Health & Wellness

CBD for Essential Tremor: How It Can Help You Manage Your Symptoms

By Harris Wheless

Cannabis compounds—and CBD in particular—have been looming large in the public consciousness lately. The business world and the medical community are both becoming attuned to the ways in which CBD products can help people manage symptoms associated with certain conditions.

One of the most recent discovered uses for CBD is its potential in treating essential tremors. This disorder is characterized by unsteady hands or other involuntary movements. People with this condition have started making use of CBD’s anti-tremor mechanisms, and many of them have found daily doses of CBD products to be successful in managing their symptoms. Read on to learn more about how CBD may be able to help with essential tremors.

What is Essential Tremor?

Essential tremor is the most common neurological movement disorder in the United States, affecting about 1% of the population and up to 5% of people over the age of 65. Tremors most commonly affect certain parts of the body, including the hands, head, voice, and legs. The lower body is not normally affected.

This nervous system disorder is often confused with Parkinson’s disease because they both involve involuntary shaking, especially of the hands. The shaking often occurs when doing simple tasks, like drinking from a glass or tying shoelaces. Some cases are more or less severe, but in general the disorder usually worsens over time.

ET is most commonly found in people over 40, and is thought to be caused by a genetic mutation. It is not a life-threatening condition, and is only disabling when it becomes severe. However, it does make it difficult for those with the disorder to do some everyday tasks.

What you need to know about CBD

Many of the people affected by essential tremor find it difficult to complete hand-related tasks because of the consistent shaking. If this sounds like you, but you have yet to be diagnosed, your first step should be to consult a medical professional. CBD can be helpful for managing symptoms, but it’s essential that you get a doctor’s opinion before trying to treat anything on your own.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabis compound that has gained recent popularity for its ability to manage pain, inflammation, anxiety, and many other issues—but without the mind altering effects of marijuana.

The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp production legal under federal law, which led to an influx of cannabis-derived products into the consumer market. However, the legality of CBD and hemp is constantly shifting, and can vary by state.

You should also note that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved CBD to cure, prevent, or treat essential tremor or any other condition. When shopping for CBD, it’s necessary for consumers to do their own research and determine which brands sell trustworthy products you can rely on.

Many of the prescription drugs used to treat essential tremors can sometimes affect mood or cause depression. CBD is an alternative natural remedy with anti-tremor capabilities that has a good safety profile, along with minimal side effects.

What the experts say

Researchers conducting clinical trials seem optimistic about CBD’s future in the medical world, and specifically when it comes to treating essential tremors. Several important studies will be taking place this year, and help us in our ongoing attempt to better understand how CBD can help people.

The University of California San Diego has been leading the charge on ET research. University researchers from the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research are in the process of conducting some of the first controlled trials testing the effectiveness of cannabis in treating ET. They plan to have results by next year.

Dr. Fatta Nahab, a neurologist at UC San Diego Health said, “if found to be safe and effective, cannabis would not only serve as an exciting new addition to the limited treatment options currently available for patients with ET, but it might also provide scientists with new insights on essential tremor.”

Although no conclusive evidence currently exists with regard to cannabis supplements and ET, the ball has begun rolling on research. Keep an eye out as new studies emerge and our understanding of how to treat the disorder develops.

How CBD can help you be your best self

To have the best user experience with CBD, do research on which brands and products are most trustworthy and best fit your needs. Many CBD brands offer products with different application methods, including but not limited to oil, cream, balm, edibles, and vape. There are a lot of options out there, so choose carefully.

It’s also important to read labels and product descriptions thoroughly and determine what contents are present in the product. Look out for products with high levels of THC or brands who are trying to sell something that doesn’t actually contain CBD.

While CBD generally has few side effects, it’s still a good idea to consult a physician who knows your medical history and can assist with dosing and product choice. Make sure you talk to a doctor about how CBD may interact with any existing medications you’re taking. If you do proper research and listen to your body, a little CBD can go a long way in managing your symptoms.

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