Amidst all the hue and cry over potential uses of medical marijuana comes a new study which suggests that marijuana like molecules may aid treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic progressive nervous disorder that plays havoc with the motor movements of the afflicted persons. Basically the disease is caused by the depletion of dopamine. This neurotransmitter prevents certain specific nerve cells in the brain from becoming hyperactive.

However in Parkinson’s the absence of dopamine sends these nerve cells into overdrive causing jerky movements. The latest study, which appears in the journal Nature, suggests that using marijuana-like compound in combination with an existing Parkinson’s drug might be able to restore some sort of control over the motor movements.

Anatol Kreitzer and Dr. Robert Malenka, the lead researchers of the study, stressed that while the results are promising in genetically altered laboratory mice, a human trial is still quiet sometime away. But their study once again brings focus onto marijuana and other addictive substances.

The medicinal uses of some of these compounds is a proven fact. If molecules extracted from these chemicals are able to improve the condition of a patient suffering from Parkinson’s, then shouldn’t we all be supporting such research initiatives?

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