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 disorder 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 severe than others, but in general the disorder usually worsens over time.
ET is most often 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.
How can CBD help treat essential tremor?
Researchers conducting studies seem optimistic about CBD’s future in the medical world, specifically when it comes to treating essential tremors.
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 2021.
Dr. Fatta Nahab, a neurologist at UC San Diego Health said, “if found to be effective, CBD 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 about CBD supplements and ET, CBD has been proven effective in treating the very similar Parkinson’s disorder. 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.