis for this intricate neurodegenerative condition, the paper promotes a thorough understanding of the pathways linked to Parkinson’s disease.

In closing, the paper emphasises the necessity of ongoing study to fully utilise the therapeutic advantages of cannabis ingredients in Parkinson’s disease management and calls for a comprehensive strategy that includes in vivo, in vitro, and clinical studies.

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