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Cannabidiol: a hope to treat non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease patients

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European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience

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  • Sidra Saleememail.svgArsalan Anwar
  • Sidra Saleem1

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  • Arsalan Anwar1

Dow Medical CollegeKarachiPakistan

Letter to the Editor

First Online: 05 June 2019

We read an article, “Is Cannabidiol the ideal drug to treat non-motor Parkinson’s disease symptoms” by Cripp [1], the novel discussion and explanation of the role of cannabidiol (CBD) in Parkinson’s disease (PD) inspired us to write our feedback. We would like to share our views on the role of CBD in the prevention and treatment of movement disorders.

CBD is one of the main components of Cannabis sativa investigated previously for its neuroprotective effects. Its mechanism of action is multifaceted including partial agonist activity on CB1 and CB2 receptors, an agonist of 5-HT1A, up-regulation PPARγ, antagonist of the G-protein-coupled receptor GPR55, reverses the iron-induced epigenetic modification of mitochondrial DNA and the reduction of succinate dehydrogenase activity, decreases the levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1β, TNF-α, IFN-β, IFN-γ, IL-17, and IL-6. All these effects decrease pro-inflammatory mediators and increasing anti-inflammatory mediators and resulting in neuroprotective, anxiolytic and antipsychotic effects [2].

Parkinson disease (PD) primarily comprises motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms. Levodopa/carbidopa is effective in treating motor symptoms but non-motor symptoms of PD including apathy, sleep disorders, mood disorders, and autonomic dysfunctions such as alterations in the gait and urinary tract are no well controlled. These symptoms are not because of decrease dopamine but because of the neurodegeneration of nuclei and cholinergic structures such as the pedunculopontine nucleus. Most of the time these symptoms are under-treated and substantially affect the quality of life in PD patients [3].

Few studies have done with the focus on the treatment of non-motor symptoms of PD. Only three clinical trials and seven preclinical models found the use of CBD in Parkinson’s disease and showed improvement of non-motor symptoms and quality of life with the use of 300 mg of CBD as compared to placebo [4]. But these studies are not enough to make a recommendation or approved by the FDA because of the short duration of the study and small sample size, although this has given hope and opens a new door for researchers.


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  • 1.
    Crippa JAS, Hallak JE, Zuardi AW, Guimarães FS, Tumas V, dos Santos RG (2019) Is cannabidiol the ideal drug to treat non-motor Parkinson’s disease symptoms? Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 269:1–13CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Peres FF, Lima AC, Hallak JE, Crippa JA, Silva RH, Abílio VC (2018) Cannabidiol as a promising strategy to treat and prevent movement disorders? Front Pharmacol 9:482CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Marinus J, Zhu K, Marras C, Aarsland D, van Hilten JJ (2018) Risk factors for non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease. Lancet Neurol 17:559–568CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Chagas MHN, Zuardi AW, Tumas V, Pena-Pereira MA, Sobreira ET, Bergamaschi MM, dos Santos AC, Teixeira AL, Hallak JE, Crippa JAS (2014) Effects of cannabidiol in the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease: an exploratory double-blind trial. J Psychopharmacol 28(11):1088–1098CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Saleem, S. & Anwar, A. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci (2019).

  • Received 31 March 2019
    Accepted 15 May 2019
    First Online 05 June 2019
    Publisher Name Springer Berlin Heidelberg
    Print ISSN 0940-1334
    Online ISSN 1433-8491

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