What is Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease is a disorder passed down through families in which nerve cells in certain parts of the brain waste away, or degenerate.

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March 12, 2015

How Cannabigerol (CBG) May Help Battle Huntington’s Disease Symptoms
Huntington’s Disease is a genetic disorder that runs in families. If a child inherits the mutated HTT gene from a parent, they will eventually develop Huntington’s Disease at some point in their life. No current treatments can stop or reverse the disease’s progress, and drugs used for symptomatic relief have side effects ranging from fatigue to restlessness. The best possible treatment would be one that directly targets abnormal genes. Interestingly, a compound from cannabis may have this ability. How Cannabigerol (CBG) Fights Huntington’s Disease Most of the research on cannabis has been dedicated to …
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January 09, 2015

Study: Cannabinoids May Prevent Movement Impairment Associated with Huntington’s Disease
An Introduction to Huntington’s Disease Huntington’s disease is a severely debilitating neurodegenerative disease caused by a genetic mutation. Although the exact mechanism is not fully known, the development of this mutated protein seems to lead to destruction of neurons in the basal ganglia, a part of the brain involved in movement regulation, and other areas. Patients with Huntington’s disease tend to experience significant dysfunction in movement, thought processing, and normal psychiatric functioning. Symptoms ordinarily begin in the 30s-40s, and patients usually pass away within 10 to 20 …
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November 18, 2014

An Overview of Huntington’s Disease and Cannabis
An Introduction to Huntington’s Disease Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a severely debilitating neurodegenerative disease caused by a genetic mutation which leads to creation of mutated “huntingtin” protein (normally, the huntingtin protein functions to preserve cells of the nervous system [neurons], especially in the brain). Although the exact mechanism is not fully known, the development of this mutated protein leads to destruction of neurons in the basal ganglia, a part of the brain involved in movement regulation, as well as other areas. Patients with Huntington’s Disease tend to experience …
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November 11, 2014

Neurodegenerative Diseases and Medical Marijuana
What Are Neurodegenerative Diseases? Neurodegenerative diseases are those which result mainly from dysfunction of the central nervous system (the CNS, made up of the brain and spinal cord) as a result of damage to neurons, the primary cells of this system that communicate with each other to send signals throughout the brain and body. Damage to neurons of the CNS can result in a decreased ability to send signals to the peripheral, autonomic, and enteric nervous systems, which make it possible for us to move, touch, digest, breathe, react to and sense our environment, …
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August 06, 2014

Study: Ultra-Low Doses Of THC May Help Protect Against Neurodegenerative Diseases
There is a great deal of evidence suggesting that cannabis could be beneficial for the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. In fact, a Brazilian study published last year suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) could help ward off neuronal cell death in the face of neurodegradation. In order to provide more insight on the topic of medical marijuana …
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May 14, 2014

Medical Marijuana: Much More Than Just THC and CBD
For years now Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been the most popular and widely researched cannabinoid in cannabis science. However, nowadays it seems like cannabidiol (CBD) has stolen the spotlight given its ability to provide therapeutic relief to children suffering from various epileptic disorders, while lacking the psychotropic effects (i.e. high) of THC. It’s even gotten to the point that state legislature are passing laws “CBD-only” medical marijuana legislation. Given all of this, it is easy to see how CBD and THC can be viewed …
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August 15, 2013

Study: Cannabidiol (CBD) May Help to Prevent or Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases
Cannabidiol (CBD) May Prevent Buildup of Excess Iron In The Brain With the advances in science, life expectancy is much longer now than it was 100 years ago. While this is a positive thing, it means that more and more people are being affected by neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. “Iron is deposited in parts of the body and gradually builds up. Excess iron is linked to various diseases, such as: liver fibrosis, …

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