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Michael J. Fox is an iconic actor, author and advocate who is best known for his portrayal of Marty McFly in the incredibly popular ‘Back To The Future’ movie franchise.
He’s also known for his semi-retirement from the film industry after being diagnosed with the neurological disorder Parkinson’s disease.
Michael J. Fox was first diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at the age of 29. However, it wouldn’t be for another 7 years in 1998 that Michael would publicly disclose his diagnoses.
In the year 2000, Michael J. Fox launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Today, the foundation is the largest non-profit funder for Parkinson’s drug and research development.
He is widely admired across the world for his tireless work in advocating for more research into Parkinson’s disease and for using his platform to bring more attention to the disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a condition whereby the brain becomes damaged over time as it loses nerve cells in a part of the brain called the ‘substantia nigra’.
It’s not clear or proven what causes this loss, but it reduces the amount of dopamine in the brain, which regulates the movement of the body.
The effects, therefore, include the involuntary shaking of limbs, a loss of balance, slow movement, a loss of the sense of smell and inflexible muscles and joints.
There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but there are treatments available to manage the symptoms of it. It is as part of this treatment management program that many consider the use of CBD oil for Parkinson’s disease: and Michael J Fox is one of these people.
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of 113 cannabinoids that makes up the cannabis plant. For CBD to be created it needs to be isolated from all other cannabinoids. Most importantly CBD needs to be isolated from the THC cannabinoid as much as possible (legal limit in the UK is 0.2%). In the cannabis plant THC is the part that causes the “high” feeling you get from taking it.
There have been several studies into the use of CBD oil for Parkinson’s treatment, but there’s still a way to go with clinical trials.
It seems that CBD oil raises the levels of dopamine in the body naturally, without the harmful side effects that pharmaceutical interventions to do the same thing often present.
Raised dopamine allows Parkinson’s sufferers greater mobility, less involuntary shaking and muscle seizures, and less pain around sore and tender joints.
As Parkinson’s is gradually debilitating and can be an extremely slow burner in terms of negatively affecting patient’s quality of life, it’s easy to understand how sufferers can feel low in mood and experience great stress. CBD has been shown to increase mood levels and ease anxieties, giving those suffering a welcome respite from the stresses and strains their condition brings.
The list of benefits of cannabidiol is ever growing. CBD oil is being tested in labs all over the world and with all this research being done the more we are finding out about the exact benefits may have. Here is a list of some of the benefits of cannabidiol that people are talking about:
Deciding to get better involved with the medical community, Fox founded the Michael J Fox Foundation, a charity dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
As mentioned previously, the foundation is the largest non-profit foundation researching Parkinson’s in the world. The foundation has invested over $650 million to date into clinical studies in relation to Parkinson’s disease.
The research has also included some small studies into the use of CBD oil for treatment of Parkinson’s symptoms; but not too greatly, as of course the foundation is seeking a cure, and not a management tool.
Michael himself reportedly uses cannabis oil and other related CBD products to treat the complications and side effects of his Parkinson’s disease.
If you are suffering from Parkinson’s or know someone who is, be sure to refer them to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for unrivalled amounts of information and resources regarding Parkinson’s disease.