Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that primarily affects the brain. The condition occurs when the brain begins to lose the ability to produce dopamine. This affects the brain’s ability to control movement, and the characteristic symptoms of Parkinson’s disease appear. Patients suffering from the condition start off with seemingly minor and/or insignificant symptoms, such as a slight trembling in one hand. The patient then later experiences a varied array of symptoms that may include constipation, inability to swallow, low blood pressure, and severe aches and pains. The patient may also experience anxiety, depression, and inability to concentrate and to retain memory.
Treatment for Parkinson’s disease typically comprises managing the most difficult symptoms. Most doctors prescribe a treatment of medications and antidepressants. For some patients, medical marijuana may help ease many of the symptoms of the condition.