What is Essential Tremor, and Can CBD Oil Help Relieve it?
October 8, 2018

What is Essential Tremor, and Can CBD Oil Help Relieve it?

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on October 8, 2018

what is essential tremor

Around the world, there are hundreds of adverse medical conditions that inflict themselves upon millions of people every day. While many of these conditions are well known, there are still plenty of lesser-known and lesser-researched conditions that affect a huge percentage of the world.

Essential Tremor, sometimes referred to as ET, is one such condition which affects around 7 million Americans, and millions more the world over. Despite how common ET is, there is yet to be any cure and there is very little treatment in place.

| “Despite how common Essential Tremor is, there is yet to be any cure and there is very little treatment in place…”

However, recently there have been some promising movements towards research into cannabis offering potential relief for those suffering from essential tremor, namely CBD oil. But can CBD oil really help relieve symptoms of essential tremor? We take a look at what an ET is, and how CBD oil could help.

What is an Essential Tremor?

Essential tremor is a type of shake or tremble, often confused with Parkinson’s disease. However, an ET presents itself during movement, particularly things such as writing or holding heavy objects, and doesn’t tend to occur 24/7.

Essential tremors usually occur in the hands, presenting in up and down movements. However, they can also affect the arms, head, eyelids, and larynx (voice box), which results in a shaky voice. Essential tremors can be difficult to detect at first, as they tend to start discreetly and worsen over time.

An essential tremor is not to be confused with what is considered to be a normal tremor, as most people do have a slight tremor when performing specific tasks, which is entirely reasonable and nothing to be concerned about. Things such as caffeine, stress, smoking, and tiredness can bring on a normal tremor.

What Causes an Essential Tremor?

Statistics reveal that at least half of those suffering from an essential tremor have a family member with the same condition. With evidence showing that the condition can be passed through family genes, this appears to be the most significant cause of the condition.

However, many sufferers don’t have afflicted family members, so what are the other causes of essential tremor? Below are some of the leading causes:

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dystonia
  • Withdrawal from substances such as alcohol
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Overactive thyroid

What Treatments are Available to Those With Essential Tremor?

There is currently no cure for essential tremors, and treatment is limited to medication or surgery in extreme cases. While there is no medication capable of completely removing the symptoms of essential tremor, there are some that can reduce them. Some commonly prescribed medications include:

  • Primidone (anti-seizure drug)
  • Beta-blockers
  • Gabapentin
  • Topiramate

Could CBD Oil Help Reduce an Essential Tremor?

Cannabis has now been heavily researched for its potential in treating a plethora of medical conditions, and there are now many states across America that have laws allowing cannabis use in some form.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one the most heavily researched compounds of the marijuana plant, as it shows massive potential for medicinal treatment. Research has shown that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a patented neuroprotectant, among other promising benefits.

Despite the level of research into CBD, and with so many states having their medical marijuana programs in place to treat a list of qualifying conditions, there is still minimal research into cannabis for essential tremor.

CBD’s ability to treat conditions such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s shows testament to the abilities of the cannabinoid, with epilepsy drug Epidiolex recently being the first ever drug approved by the FDA. Until recently, there has been no real movement to research the effects the cannabinoid could have on essential tremor patients.

CBD Oil for Tremors

As we have stated, there is a great deal of research into cannabinoids such as CBD, and their ability to relax muscles and ease seizures or tremor-like symptoms.

Research has shown that the cannabinoids found within the marijuana plant interact with the bodies internal endocannabinoid system(ECS), which plays a vital role in our everyday regulation of bodily functions. Our ECS controls the way we feel pain, hunger, emotions, and regulates things such as body temperature and other important things that keep us healthy.

When something goes amiss internally, it is the role of the ECS to release healing endocannabinoids, and when CBD is consumed, it works alongside the ECS to increase the rate of cannabinoids, which are released.

In the case of tremors, CBD may work with our ECS to target the cannabinoid receptors in both the brain and the body, which control our muscles. This interaction can aid relaxation, reduce inflammation, and ease symptoms of tremors. It is for these reasons that CBD has been patented as a neuroprotectant.

Future Research into CBD for Essential Tremor

Despite encouraging research into CBD for other conditions that have some similar symptoms, we are no closer to adding essential tremor to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.

However, all is not lost as there has been a recent breakthrough for the industry over in San Diego! The University of California San Diego’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research has recently announced that the FDA has approved their plans to receive both CBD and THC capsules from Tilray. This is to research the effectiveness of the cannabinoids in treating tremors.

| “UC San Diego has recently announced approval to receive CBD capsules from Tilray, in an effort to research the effects of cannabinoids on treating Essential Tremor.”

This is massive news for sufferers of essential tremor, but also for the cannabis industry as a whole; even though cannabis has been approved for medicinal use in 31 states, this will be the first time that scientists have looked to the plant for its effectiveness in calming essential tremors.

Final Thoughts on CBD Oil for Essential Tremor

While the big research project into the benefits of CBD and THC in essential tremor patients isn’t due to start until next year, the evidence of how these cannabinoids work with similar conditions is promising.

With conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, MS and epilepsy being treated successfully with CBD, things are certainly looking promising for the future of CBD and essential tremor patients. Watch this space!

  1. Jessica Bernardi

    Interested for my father. He has Essential tremors I suppose from quitting drinking, but the tremor is getting worse and it’s been over 2 years. He is on Parkinson’s meds but it doesn’t seem to be working.

  2. Heather
    Hopeful for a treatment

    If there is an actually study for this, then I would like to nominate my mother. She is 56 and has had Essential Tremors since she was 16 and it only got worse when she was pregnant with me. It’s getting to the point where she can’t write, has trouble pouring drinks and using utensils. It’s really heartbreaking, and I just want her to get better.

  3. Jean Langlois
    CBD or CBD + THC ?

    I wonder if the use of “cbd oil” (without thc) would worth a try.
    Anyway I will try!

  4. Sharon K Yntema
    Vocal tremors and spasmodic dysphonia

    I have a dual diagnosis of spasmodic dysphonia and vocal tremors. I’d be glad to be a test subject although I am already starting to see if CBD oil will help on my own since it’s now legal. After only 4 days I have observed a surprising change in my voice, not 100% but maybe 50% better, which helps my confidence in speaking tremendously.

    1. ML

      I would love to know what kind of oil helped?

    2. Mary
      What type and dose are you using?

      Was wondering what type(brand) of CBD oil you are using and how you are taking it–orally, rub on skin, other? Also how much do you take and how often? Are your tremors related at all to cervical spinal nerve root or spinal cord compression or (specifically C3, C4, C5, C6, C7)? Thanks in advance.

  5. Troy Johnson
    Cannabis has provide relief in my case

    This is week 4 of my self medication of sublingual cannabis spray. The strain is a 1:1 thc/cbd but the cbd content is over 10%. After 4 weeks I have had relief of my symptoms by 70%. I does 5 ml twice a day and it has worked wonders.

  6. Glenn J Cristaldi

    My essential tremors are horrible. I believe they are a result of taking so many psychotropic medications over the years. I would love to be a guinea pig. Thank you

  7. Leslie Knudsen
    ET go home.

    Both parents had ET but not affecting their voice like mine has. Would certainly be willing to be a “tester”. Thank you.

  8. Madeline Ventry
    I would be very interested to participate in any research regarding essential tremors and cbd thc. I have ets and I am 71 in good health so if at all possible include me.

    Have not tried it yet, but if it helps I would be a willing participant.

  9. Becky
    Side effects of meds suck

    I have Essential Tremors and would love to be in this research study at 58 I was told not to work recently but have to pay bills right…its getting more difficult and on my 4th different medication as side effects have ranged from nausea ,passing out, to dry mouth even to point of tongue splitting deeply..about ready to give up on this meds side effects are worse than tremors and voice stutters and shakes…

  10. JoAnn Preen
    Essential Tremors

    I totally would be interested in this study for Essential Tremors. I have been ruled out for Parkinson’s, but my Tremors are definitely getting worse. I am on Metoprolol Succinate which I am still on my starting dose since I am sensitive to medication increase. I also have AFib, which is also beneficial to the Metoprolol. My Tremors started getting worse after a auto accident a year ago, which I suffered a whiplash and concussion. I am no longer able to work. Feel free to contact me. Thank you.

  11. Natasha Furry
    I need your HELP with this roduct so I can work again!!

    I have developed Essential Tremors that has affected my ability to work, so I am most interested in how your testing goes for the treatment or at least some sore of relief so that I can work again..
    I would gladly volunteer to be a part of a test group if needed although I am 77. Do not have Parkenson’s.

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