What’s Essential Tremor, and Can CBD Oil Help?

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on June 10, 2019

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!

29 comments
  1. Debbie James
    This could prove to be a huge advancement for ET in comparison to medications that really don't seem to help much.

    I am a 61 year old nurse who is still working but in a management position not patient care. My dad had ET and both my younger brother and I have it. Both of us have the head and hand tremors. It’s getting increasingly harder to write and apply make-up. I am currently experimenting with CBD but I would like to know what form, dosage, and brand might be most effective for ET. Also, if a ratio of CBD:THC might be effective. I would like to be part of this study as well.

  2. Ralph Hall
    Brand or Quit?

    My mother suffers from essential tremor, at 56, but CBD does not seem to help. It has been two months since I am giving her abut 2 drops daily in tincture form, should I wait or quit or change the brand? What say?

  3. Liz
    RN with inherited ET

    I am a 56 year old RN and have had ET for over 10 years. I am taking max doses of primidone and gabapentin. My mom is 89 with severe ET. I am purchasing CBD oil for my mom and myself for others conditions but would love to be part of a trial study with CBD for ET. Please consider me for this!

  4. roy jones
    Being trying for twenty years to get a handle on this

    I have tried all the pills none helps, I have been trying to get hucked up for the neuravive procedure no luck yet thinking trying C B D oil.

  5. Linda Flammer
    LF if selected will do trials

    I started with ET about 2007 in right hand. Tried numerous pills and made me sick.
    Will be 75 next year and only thing I take is .25 mg Xanax if needed 3 times a day. Am a firm believer in vitamins and would love to be considered for any trials. Cannot find doctors in my area that approve of this. I did have a stroke -bleed in brain – 2017 and made great improvement but ET’s getting much worse in bith hands and now walking too – don’t want surgery

  6. CONNIE DOUGLAS
    Would like to be part of research study for ET

    I am a registered nurse and, because of my hand and head essential tremors, had to retire several years ago. Nothing helps and they are steadily becoming worse. I would love to be part of this trial for CBD capsules/oil.

  7. B Harlan
    CBD choices

    I have been trying cbd oil in various forms & mg. trying to find the right formula for my ET tremors since March. I would definitely be interested in a trial in Florida. There are so many choices it’s quite overwhelming.

  8. Jodie
    Head tremor

    I am a 61 yr female with a dystonic ( no-no)head tremor. I received Botox shots for number of years that worked really well and then I became resistant. Now I manage it with PT and acupuncture and 5 mg of the lorazapam, which helps somewhat but I’m not a fan of taking. I am using a topical cbd:thc that I believe helps. I would love to know the right formula to try orally and be in a study. I’m highly functional and healthy but this is a daily issue of management.

  9. Sunni
    My experience with CBD.

    Having tried CBD myself for my fibro and tremor. The 1:1 THC:CBD made my internal tremors worse and made me extremely shaky. Ontop of that I vaped my 1:1 too much, I’m assuming; and it actually made me black out. Twice!
    Make sure you micro dose!
    I’ve tried .5 mg tincture 3:1 THC:CBD and it did help with pain.
    I felt shaky but only did a max of 1 mg a day and it didn’t effect my tremor.
    My personal situation is that THC has been helping my tremor for almost 8 years. To the point now that I can take a before and after video minutes apart.

  10. Shellie Dickstein
    Seeking CBD help for tremor

    I am turning 65 this summer and have had an essential tremor in my right hand for over 20 years but is getting worse. I have totally switched to using my left hand for eating and passing items. It is also often difficult for me to write. I am very interested in being part of a CBD trial and learning exactly which CBD oils people are trying on their own with success.

  11. Dottie
    Looking for help with tremors

    I would love to be a part of this study. I am 69 years old and my hand tremors are getting worse as I get older. I have trouble writing and eating with utensils. My mother had this so I suppose I inherited them from her.

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