Parkinson's and Medical Marijuana
Laws regarding the possession and use of marijuana in the State of California changed dramatically on January 01, 2018 with the implementation of Proposition 64. The voter-approved law that governs recreational pot in the Golden State, however, does not offer the complete freedom to buy, grow and smoke marijuana just anywhere you please. In fact, the laws are fairly strict. To further complicate matters, possession of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. For more information, click here.

The links and other items included in this section are offered here as resources for members of our community.

Medical Marijuana

On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, Mr. Bert Telles, from the San Diego Pain Management Center, made a presentation to the Point Loma Parkinson's Group on the role of medical marijuana as it pertains to the treatment of those with PD. (Please note that Mr Telles is now associated with the Allegiance Wellness Center - telephone 858-414-4271.)

The slide show Mr. Telles presented can be found by
clicking here.

The Michael J. Fox YouTube video referenced in Slide 3 of the presentation can be found by
clicking here.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) online publication of studies involving cannabinoides and the treatment of Parkinson's Disease symptoms can be found by
clicking here.

MedPage Today published an article on July 18, 2013, regarding the results of a recent study involving cannabis and the treatment of Parkinson's Disease. The article can by found by clicking here. Note that this study specifically involved the smoking of cannabis.

Group member Nancy Floodberg sent a
link to this thought provoking video regarding medicinal marijuana. The video is about a strain of medical marijuana processed into a marijuana extract high in cannabidiol (CBD) content, called Realm Oil and Alepsia. Called Charlotte’s Web, this extract does not induce the psychoactive high associated with recreational marijuana use. Charlotte's Web is named after Charlotte Figi, whose parents say she experienced a reduction of her epileptic seizures after her first dose of medical marijuana at five years of age, and whose usage of the strain was featured in the 2013 CNN documentary "Weed".

Recent news stories involving medical marijuana and the treatment of Parkinson's Disease can be found by
clicking here.

More information regarding Parkinson's and Medical Marijuana can be found on the National Parkinson's Foundation website by
clicking here.
Medical Marijuana in San Diego County

On June 30, 2010 the Board of Supervisors approved the County’s medical marijuana regulatory and zoning ordinances, which were amended in 2011. While the regulatory ordinance is administered and enforced by the Sheriff and the zoning ordinances are administered and enforced by Planning and Development Services, both ordinances and departments work together to provide the local legal framework for medical marijuana activities including dispensaries and cultivation. To learn more, click here.

Note that County regulations regarding Medical Marijuana clearly state that Prop. 64 did not change California’s law respecting “medical marijuana.”  Indeed, a patient under Proposition 215 (Compassionate Use Act) has an affirmative defense to possess an amount necessary for their medical use, subject to current requirements under state law and/or any local regulation.

The San Diego County Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) Program provides patients with the State medical marijuana identification card, a voluntary card registration program that identifies medical marijuana patients under the
 Compassionate Use Act. To learn more, click here.

For information as to how to apply for a Medical Marijuana ID Card in San Diego,
click here.

Outliers Collective - Included here because we have personally used them to obtain tincture for nausea caused by my Parkinson’s medication. The tincture was immediately helpful . . . but its efficacy seemed to lessen after a dozen or so uses (I did not use it every day).

I no longer use the tincture after accidentally discovering the principles of what is essentially called the ‘
Alkaline Diet’. For much of the past year, I have significantly increased my daily consumption of fruits. Some proponents of the alkaline diet recommend as much as 4 pounds of fruit daily. I don’t eat any where near that amount. I do eat at least one whole apple and a banana daily. Nearly every day, I also drink a large home-made smoothy made of fresh and frozen fruits, nuts (or sometimes peanut butter) and cruciferous vegetables blended in a base of plain apple juice. I add no protein powders, no dairy products, no sugar, etc .

If you read about the ‘alkaline diet’, you will read that while there is no question as to the healthful nature of the ingredients, there is much debate over any claims made regarding the reduction of acid in the gut.

In my case, I no longer take the 300 milligram
Tigan capsules I had been taking daily from the fall of 2009 through April of 2015 to counter the effects of my Parkinson’s medication. Nor do I need the medical marijuana that provided relief from a sudden and prolonged bout of nausea and vomiting I experienced in April - during which time I was unable to keep any medication in my stomach for more than a few minutes before violently expelling it . . . One doctor recommended hospitalization and the insertion of a feeding tube if I couldn’t keep my Tigan down long enough for it to work. Thankfully, it never came to that. Medical marijuana provided a temporary solution until we stumbled upon adding a great deal more fruit to my diet. Nearly one year later, my stomach is at peace with my Parkinson’s medication.
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