Using marijuana to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

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SARASOTA – A partnership forms with Parkinson Place and a Neurology of Cannabis Clinic.

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago Ronald  Christofaro  is curious about medical marijuana.

“I’ve sort of got my shaking under control,” said Christofaro.

Parkinson Place Founder Larry Hoffheimer says they are adding  medical marijuana as a new type of  therapy

“The Parkinson community has been very curious about medical cannabis. I’ve been on the lookout for someone that can basically see patients here and order cannabis on a needed basis,” Hoffheimer.

Neurologist and Founder of Neurology of Cannabis Clinic Dr. Daniel Stein has has practiced medicine in Sarasota for 25 years.   He will be working at Parkinson Place providing an alternative cannabis based therapy. Speaking to a group of people he says many people are unaware of the benefits of incorporating medical marijuana into their current treatment plans.

“For many years cannabis has been stigmatized as evil or unhealthy or addictive and what we need to do and what we are going to do and what we are going to do here at Parkinson Place is educate the public.  We’re going to educate people with Parkinson’s disease their caregivers and love ones and also provide safe access to cannabis therapy,” he explained.

Dr. Stein says using marijuana for treatment tackles the opioid epidemic in our country head on and there are also less side effects.

“Cannabis therapy can safely reduce pain in patients who need pain relief and also help with sleep.So someone who is having pain and for example also anxiety can use cannabis therapy one medication to reduce the need for three other medications,” said Dr. Stein.

Suffering from severe back pain and using a walker Christofaro says he’s willing to try it, if it’s cost effective.

“You’re retired now and you really don’t have a lot of money and you have these expenses because of the disease you have,” said Christofaro.

Dr. Stein says the cost varies depending on much marijuana is needed. He will begin seeing patients at Parkinson Place on May 30th.

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