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Ask the MD: Medical Marijuana and Parkinson's Disease Posted by Rachel Dolhun, MD, May 02, 2018

What Is the Research on Cannabinoids and Parkinson's? Our bodies make natural cannabinoids that control sleep, appetite, mood and other processes by binding to receptors throughout the body and brain. These receptors are found in particularly high numbers in the basal ganglia, a circuit of brain cells that controls movement and is affected in Parkinson's. Because the cannabinoids in marijuana bind to the receptors in our body and brain, researchers have looked at whether they could bind to basal ganglia and other receptors to modify the course of PD or help ease symptoms of disease.

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