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Medical Cannabis: A New Hope For Alzheimer's Disease

Medical cannabis has been on the rise for the elderly and seniors due to the legalization of cannabis both for recreational and medicinal use along with new researchers being made available to help understand the benefits of cannabis like CBD and THCAlzheimer's Disease is a major neurological disorder of the brain that is a great concern for senior citizens.  We will be discussing what benefits of CBD and medical cannabis has on Alzheimer's patients and the research on cannabis for Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's Disease is not a normal part of aging, but instead Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia that causes a decline in memory, thinking, social skills and behavior.  Unfortunately, this brain disorder gets worse through time and Alzheimer's is caused by a change in the brain that leads to deposits of proteins and results in shrinkage of the brain and eventually dead brain cells.  

Here are some statistics about  Alzheimer's:

  • It is estimated that 6.5 million people aged 65 or older in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer's Disease

  • 70% are 75 or older 

  • About 55 million people suffer from dementia worldwide and 60-70% of them are believed to have Alzheimer's

Early detection of Alzheimer's would include forgetting recent conversations or forgetting events that may have just occurred.  Eventually it will lead to serious memory loss and the inability to complete daily tasks.  Advanced stages of Alzheimer's can result in the loss of brain functions, dehydration, malnutrition and health complications that could lead to death.

There's no cure for Alzheimer's, but three are medications that can help improve conditions or slow down the progress of Alzheimer's.  Medical providers can also help you prepare for the onset of Alzheimer's and provide you with treatment plans and living plans.  

Cannabis like CBD is gaining interest in the Alzheimer's Disease (AD) circle for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.  Scientists are trying to discover the full potential of CBD, THC and what other cannabinoids have on Alzheimer's.  The following is what scientists believe CBD and other cannabis can do for Alzheimer's:  

  • Reduce inflammation in the brain:  cannabinoids like CBD are known to have anti-inflammation properties therefore it can help reduce inflammation in the brain.  Inflammation is associated with cognitive decline in Alzheimer's.

  • Improving cognitive functions: research has suggested that cannabis may be able to enhance cognitive brain functions for patients with Alzheimer's potentially reducing memory loss or cognitive impairment. 

  • Enhance mood and behavior:  there has been evidence that cannabinoids like CBD is able to have a positive effect on mood and behavior for Alzheimer's patients and at the same help reduce stress and anxiety.

  • Delivers analgesic properties:  cannabinoids deliver pain relieving effects which promote comfort and relief to Alzheimer's patients.

  • Improve sleep:  CBD and cannabis in general interact with the Endocannabinoid System which is responsible for regulating sleep/wake cycle.  Cannabinoids can improve sleeping patterns for Alzheimer's patients as they are prone to develop sleeplessness and insomnia.

Most research done on cannabis has shown that cannabinoids like CBD and THC have the potential to slow down symptoms of AD and may have positive effects on the progression of the brain disorder.  All of this just brings a ray of sunshine for the Alzheimer's community.  With all the promises and benefits that CBD and friends have for the AD we need more research and scientific data to help understand the benefits and risk cannabis has on Alzheimer's.  By obtaining more data, health experts can come up with more sustainable recommendations for using CBD to help treat Alzheimer's symptoms.  

If you or your loved ones are showing signs of forgetting recent conversations or events, often misplacing things, forgetting names of objects and places, having trouble coming up with words, asking the same questions repeatedly or making poor judgements it is best to discuss this with your medical provider.  Early detection of dementia or brain disorder means you can start treatment right away and delay progression of this disease.

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Written by Vivek Roachthavilit

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