Position Statements & Policies
Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) and Parkinson's
Marijuana (also referred to as cannabis), is legally accessible in Canada for medical purposes. To-date, it has not been conclusively demonstrated by science based evaluation that marijuana can directly benefit people with Parkinson’s disease. There is a need for larger, controlled studies to better understand the efficacy of medical use of marijuana for Parkinson’s.
Click the links below to view Supporting documentation for Parkinson Canada’s position statement.
If you are considering medical use of marijuana for Parkinson’s, we recommend you consult with your health care professional to carefully weigh potential risks and/or benefits for your individual situation.
Parkinson Canada provides credible, up-to-date information on Parkinson’s and care management. We do not provide medical advice. Our purpose is to meet the needs of Canadians living with Parkinson’s by enhancing their knowledge in order to make informed decisions. We will continue to monitor the topic of marijuana for medical purposes and will update our resources as new information becomes available.
For more information on treatment options for Parkinson’s disease, please consult the Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s disease at: parkinsonclinicalguidelines.ca
For more information about Parkinson Canada and its advocacy work, including more information about this position statement, contact email@example.com
Medical Assistance in Dying
On June 17, 2016, Bill C-14 on Medical Assistance in Dying became law in Canada. In response to a demand for information and clarity from the Parkinson’s community across Canada, including: people living with Parkinson’s, their families and the people who provide care for them; Parkinson Canada developed a position statement on the new, federal Medical Assistance in Dying legislation.
Parkinson Canada’s position on medical assistance in dying is guided by Canadian federal legislation; our vision, mission and values; and consultation with many sources including, most importantly, the Parkinson’s community. The statement below was approved by the Board of Parkinson Canada on October 1, 2016.
Parkinson Canada provides credible, up-to-date information on Parkinson’s and care management. Parkinson Canada does not provide medical advice. Anyone seeking more information on medical assistance in dying as an option should speak to their health care provider.
Parkinson Canada provides credible, up-to-date information on Parkinson’s and care management. Parkinson Canada does not provide medical advice. Our purpose is to meet the needs of Canadians living with Parkinson’s by enhancing their knowledge in order to make informed decisions. Parkinson Canada makes referrals to health care professionals knowledgeable about Parkinson’s. A person living with Parkinson’s should speak to a health care professional before making changes to medications or care plans.
Non-Endorsement of Products, Services or Enterprises
Parkinson Canada will not endorse any specific product, service or enterprise.
Access to Drugs Approved by Health Canada
Parkinson Canada is committed to:
Parkinson Canada supports the current process for drug approval, including the use of Health Canada’s Special Access Programme, and post-marketing surveillance and evaluation.
Understanding Perceived Endorsement – Key Points
Disclaimer: The contents of this document are provided for information purposes only, and do not represent advice, an endorsement or a recommendation, with respect to any product, service or enterprise, and/or the claims and properties thereof, by Parkinson Canada.
Clarification of Additional Advocacy Efforts and Non-Endorsement
Parkinson Canada does not endorse any specific medications/treatments through the development of Patient Evidence Submissions. Parkinson Canada participates in the patient/organizational input opportunities provided by FPT governments to ensure the Canadian Parkinson’s Community receives equal access to medications/treatments which have received Notice of Compliance through Health Canada.
Stem Cell Research
Stem Cell Research Q&A
3. Does Parkinson Canada fund embryonic stem cell research?
Yes. Parkinson Canada would fund embryonic stem cell research within the regulating framework and with full consent. Through Parkinson Canada’s National Research Program, grants that receive the highest rating for scientific excellence and relevance to Parkinson’s are recommended for funding.
4. What if I do not want my donation to support embryonic stem cell research?
Donations to Parkinson Canada can be directed to any of the four pillars of the organization: research (including psychosocial and scientific research), education, support services and advocacy.
5. Can Parkinson’s be treated by using stem cells?
Not at the present time. For most diseases, such as Parkinson’s, it is still being determined which cells will work best to repair the damaged or diseased tissue, and how to get those cells to the right place in the body (i.e., the brain).