In April, British researchers began a study into the effects of cannabis on dyskinesia ? involuntary spasms of the limbs ? for which there is currently no effective medication. Dyskinesia is a side effect of drugs commonly used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
For 12 weeks, 24 patients received a capsulated cannabis extract provided by the Institute for Oncological and Immunological Research in Berlin.
The study’s results have not yet been compiled. However, a smaller 1998 study using the synthetic cannabinoid nabilone showed a significant reduction of these spasms.
? All of this information was compiled and edited from the excellent email newsletter of the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine (IACM) in Germany. email [email protected]; web www.cannabis-med.org